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Amy Sánchez has nearly thirty years in the gender-based violence (GBV) field. Her passion is mission-based organizational development, especially designing and implementing strategic plans, linking GBV theory with practice, and fund development. Outside of her work Amy enjoys reading mystery novels, travel, and spending time with her two adult children.
Sujata has been working in the field of gender-based violence in the US and internationally for over 40 years. As a community leader, Sujata has held various positions as both staff and a board member. When not volunteering in South Asian community-based organizations she loves to knit.
Christina has a Juris Doctor from the Howard University School of Law and a bachelor of arts in Communication Rhetoric from the University of Maryland. Her passion for women and young people is shown through her work educating young people about sexual assault and consent. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for Paul Public Charter School in DC. She is most comfortable on stage and has performed at the historic Lincoln Theater in DC in front of thousands on Valentine’s Day. Her favorite part of her day is chasing her toddler Xavier as he attempts to wrestle the family cat Zamunda. She lives in DC with her husband Jason, their son Xavier and their cat Zamunda.
Maritza is passionate about organizational capacity building, grants management and compliance, and sustainability for nonprofits working to end gender-based violence. In addition to her work at BWJP, she enjoys spending time with family, chasing around her two kids, and catching up on pop culture.
Kristine has been working in the gender-based violence field for over 25 years. As a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Minnesota Law School, Kristine strives to reimagine legal and social systems that support all survivors of gender-based violence and that do no harm. In pursuit of this, she has worked as a community organizer and activist, and supported all aspects of BWJP’s legal policy work. Never at a loss for hobbies or interests, Kristine most recently picked up the bass guitar and introductory Japanese.
Rebecca has been working to mitigate gender-based violence for 25 years, representing female inmates harassed by guards, litigating complex custody cases with survivors, developing training and technical assistance for victims’ attorneys, and providing expert consultation to legislative staff. She holds an MA (ABD) in philosophy and feminist theory from the University of Minnesota, and a JD from New York University. She inherited a love of household engineering puzzles - and a lot of tools - from her dad and grandfather, and currently spends her free time re-building a vintage camper, with the forbearance of her sweet wife.
Maria Jose, a migrant from Uruguay and then Peru, understands the struggles associated with leaving one’s home in search of safety. Witnessing firsthand the violence perpetrated against women and girls compelled her to dedicate her life to advance the rights of immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. As a nonprofit attorney for over 25 years and as committed community member, Maria Jose is actively involved in local, state, national and international victim’s rights organizations. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband, her three children, their partners, and her granddaughter Maya.
Ken has advocated for the rights of domestic violence survivors and abused and neglected children for more than 28 years. He represented survivors in family courts and in the DC child welfare system which inspired his pursuit for social justice. Ken has considerable non-profit leadership experience having served as the Executive Director of the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and as Chief Operations Officer of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. He worked for many years in the federal government where he was an Associate Director of Military Family Readiness Policy, Family Advocacy Program, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Ken is also a former Senior Program Officer of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a co-founder of the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC and is a member of its Emeritus Board. He is also a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. Ken is married and lives in the Washington, DC metro area.
Amalfi started working in the gender-based violence movement as a survivor and a student attorney in a domestic violence law clinic. She continued representing survivors in obtaining protective orders, divorce, child custody and support at her private practice. Prior to working at BWJP, Amalfi was a national training and technical assistance provider to Blueprint for Safety communities and other CCRs around the country.
Prior to joining BWJP, Monica managed the Services * Training * Officers * Prosecutors (STOP TA) Project at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Previously, Monica worked as a family law practitioner and for over 20 years has worked in the field to end violence. In her spare time she enjoys reading.
Sarah Hur, Attorney Advisor, provides training, legal analysis and policy review on local, state, tribal and national issues related to protection orders. She also conducts research and develops materials for allied professionals. Before assuming her current position, Sarah represented survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She was also a prosecutor for the New York City Law Department. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and is licensed in New Jersey and New York.
Alicia Nichols, LSW, has been advocating for victims of violence for nearly 20 years. Alicia is a licensed social worker, victim advocate, and restorative justice practitioner whose work is rooted in the values of social justice, racial equity, accountability, and healing. Outside of the advocacy world, Alicia spends her time with her family and their squishy-faced French bulldog, Sheldon. Alicia enjoys baking and making memories through food — “the fondest memories are made when gathered around the table.”
Ana has been working in the field of violence against women for more than 20 years. She began her work in this field as an advocate assisting victims of intimate partner violence. Upon graduating law school, Ana practiced family law. Before coming to BWJP, Ana represented victims of violence in civil protection order actions. During her spare time, you can find her reading, or binge-watching Netflix. Ana loves to spend time with her husband, John, and her son, Will. Ana es boricua y le encanta compartir su cultura y tradiciones con todo el mundo!
Tracy has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota, and previously represented victim-survivors of domestic violence in family law matters. When Tracy is not busy training legal professionals, she can be found at the dog park with her spouse and two Doodles.
Vicky joined BWJP in 1999 and brings a variety of skills in administrative support including accounting, IT Support, Access Database management, Microsoft, and Adobe as well as maintaining the office so it can run smoothly for both our local and virtual staff. She’s an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation Band of Chippewa, a member of the Mending the Sacred Hoop Coalition and a foundation member of Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN. During her spare time, she enjoys making memories with her close family and friends.
Victoria has been a graphic designer and communications professional for over a decade. She is passionate about supporting and advocating for all survivors through her work at BWJP and through personally-driven efforts. When she is not advocating and communicating, she is painting, paddle boarding, and hiking with her family and rescue dogs.
Patrice Tillery is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with over 15 years of experience in relationship selling and development. She is excited to use her skill set to develop relationships that further the BWJP Mission. When she isn’t working, Patrice enjoys planning fun outings with her two daughters, and singing her heart out at concerts with friends.
Jeanne has been at BWJP since 2006 during which time she has been working closely with external partners, coordinating annual conferences, and managing the human resources department. She currently serves as President on the Society of Government Meeting Professionals Northern Lights Chapter Board, and has recently completed an elected two-year National position with the SGMP Sam Gilmer Institute of Learning. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering for several community organizations and getting out into nature as much as possible.
Kesimy served four years in the U.S. Army as a Human Resources Specialist and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Methodist University with a bachelor’s in social work and a bachelor’s in Management. She is passionate about exploring the human dimensions of organizations and systems and is excited to apply her skill set to the GBV arena. In her free time, Kesimy enjoys supporting local businesses in Fayetteville, NC and watching ice hockey games (go Marksmen!).
Sharonna joined the Battered Women’s Justice Project as a Resource Specialist in April 1997. She brings a variety of advocacy experiences to the organization. Ms. Lee has worked with battered women and sexual assault victims in many capacities: as a peer counselor, crisis intervention worker, volunteer coordinator, legal advocate (civil and criminal), and as a Victim Liaison in the City Attorney’s Office. In her off time, Sharonna enjoys reading mystery novels and female protagonist-centered sci-fi.