News: General

July/August 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Every year, we have a mid-year board meeting in upstate NY so that we can gather as a group, evaluate our progress, and plan for the remainder of the year. This year, in addition to meeting as a board on Saturday, June 25th, David Lisak and myself also met with seven NGO leaders in our field from across the globe on Monday and Tuesday, June 27th and 28th. These exceptional thought partners represented Australia, Cambodia, Canada, New Zealand, Uganda, and the United Kingdom. Both the board meeting and the ‘international conversation’ were valuable beyond measure, and I will be giving you updates throughout the remainder of 2016 and into 2017. You can read our mid-year report here.

At our board meeting, we welcomed a new board member, Claire Hartwell:

Claire is the Legal Director for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. In that role, she led the design, implementation, and management of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs’ Community Justice Project, a 5-year pilot legal service program, serving over 500 sexual assault survivors and eleven rape crisis centers.

For over 35 years, Claire has worked in the anti-violence field as a victim advocate, trainer, police officer, prosecutor, and finally, as a civil attorney. She’s worked in rape crisis centers in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Mexico. She was a child abuse and sex crimes prosecutor in the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque and then served as the Director of the Violence Against Women Division of the NM Attorney General’s office. Her prosecutions have been featured on true crime shows and novels, documentary films, and in news media. As a private consultant, she advises universities, the U.S. military, prosecutor’s offices, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice on matters relating to effective response to crimes of sexual violence. She has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Finally, and this is a big finally, we launched our newly redesigned homepage. Having worked on the simpler and more intuitive homepage since January, I hope you’ll agree that we’ve landed on a wonderful new web presence. This design will drive the updating of the entire site, on which work begins this August.

In closing, please join me in welcoming Claire, and accept my gratitude for all that your continued support is allowing us to accomplish.

Warm regards,

Steve LePore

Steve LePore,
Founder/Executive Director