Lisa A. Fontes is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her research focuses on topics related to culture and violence against intimate partners and children.
Fontes is the author of the books: Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship, Interviewing Clients Across Cultures, and Child Abuse and Culture.
She has worked as a family, individual, and group psychotherapist, and has conducted research in Santiago, Chile, and with diverse people in the United States. Fontes works in Guyana and Peru on issues of child sexual abuse.
Areas of Expertise: Sexual violence, domestic violence, coercive control, child abuse
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez is the executive director of Enlace Comunitario, a non-profit focused on alleviating domestic violence and developing healthy families in central New Mexico, specifically within the Latino population. She is an expert on New Mexico politics,clinical legal education and family law. She is also a professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico School of Law, although she is currently focusing all of her efforts at Enlace.
While teaching at UNM, Sedillo Lopez also administered the Summer Law Institute, a program conducted by a group of law schools that provides law students the opportunity to learn about Mexican history, culture and law in Guanajuato, Mexico. Sedillo Lopez has authored several books and has won numerous awards including one from the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF).
Executive Director of Enlace Comunitario
Areas of expertise: New Mexico Politics, Family Law, Clinical Legal Education
Yasmeen Hassan is the global executive director of Equality Now, an NGO dedicated to protecting and promoting the human rights of women and girls around the world. She has served the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, where she worked on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women.
Hassan attended Harvard Law School. She clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1995, served on the Council on Foreign Relations’ Advisory Board on Child Marriage, and has been featured on various outlets including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Global Executive Director of Equality Now
Location: New York, NY
Areas of Expertise: Women’s Rights, Law, Islamic Law, Political Science
Deer has specialized in victim rights and advocacy,and authored an Amnesty International report titled “Maze of Injustice:The failure to protect Indigenous women from sexual violence in the USA.” For 15 years, she advised for reform to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that passed in 2013, which allows tribes to press charges against non-tribal members who inflict violence against native women while on tribal land.
Deer has discussed domestic violence on reservations and VAWA in reports by Laura Sullivan and Hansi Lo Wang. She has also been on Minnesota Public Radio, PRI’s The World, Al Jazeera and MSNBC.
Assistant Professor at the William Mitchell College of Law
Areas of Expertise: Tribal Law, Domestic Assault and Sexual Violence, Victim Rights, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Previously, Yeung was the director of public policy and government relations at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (the Center) in New York City. She also worked for the Center’s Youth Enrichment Services Program for seven years on the Safe Schools Campaign.
Former Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
Areas of Expertise: Asian and Pacific Islanders, Women, Immigrants Rights, LGBT Issues, Domestic and Workplace Violence, Human Rights and Security, Trafficking and Prostitution, Discrimination, Employment and Unemployment, Immigration and Migration