Kim Gandy, President & CEO, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO, YWCA USA
Chelsea Parsons, Director, Crime and Firearms Policy, Center for American Progress
Dr. Judy Postmus, Director, Center on Violence Against Women & Children, Rutgers University
Kim A. Gandy currently serves as the president and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. From her years as a young activist in her native Louisiana, to her work prosecuting violent offenders, to her energetic participation in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994, and its reauthorization in 2000 and 2005, Kim has remained profoundly committed to ensuring that women have the opportunity to lead healthy lives in safety and prosperity.
Chelsea Parsons is Director of Crime and Firearms Policy at American Progress. Her work focuses on advocating for progressive laws and policies relating to guns and the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to joining American Progress, she was general counsel to the New York City criminal justice coordinator, a role in which she helped develop and implement criminal justice initiatives and legislation in areas including human trafficking, sexual assault and family violence, firearms, identity theft, indigent defense, and justice system improvements. She previously served as an assistant New York state attorney general and a staff attorney law clerk for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Brooklyn Law School.
Dr. Judy L. Postmus is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University and is founder and director of the Center on Violence Against Women & Children. Her research is on physical, sexual, and economic victimization experiences of women with her most recent attention given to understanding how an economic empowerment curriculum improves fiscal and mental health functioning of battered women. Dr. Postmus has had her research published in a number of peer-reviewed journals and has presented at many national and international conferences. Her work is strongly influenced from her 20 years as a practitioner and administrator, working in the nonprofit sector.
Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D. is the CEO of the YWCA USA, leading one of the nation’s oldest and largest multicultural organizations promoting solutions to enhance the lives of women, girls and families. For more than 150 years, the YWCA has dedicated its efforts to eliminating racism and empowering women focusing on economic empowerment, racial justice and health and safety. The YWCA is also the largest provider of domestic violence services and women’s shelters in the nation, serving 500,000 women and children annually.
Chelsea Parsons of the Center for American Progress and Kim Gandy of National Network to End Domestic Violence reveal unsettling statistics that connect a large portion of gun violence against women to domestic abuse by their husbands and partners.