Transgender Advocates for Justice and Accountability Coalition
The Transgender Advocates for Justice and Accountability (TAJA's) Coalition was founded in February 2015 in response to the brutal murder of Taja Gabrielle de Jesus, a transgender woman of color and resident of San Francisco. The organization has been in continuous operation since it was founded. At its inception, TAJA's Coalition was one of the only organizations led and driven by transgender women of color in San Francisco. The Coalition consists of individuals and organizational allies committed to the shared mission to stop the genocide of trans women of color. The vision of TAJA's Coalition is safety for trans women and GNC individuals in a world free of the prison industrial complex and state violence; an economy centered on the needs of people; and arrangements of power and space that centers interdependence.
Transgender Advocates for Justice and Accountability Coalition is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit.
Governance/Board of Directors
Our Executive Committee has four business and community leaders from across the San Francisco Bay Area. Board members serve without pay; each board member pays their own expenses to attend semi-annual meetings and committee meetings.
Remembering Taja Gabrielle de Jesus
Taja Gabrielle de Jesus was a beautiful soul who was unapologetically unafraid to always be herself. She had an infectious energy that, combined with her sweet nature, made her a delight to everyone whose path she crossed. And when she did cross your path, she always had a story to share. It might have made you laugh or made you cry, but it was always, truly, authentically her. She was well-loved by everyone for her kind heart, inspirational spirit, and impeccable style--she loved to rock those flashy outfits.
On Sunday, February 1, Taja was brutally stabbed and became the 5th trans woman murdered in the US in 2015. That's more than one murder a week. And all of them were women of color. She is also the fourth trans woman of color in California to be murdered in the last four months. We must put an end to this continual dynamic. It saddens and angers us every time someone from our community is taken from us. It devastates us when it's someone we know and love.
The Transgender Advocates for Justice and Accountability Coalition ("TAJA") is united in anger and outrage over her murder. TAJA's Coalition includes leadership from TGI Justice Project, El/La Para Translatinas, Trans March, Community United Against Violence, Transgender Law Center, St. James Infirmary, The SF LGBT Center, Trans Employment Program (TEEI), TRANS:THRIVE at the API Wellness Center, Dimensions Clinic, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, and Trans Life at the SF AIDS Foundation.