Healthcare Workers #StandWith Tracy McCarter, RN, BSN

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Dear Fellow Health Care Professionals,

Join me in helping a nurse in need. Tracy McCarter, RN, BSN, is a mother, grandmother, Master’s student, and survivor of domestic violence. Tracy was arrested on March, 3, 2020, for defending herself during an assault by her ex-partner. She has been held in jail without trial since then. A grand jury hearing on 9/10 will decide whether she should be charged at all. 

By signing the letter below, we are asking the Manhattan District Attorney to drop the charges against Tracy so that she can heal and rejoin us in caring for people in need.

Please give your credentials when you sign so that we can show that health care professionals #StandWith Tracy + Forward the link as widely as possible to your colleagues. 

Many thanks and warmest wishes for your safety,
Lorie Goshin, PhD, RN 

“To Whom It May Concern,

We, the undersigned health care professionals, write to you in support of Tracy McCarter, RN, BSN. We ask for all charges to be dropped in this case so that Tracy can be freed as soon as possible.

We have have collectively cared for thousands of patients. Some of us teach and care for patients in New York, including working at the Columbia University Medical Center where Tracy was a graduate student. Others worked with Tracy at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYP). At NYP, Tracy provided high quality care for patients with devastating illnesses such as strokes, traumatic injuries, and brain tumors. Like Tracy, we have all dedicated our lives to health and safety. 

Tracy was a victim of domestic violence. We understand that Tracy was rendering aid to her abuser when the police arrived. Even in this nightmare situation, she was still performing her duty as a nurse. Charging Tracy for defending her life is cruel. Keeping her incarcerated does not do justice or keep anyone safe. 

Experienced nurses like Tracy are the life blood of our health care system. Never has this been more clear than in the COVID-19 pandemic. Please drop the charges against Tracy so that she can heal and rejoin us in caring for people in need.”