Asia Czapska is Director with Justice for Girls and was a Visiting Fellow at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia during Fall 2011. Based on nearly a dozen years of her advocacy work with Justice for Girls, Asia worked on Violence against Teenage Girls and Criminal Justice Responses, a research/policy paper which critically examined criminal justice and advocacy responses to the spectrum of violence against teen girls in Canada.

Since beginning her work with Justice for Girls in 2000, Asia Czapska has played a key role in leading the organization, particularly through her advocacy for economic rights for girls in poverty and for thorough and effective responses to violence against girls. She is a leading voice in the movement for girls’ economic rights in Canada and the primary author of More than Bricks and Mortar: A Rights Based Strategy to Prevent Girl Homelessness in Canada an advocacy and community-based research project. She has coordinated several federally funded multi-year projects at JFG, including a project monitoring the treatment of girls in the criminal justice system. Asia worked with BC women’s rights leaders to bring police abuses of Indigenous girls and women to light through Human Rights Watch’s 2012 investigation. Asia holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Victoria.