Who We Are:
#BEYONDrosies is a broad coalition of impacted women, service providers and other organizations led by the Women’s Community Justice Association (WJCA), a non-profit that was officially incorporated in 2018.
Our movement was created because the women of Rikers were often treated as an afterthought. Under the city’s plan to shut Rikers by 2027, Rosie’s was the last to close–even though there are just a few hundred women incarcerated there, which is much smaller than the population of nearly 6,000 men.
The #BEYONDrosies campaign is not and has never been about simply shutting down the Rose M. Singer Center (hence the “BEYOND” in our name). Our movement is also about releasing women back to their families and communities, and providing them with trauma-informed care, treatment, and wrap-around services. Research has proven that this is what works best to heal justice-impacted people, help them thrive, and enhance public safety.