Justice 4 Women Task Force

Follow the task force on Twitter @Justice4WomenTF and the Women’s Community Justice Association on Twitter @WomensCJA

History

In Mid-March it became clear that the impact of the novel Corona-19 Virus was devastating New York citizens. However, what about the women detained at state, county and city correctional facilities? A series of events took place; simultaneously, women with lived experience and who are leaders at College and Community Fellowship (CCF) and Women Community Justice Association (WCJA), then Women Community Justice Association (WCJA) and New Hour-LI for Mothers and Children were in conversation about the pressing issues surrounding COVID-19 and women in jail and prisons. The three seized upon the opportunity to raise the issue at the April 6, 2020 Beyond Rosies Action Group (BRAG), under the auspices of WCJA. The outpouring of support that night led to the forming of the Justice 4 Women Task Force. It was clear “we had to speak out and to take action”. In collaboration with fierce and dedicated advocates, agencies, supporters, partners, and friends-the task force now is a collective force. Our purpose is to bring women home and to improve the conditions for women in any facility in NYS, county jails, and at the RMSC in NYC. Our organizational structure is simple– one of the four conveners run our meetings, there are several committees, and a small number who have taken on assignments to help us to achieve our purpose. In the spirit of fellowship, please sign up and attend a ZOOM meeting to learn more, to volunteer on a committee and to take part in any “action” we as a group call for. We do ask that if you are invited or called upon to speak up on behalf of the Justice 4 Women Covid-19 Task Force that you identify yourself as one of many who have come together to bring women home and to fight for the health care women need at any NYS, local, or county facility.

In Solidarity,

The Justice 4 Women Task Force

You may contact the task force by Sharon White-Harrigan 646.546.8591 or sharon@wcja.org