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.