Who is WCJA?
The Women’s Community Justice Association (WCJA) is a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of women and gender expansive New Yorkers affected by mass incarceration. Founded in 2018, WCJA is led by justice-impacted women and focuses on change through policy advocacy, community organizing and service. WCJA leads the #BEYONDrosies campaign and the Justice 4 Women Task Force.
#BEYONDrosies is a campaign led by WCJA advocating for the women & gender expansive people at the Rose M. Singer Center (Rosie's) jail on Rikers Island with the goals of:
- Permanently closing Rosie’s before the city’s 2027 timeline.
- Decarcerating the population to under 100.
- Securing a humane, centrally-located, accessible Women’s Center for Justice that is separate from men in Manhattan at Lincoln in Harlem. This has been endorsed by former NYS Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, Chair of the Rikers Commission and the Mayors Social Justice Commission.