Non-profit

Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ)

Website:

afj-ny.org

Location:

New York, NY

Tax ID:

82-1971330

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2021):

Revenue: $1,591,170
Expenses: $1,198,556
Assets: $1,011,042

Type:

Criminal Justice Advocacy Group

Formation:

2016

Executive Director:

Soffiyah Elijah

Budget (2022):

Revenue: $2,134,929

Expenses: $1,824,939

Assets: $1,308,630 1

References

  1. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Alliance of Families for Justice. 2022. Part I. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/821971330/202301729349301550/full

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The Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ) is a left-of-center criminal justice reform advocacy organization based in New York City. Founded in 2016, the organization claims it aims to end the, “abuses of human rights behind bars and halting the era of mass criminalization.” 1

Leadership

Executive Director

Soffiyah Elijah is the executive director of the AFJ, serving in the role since its inception in 2016. Prior to this, she worked as executive director of the Correctional Association of NY (CANY), served as Deputy Director and Clinical Instructor at the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, and was the Director and Supervising Attorney of the Defender Clinic at the City University of New York School of Law. 2

Advisory Board

As of 2024, convicted domestic terrorist and radical left activist Susan Rosenberg is listed as an advisory board member of the AFJ. 3 4 Previously a member of the violent radical group Weather Underground, she was arrested and sentenced to 58 years in federal prison after being arrested for possession of explosives and weapons during the planning of a number of bombing operations. 5 Following her release in 2001 when then-President Bill Clinton commuted her sentence, Rosenberg has served with a number of left-wing advocacy groups including Thousand Currents and American Jewish World Service. 6 7 The AFJ previously labeled Rosenberg as a “political prisoner,” who also spoke at an event marking their launch in 2016. 8

Adeel Mangi, the nominee for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals by President Joe Biden, is also listed as a member of the AFJ’s advisory board, serving with the group since 2019. 9 10

References

  1. “About AFJ.” Alliance of Families for Justice, Accessed March 28, 2024. https://afj-ny.org/aboutus
  2. “Our Team.” Alliance of Families for Justice, Accessed March 28, 2024. https://afj-ny.org/our-team
  3. “Our Board.” Alliance of Families for Justice, Accessed March 28, 2024. https://afj-ny.org/our-board
  4. Ross, Chuck. “Ties Emerge Between Embattled Biden Judicial Nominee Adeel Mangi and Domestic Terrorist.” The Washington Free Beacon, March 27, 2024. https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/ties-emerge-between-embattled-biden-judicial-nominee-adeel-mangi-and-domestic-terrorist/
  5. An American Radical, About. Accessed June 24, 2020. https://www.anamericanradical.com/about/
  6. CNN.com, “Clinton’s reprieve of convicted radical stirs anger,” February 15, 2001. Accessed June 24, 2020. https://www.cnn.com/2001/LAW/02/15/rosenberg.profile/index.html
  7. Ross, Chuck. “Ties Emerge Between Embattled Biden Judicial Nominee Adeel Mangi and Domestic Terrorist.” The Washington Free Beacon, March 27, 2024. https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/ties-emerge-between-embattled-biden-judicial-nominee-adeel-mangi-and-domestic-terrorist/
  8. Ross, Chuck. “Ties Emerge Between Embattled Biden Judicial Nominee Adeel Mangi and Domestic Terrorist.” The Washington Free Beacon, March 27, 2024. https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/ties-emerge-between-embattled-biden-judicial-nominee-adeel-mangi-and-domestic-terrorist/
  9. Ross, Chuck. “Ties Emerge Between Embattled Biden Judicial Nominee Adeel Mangi and Domestic Terrorist.” The Washington Free Beacon, March 27, 2024. https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/ties-emerge-between-embattled-biden-judicial-nominee-adeel-mangi-and-domestic-terrorist/
  10. “Our Board.” Alliance of Families for Justice, Accessed March 28, 2024. https://afj-ny.org/our-board
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2019

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2021 Dec Form 990 $1,591,170 $1,198,556 $1,011,042 $16,262 N $1,591,015 $492 $122 $0
    2020 Dec Form 990 $1,332,838 $711,599 $604,962 $2,796 N $1,304,306 $0 $0 $150,038
    2019 Dec Form 990 $246,747 $213,596 $37,224 $4,073 N $196,143 $0 $0 $46,200 PDF

    Alliance of Families for Justice (AFJ)

    8 West 126th Street
    New York, NY 10027