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New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault Announces New Executive Director

November 2, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Cathleen Cogswell, 212-229-0345, ext. 307 ccogswell@svfreenyc.org
 
 
NEW YORK CITY ALLIANCE AGAINST SEXUAL ASSAULT
ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is pleased to announce that Mary Haviland, an accomplished leader in the field of violence against women, will assume the position as its Executive Director on November 14, 2011.  A lawyer and community activist, she brings more than 30 years experience in victim services, research, advocacy and philanthropy. 
 
Most recently, Ms. Haviland served as a Commissioner of the New York State Crime Victims Board and then Deputy Director for Victim Advocacy when the Commissioner positions were eliminated as a cost saving measure.
 
Before her work with the state, Ms. Haviland had a distinguished career in the non-profit sector.  She was a founder and Co-Executive Director of CONNECT, a domestic violence organization, which focuses on early intervention and prevention as methods for ending family violence.  She worked at CONNECT and its predecessor the Family Violence Project of the Urban Justice Center from 1994-2006.  She has chaired several domestic violence task forces including the citywide Domestic Violence Criminal Justice Committee, which set policy on criminal justice and domestic violence issues.  From 2003-06, she served as a member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Domestic Violence Advisory Board.
 
In 2007, Ms. Haviland joined the staff of the New York City Affiliate of Susan G. Komen as their Director of Grants and Public Policy.  As such, she oversaw a grants program serving the greater metropolitan area, as well as the preparation of an assessment of breast cancer prevalence and service needs. She was author of a report entitled, “Through the Wrong Door” which resulted in substantive policy changes for breast cancer patients without health insurance.
 
Ms. Haviland began working with victims of domestic violence in 1978 at Brooklyn Legal Services. She served as Director of the Park Slope Safe Homes Project from 1980-85 and was the recipient of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship on the Future of New York at Columbia University in 1985.
 
Ms. Haviland received her law degree from NYU Law School as a Root, Tilden, Snow Scholar in 1994 and is admitted to practice law in New York State.  She is author of several publications on domestic violence in such journals as Violence Against Women and Journal of Family Violence.  She co-authored a study of the effects of mandatory arrest entitled, “The Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act of 1995:  Examining the Effect of Mandatory arrest in New York City in 2001.” She has served on several Boards of Directors including New York Asian Women’s Center and Voices of Women. 
 
Ms. Haviland will be teaching an interdisciplinary course in Leadership Development in Anti-Violence Work at University of Connecticut School of Social Work beginning January 2012.
 
This announcement was issued by Shirley Traylor, Chair of the Board, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault on November 2, 2011.



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