Tracy Benson comes to CJNY from the Midwest with over 14 years of organizing experience. She started her work fighting to break down barriers to higher education for students of color, mobilizing students to go after state and federal budgets and racial profiling legislation. After being a higher education lobbyist, she started working with Southeast Asian and African American teens in her neighborhood, a community plagued by over-policing, racial profiling, surveillance, and excessive violence from law enforcement.
Over the next ten years, she organized with youth of color to create a local "Stop the Rail to Jail" movement in Wisconsin, a state that leads the nation in disproportionately locking down youth of color. She worked directly with system involved youth of color to address school policing, immigration/deportation issues, and racial and ethnic disparities in the local juvenile justice system. Tracy also served as a CJNY Advisory Council member for eight years before coming onto staff at CJNY.Phone: 415-321-4100 x115