Donna Ferrato’s documentary work has appeared in nearly 500 exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide and is included in various permanent collections such as the International Center for Photography in New York City, the Corcoran in Washington D.C. and the Henry Buhl's Hands Collection. She first won acclaim for her landmark work on family violence.
Through exhibitions of her work and lectures across the globe, Ferrato has brought widespread attention to violence against women and girls. A proclamation from the City of New York announced October 30, 2008 "Donna Ferrato Appreciation Day" for her "continued service as an example of advocacy and activism and as a citizen that the city is proud to call one of its own." Ferrato has received numerous awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Humanistic Photography, the Kodak Crystal Eagle for Courage in Journalism, International Women in Media Courage in Journalism Award, the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the School of Journalism at University of Missouri-Columbia and Artist of the Year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Ferrato sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the W. Eugene Smith Grant, and is the president and founder of Domestic Abuse Awareness, Inc.
Writer and Photographer
Ann Jones is an authority on violence against women. She is a journalist, photographer, activist, and author of eight books of nonfiction, including the seminal work, Women Who Kill.
Jones is also the author of Next Time She’ll Be Dead, an analysis of the legal, social, and cultural foundations of wife-beating in the United States; Kabul in Winter, an account of her years as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan; and War Is Not Over When It’s Over, an account of a year’s work with women and cameras in war-torn countries from West Africa to Iraq, assessing the impact of continuing violence on women.
Jones has spent the last eight years doing humanitarian work with women in conflict and post-conflict zones in West Africa, the Middle East, Central Europe and Asia and also served as an emergency gender adviser to the United Nations. She is a regular contributor to The Nation and Tom Dispatch. She holds a Ph.D. in modern literature and history from the University of Wisconsin and is currently the Mildred Londa Weisman Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, where she is working on a book about what happens to America when troops come home.
Professor of Community Health
Emily F. Rothman is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health and a visiting scientist at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. She earned her doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004, where her dissertation research focused on correlates of intimate partner violence perpetration, and where she was awarded the Martha May Eliot fellowship in Maternal and Child Health.
Rothman worked for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1997 to 2004 in the Bureau of Family and Community Health, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention. She has authored more than 30 chapters and other publications. Her current research interests include violence perpetration and adolescent health. She is currently the recipient of a K01 from NIAAA to study underage alcohol use and dating abuse perpetration. She is also the empowerment evaluator on three violence prevention projects; a CDC-funded project to develop a statewide prevention plan for sexual assault in Massachusetts and domestic violence in Rhode Island (EMPOWER and DELTA); and a project to reduce homelessness in Worcester County funded by the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts. She is a research advisor to the Massachusetts Governor's Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. She has provided violence-related consulting to the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Her research has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Newsweek.com, and The Boston Globe among others.
Founder, Futures Without Violence
Esta Soler is one of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children. She is the founder of Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies.
With offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C., and partners around the world, Futures Without Violence develops innovative strategies to prevent domestic, dating and sexual violence, stalking and child abuse. Futures Without Violence programs have been replicated in all 50 states and around the world, with campaigns funded by some of the nation’s leading philanthropies and corporations.
Under Soler’s direction, Futures Without Violence, then Family Violence Prevention Fund, was a driving force behind passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 — the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Congress reauthorized and expanded the law in 2000 and 2005. She is spearheading efforts to pass the International Violence Against Women Act.
Soler’s many awards include a 2010 Woman of the Year honor from a California legislator, a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, a Koret Israel Prize, and a University of California, Public Health Heroes Award. She is co-author of Ending Domestic Violence: Changing Public Perceptions/Halting the Epidemic.
Senior Researcher of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Robert Anda is a Senior Researcher in Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the principal investigator with the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, which examines the health and social effects of adverse childhood experiences over the lifespan.
Anda graduated from Rush Medical College in 1979 and received his Board Certification in Internal Medicine in 1982. In 1984 he completed a Fellowship in Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin where he also received a Master's Degree in Epidemiology. He spent 20 years in the U.S. Public Health Service at the C.D.C. conducting research in a variety of areas including disease surveillance, behavioral health, mental health and disease, cardiovascular disease investigations, and childhood determinants of health. Anda has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous government publications and has authored several book chapters. In addition, he has received numerous awards and recognition for scientific achievements.
Host and Senior Reporter, WBUR
Sacha Pfeiffer is host of WBUR’s “All Things Considered.” She was previously host of “Radio Boston,” the station’s weekday show highlighting interesting people, places and issues in Boston and beyond. Pfeiffer joined WBUR in 2008 after more than a decade as a reporter for the Boston Globe, where she was on the Spotlight investigative team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its stories on sex abuse in the Catholic church.
At WBUR, Pfeiffer was initially a senior on-air reporter covering health, science, medicine and the environment, and she has received two Associated Press Awards for broadcast reporting and three Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association.
After graduating magna cum laude from Boston University with a double major in English and history, Pfeiffer got her start in journalism at the Dedham Times, a weekly newspaper south of Boston. She moved to the Globe in 1995, first as a general assignment reporter, then covering state courts, then doing investigative work. During her four years on the Globe’s Spotlight Team, she produced series on financial abuses by private foundations, George W. Bush’s military service, shoddy home construction and the Catholic Church’s cover-up of clergy sex abuse. The latter series also won a George Polk Award for National Reporting, Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, and Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting, among other honors. From 2004 to 2005, Pfeiffer was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where she studied at Stanford Law School. When she returned to the Globe, she created a legal affairs beat and also covered nonprofits and philanthropy. Pfeiffer is a co-author of Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church and has been an adjunct faculty member at Boston University’s College of Communication.
Associate Professor, UCSF
Janice C Humphreys, RN, CS, NP, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at the University of California at San Francisco. Her research addresses the strengths and experiences of battered women and their children using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Humphreys’ research includes examinations of sleep patterns, psychological distress, trauma history, spiritual beliefs of sheltered battered women and resilience in both abused women and their children. She received her BA and BS from Purdue University, her MS in Pediatric Nursing from the University of California San Francisco and her PhD in Nursing from Wayne State University.
Executive Director, Man Up Campaign
Jimmie Briggs is the co-founder and executive director of the Man Up Campaign, a global campaign to activate youth to stop violence against women and girls. He is also an award-winning journalist, author and lecturer.
Briggs is a National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists, Alicia Patterson Foundation and Carter Center, among others. He has served as an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research and as a visiting professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana. He is the author of Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War, a book about child soldiers and war-affected children. His next book is The Wars Women Fight: Dispatches from A Father to His Daughter.
Metro Reporter, The Plain Dealer
Rachel Dissell is a Metro reporter for The Plain Dealer where she focuses on the impact of violence against women and children and other social justice issues. She has written investigative pieces about Cleveland’s response to sexual assault, gun violence and teen dating violence. Dissell also covered a massive federal county corruption probe.
Dissell was awarded the 2008 Dart Award with photographer Gus Chan for their nine-part series “Johanna: Facing Forward” that chronicled the life of a Cleveland teen who was raped and shot by her ex-boyfriend. In 2011, Dissell was honored with End Violence Against Women International’s first ever Media Excellence Award. Dissell and colleague Leila Atassi also won numerous statewide awards for their series probing the Cleveland police and their response to rape victims in the wake of the serial killings of 11 black women by convicted sex offender Anthony Sowell. The eldest of seven children, Dissell grew up in and around the poverty, drug use and social ills that often are central to the stories she covers. In addition to her journalism work, Dissell is a mentor to children aging out of the foster care system and participates in several therapeutic programs for children who have witnessed violence.
Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist and writer. Hinojosa is President of The Futuro Media Group and the anchor of the weekly NPR program “Latino USA,” WGBH’s “One on One with Maria Hinojosa” and V-me’s “La Plaza: Conversaciones con María Hinojosa.” She was senior correspondent on “NOW, with David Brancaccio,” and continues to be a contributor to PBS.
Hinojosa has garnered many awards and honors, including the Ruben Salazar Award from the National Council of La Raza, a lifetime achievement award in media from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors and a Robert F. Kennedy award in radio for her reporting on the disadvantaged. Three times in the past decade Hispanic Business Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential Latinos in the United States. In 2001 she received an Emmy in recognition for her work covering the September 11th attacks in New York City.
Executive Director, NYC Anti-Violence Project
Sharon Stapel is the executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP). AVP is the country’s largest organization dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual violence, and domestic/intimate partner violence affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities.
Stapel sits on the LGBT Advisory Committee to the New York Police Department and the New York City Family Court LGBT Advisory Committee. She is a stakeholder of the Vera Institute’s Promising Practice Initiative, a national effort with the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women to identify and share promising practices that have been developed since 1994 to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. She is also a partner in the National Center for Crime Victim’s national capacity-building initiative, which will build capacity in the crime victims’ field to better serve victims of crime.
Prior to joining AVP, Stapel directed domestic violence legal programs at South Brooklyn Legal Services and the Legal Aid Society, where she began her legal career as a staff attorney and created Legal Aid’s first dedicated domestic violence project. Sharon was an adjunct professor of law at CUNY School of Law and an adjunct assistant professor at Hunter College. Prior to going to law school, Sharon worked on anti-violence issues in South Africa with the African National Congress’s Youth and Women Leagues. Sharon began her career in anti-violence work in 1989 as a volunteer for a local domestic violence shelter in Massachusetts.
Staff Writer, Center for Public Integrity
Kristen Lombardi is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Center for Public Integrity since 2007. Previously she was a reporter at the Village Voice and at the Boston Phoenx, where she provided ground-breaking coverage of the Boston clergy-abuse scandal.
Her investigative reports have explored social issues ranging from sexual abuse to mental health to criminal justice matters. Her work for the Center has been honored by the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Foundation, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the John B. Oakes Environmental Prize, and the Society of Environmental Journalists. ournalist who has worked for the Center for Public Integrity since 2007. She has been a journalist for more than 15 years and is a 2011 Nieman Fellow. Her investigation into campus rape cases for the Center won the 2011 Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, among other recognitions. She was awarded a fellowship from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for her coverage of child sexual abuse, and is active in the Dart Society.
Associate Professor, Pace University
Susan Herman is a professor of criminal justice and the author of Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime. From 1997 to 2005, she served as the executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims.
With more than 25 years of leadership experience in government, criminal justice, and social services, Herman is an internationally recognized spokesperson for victims of crime and a new vision of justice for victims: “parallel justice.” Previously, Herman served as director of community services at The Enterprise Foundation, director of the domestic violence division of Victim Services (now Safe Horizon) in New York City, special counsel to the police commissioner of New York City, director of mediation services at the Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, as an attorney at the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as an instructor at New York University’s School of Law and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Editor in Chief, Women's eNews
Rita Henley Jensen is founder and editor in chief of Women's eNews and founder of its sister site, Arabic Women’s eNews. Jensen is a survivor of domestic violence and a former welfare mother who earned degrees from Ohio State University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
A former senior writer for the National Law Journal and columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, Jensen has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and many awards, including the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Award, the Hunter College Presidential Grant for Innovative Uses of Technology in Teaching, the Alicia Patterson fellowship, and the Lloyd P. Burns Memorial Award for Public Service.
Program Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Since joining the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2000, Kristin Schubert has focused chiefly on adolescent health issues, particularly addiction prevention and treatment. She has overseen projects to prevent youth violence, promote better health care within the juvenile justice system, and empower youth to take control of their lives. She believes that the Foundation has played a vital role in enabling youth and families to access opportunities to improve their health and well-being and praises RWJF’s pioneering approaches to helping teenagers caught in the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime.
Previously, Schubert was a policy analyst for the Centers for Disease Control-funded Prevention Research Center, focusing on youth health and development issues and barriers to health among racial and ethnic groups. Trained as a molecular biologist, she began her career as a cancer researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Schubert holds an M.P.H. in health policy and administration from Yale University and a B.S. in molecular biology from Lehigh University.
Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Dr. Yoshihama's research interests are violence against women, immigrants, mental health, and community organizing. Her research efforts reflect her ongoing advocacy work in Asian Pacific Islander communities in the United States and in Japan over the past two decades.
Yoshihama has conducted numerous community-based research projects on domestic violence both in the United States and Japan, including a nationwide survey in Japan, a study of Japanese-American women in Los Angeles, and life history calendar studies of battered women in Michigan, Tokyo, and San Francisco. She also directs participatory action research projects aimed at organizing and mobilizing local community members to promote collective action to prevent domestic violence. One recent project involves developing, implementing, and evaluating a broad communications campaign in a local Indian community. In addition to serving on the steering committee of the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, Yoshihama serves on advisory committees of various organizations dedicated to ending domestic violence.
Executive Director, Day One
Stephanie Nilva is the founding director of Day One, an organization that partners with New York City youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, supportive services, legal advocacy and leadership development. Prior to establishing Day One in October 2005, Stephanie was the Director of Break the Cycle New York, which she launched as the local office of a national organization in 2003.
Nilva has been working in the domestic violence field throughout her legal career, practicing family and matrimonial law, specializing in relationship abuse. She has published two articles for practitioners on the subject of teen dating abuse and appeared on national television as an expert in the field.
Immediately following law school, Nilva was the recipient of a New York State IOLA Legal Services Fellowship designed to provide community education and direct representation in response to domestic violence in the Orthodox Jewish community. Following her work in New York at both Legal Services for New York and New York Legal Assistance Group, Nilva became the acting director and managing attorney at Community Law Center (now Law Center for Families) in Oakland, California. During her time in California, Nilva also provided direct representation to clients in family law proceedings throughout Alameda County. Nilva returned to New York and became the executive director of Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT), an organization devoted to helping individuals navigate the New York City child welfare and family court systems.
Elaine Korry is a freelance print and public radio reporter based in the San Francisco Bay Area. For nearly 18 years she covered social policy, business and economics as a senior reporter for National Public Radio. Since 2009 Elaine has worked independently on long-form radio and print features for NPR’s “The California Report,” The Washington Post, Youth Today, and the Hechinger Report.
Korry's work has been supported by fellowships from the USC Annenberg School of Communication, as well as Columbia University’s Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media and the Carter Center in Atlanta. Korry has a particular interest in the foster care system, and has spent the past several years reporting on the many challenges faced by children who grow up in foster care.
Educator, Father of Lauren Astley
Malcolm Astley is a former principal and town school committee member in Wayland, Massachusetts, and the father of Lauren Astley who in July 2011 was murdered by her former boyfriend.
New York Times Staff Writer
Jan Hoffman is a features reporter for The New York Times, with a long-time focus on adolescents — a subject she has written about for Sunday Styles, Science Times, Metro, and in a recent series about cyberbullying for the paper’s front page. She has also been a columnist for Science Times, a chief contributor to Portraits of Grief, the profiles of the 9/11 victims which were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and a legal affairs reporter for Metro.
Her writing prizes include the Mike Berger Award, the Deadline Club Award, the Women in Communication Award, and the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association, for a Sunday Times Magazine cover story about a Newark Family Court judge. She graduated from Cornell and, through a journalism fellowship program at Yale Law School, has a Masters in Study in Law.
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