315 Linwood Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208 sharon@wcja.org

Mission, Vision, and Goals

Who is WCJA?

The Women’s Community Justice Association (WCJA) leaders, board, staff and Task Force volunteers’ leaders have over a century of experience in leading criminal (in)justice reform through the gender based lens. We are leaders in building change for women and gender non-conforming people impacted by mass incarceration.

The Justice 4 Women Task Force (J4WTF) is a collective under WCJA and comprised of systems and directly impacted people, supporters, partners, and friends, who are indispensable in carrying out our purpose and vision. Together, we are experts in women’s rights and take the lead in creating change in the unjust systems that impacts them most.

WCJA’s unique position and expert view through lived experience, policy & advocacy, community building, and day-to-day services and response to women specifically makes the organization a force in building systemic change.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to fight for a fair, just, dignified, and safe justice system for women, including everyone who identifies as a woman, as well as gender non-conforming people. We do this by three strategies:

  1. Decarcerate by closing facilities, fighting for the release of incarcerated women, trans, and gender-expansive populations, and advocating for alternative to incarceration and detention programs.
  2. Advocate for the reinvestment of resources into communities impacted by incarceration.
  3. Organize and strategize in order to change the laws, policies, facilities, and procedures that harm women, girls, transgender and gender-expansive people.

Our Vision:

Our vision is to disrupt and dismantle the unjust, racially charged systems that target the black and brown communities and perpetuate trauma, violence, and harm to women, trans, and gender-expansive people. To further the fight of long-term stability of these populations we do this through advocating for racial, economic, and gender justice.

Key Recommendations:

  • Decarceration of women, LGBTQI+ and gender non-conforming New Yorkers
  • Community Reinvestments to expand critical community-based services and resources.
  • Affordable Housing Development: All people should have access to affordable housing.
  • Closure of the Rose M. Singer Center on Rikers Island: Rosie’s should be closed now-not 2027
  • Implement and enact the Domestic Violence Survivor’s Justice Act (DVSJA) law at every level of the criminal legal system, and all officers trained in the law and practice trauma-informed & responsive care and women are assessed before arrest.

Long-Term Goals:

  • WCJA seeks to repair and/or preserve existing relationships between women, children, their families, and their community by ensuring that services needed for long term stability are available.
  • Women and gender expansive populations will have greater opportunities to access alternatives to detention/incarceration.
  • Services will continue to be available for those who are remanded, as well as post-discharge within their community.