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We are dedicated in supporting and advocating for all justice impacted women and gender expansive populations.

On October 13, 2021, WCJA Staff member, Jordyn Rosenthal, testified in front of the New York State Senate regarding the #EndPredatoryCourtFeesAct sponsored by Senator Julia Salazar.

On Tuesday, June 8th, our Executive Director, Sharon White-Harrigan, was in conversation with the Executive Director of Common Justice, Danielle Sered. This conversation, entitled “Accountability Without Prisons: Why We Should Close the Rose M. Singer Center“, touched upon what constitutes a violent felony, why they occur, the violent vs. non-violent binary, and the importance of utilizing alternatives to incarceration and detention.

To watch and share the event recording, click here.

On April 26th, we held a rally at the New York Stock Exchange and on Zoom with directly impacted people, activists, and survivors of Rikers Island. As we rallied, we uplifted women & gender expansive people on Rikers and the horrible conditions in which they suffer.

We call on the New York City Council, those running for council positions, the Mayor, mayoral candidates, and anyone running for office in New York City to commit to closing the Rose M. Singer Center before the 2027 deadline. The replacement facility should not house more than 100 people and be a place of healing and resources rather than punishment.

Currently, the Queens facility which will house women is scheduled to be built last, meaning that women and gender expansive people will be the last to leave Rikers Island. In the meantime, DOC plans to spend $107 million renovating the Rose M. Singer Center. We advocate to use those resources to house women and gender expansive populations in their own communities, while providing them with trauma informed and trauma responsive resources.

Press coverage of the #WhatAboutHer Women at Rikers rally – “#WhatAboutHer? Financial District rally seeks to help women incarcerated on Rikers Island”