Tracy McCarter is a Black mother, grandmother, and trained nurse based in New York City who is being prosecuted by the Manhattan District Attorney for her efforts to survive domestic violence, facing substantial prison time.
In March 2020, Tracy was wrongfully arrested and charged with murder after surviving a domestic violence assault during which her abuser died. Despite evidence that she was defending her life, the fact that she was the one who called the police immediately after the incident occurred, and even used her training as a nurse to provide her abuser with medical care, she was arrested and charged with murder, facing 25 years to life in prison. This is not an anomaly. It’s all too common for survivors of domestic violence, especially Black women, to be prosecuted for experiencing domestic violence and daring to survive it. According to one study, 90% of women incarcerated in New York prisons report being survivors of abuse.
We are raising money to help Tracy care for herself during this process as we push Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to drop all charges against her. Unfortunately, due to the nature of her charges, Tracy has been blocked from joining her fellow nurses at the front lines of the pandemic and can no longer work to support herself and her family. As a result, we are requesting support in the form of donations to help Tracy live as comfortably as possible as she attempts to heal through this traumatic experience. Financial assistance will help with rent payments, groceries, transportation, utilities, therapy and any other unforeseen emergency expenses.