Lisa Fontes

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.

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Areas of Expertise: Sexual violence, domestic violence, coercive control, child abuse

Location: Amherst, Massachusetts

Contact Info:

Email: LFontes@umass.edu

 Phone: 413-575-9505

She can be heard here:

Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez

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).

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Executive Director of Enlace Comunitario 

Areas of expertise: New Mexico Politics, Family Law, Clinical Legal Education

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Contact Information:
Email: ASLopez@enlacenm.org
Phone:
(505) 246-8972, ext. 23
Twitter: @asedillolopez 

Heard on New Mexico in Focus from KNME-TV

Yasmeen Hassan

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

Contact Information:

E-mail: Contact Tara Carey, Media Relations Manager tcarey@equalitynow.org
Phone: (212) 586-0905 x25
Twitter: @YasmeenHassan7

Sarah Deer

2014 MacArthur Fellow and Professor of Law Sarah Deer, studies domestic and sexual violence on reservations. She is a board member of the American Bar Association’s commission on Domestic Violence, the National Alliance to end Sexual Violence, and was a Federal Advisory Committee chair for the National Coordination Committee on the American Indian/Alaska Native Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner- Sexual Assault Response Team Initiative. Deer is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

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.

Sarah Deer

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)

Location: Saint Paul, MN

Contact Information:
Email: sarah.deer@wmitchell.edu
Phone: (651) 290-6309

To schedule an interview, contact
Lynette Fraction: (651) 290-6431
Steve Linders: (651) 290-6360

Featured on PRI’s The World: How Borders Affect Native American Women’s Rights

Added September 2014

Venida Chenault

Dr. Venida S. Chenault is an educator, administrator, and author of “Weaving Strength Weaving Power: Violence and Abuse Against Indigenous Women” published by Carolina Academic Press, in 2011. She is Haskell Indian Nations University President, a Tribal College University (TCU).

Chenault is an expert on the tribal college system, and violence against Native American women. She is a citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

Venida Chenault

President of Haskell Indian Nations University

Areas of Expertise: Domestic Violence, Tribal College, Education

Location: Lawrence, KS

Contact Information:

Phone: (785) 830-2798

Featured on Koahnic Broadcast Corporation’s “Native America Calling”: Chenault Discusses Her Role As Haskell Indian Nations University President

Added September 2014

Miriam Yeung

Miriam Yeung is the former executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), “an organization dedicated to issues of social justice and human rights for Asian and Pacific Islander women and girls in the U.S.” NAPAWF provided funding and outreach to the National Asian American Survey (led by one of our other sources, Karthick Ramakrishnan). You can see some of Yeung’s presentations here.

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.

In 2012, she was honored by the National Council for Research on Women as one of the “30 Leaders Changing the Way the World Looks at Women.” She has also co-produced a documentary about LGBT youth in New York City called “I Look Up to the Sky Now.”

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

Location: New York, NY

Contact Information:

Email: myeung@napawf.org

Office: (202) 470-3170 x30

Mobile: (917) 306-4404

Twitter: @miriamyeung

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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