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The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault Participates in “Talking Transition” to make Recommendations for New Mayor

November 13, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact: Min Um-Mandhyan, Director of Development & Communications
Phone: 212-229-0345 x.307
         
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault Participates in “Talking Transition” to make Recommendations for the New Mayor on How to Provide Quality Intervention to and Prevent Sexual Violence Against Residents of this City
 
[New York] Tomorrow, November 12, the New York City Alliance’s Executive Director, Mary Haviland will participate in the panel discussion of Advancing Economic Justice for Women and Families l Talking Transition hosted by the New York Women’s Foundation. The panel discussion will be held at Tent atCanal Street & 6th Ave. on Tuesday, November 12 from 2-3:30pm.
 
Talking Transition is an open conversation aims to contribute to the first “open” transition in New York City. The conversation will spread across the city – from an open tent filled with events on Canal Street opening this Saturday, to mobile “tents” that will be setup in public spaces throughout the boroughs, to online forums on talkingtransitionnyc.com
 
Women are both underinvested in and bear a disproportionate level of poverty, especially so in NYC where approximately 1 in 4 women and girls live at or under the poverty level. Furthermore, women - especially those living at or under the poverty level - are underpaid, occupy low-wage jobs, and lack access to education, job training, healthcare, and protection from violence.
 
Mary Haviland states “This is a perfect time to re-evaluate the economic justice for women in New York City. In order for economic justice for women to hold true, safety has to be the foundation across all communities. However, New York City has seen an increase in rape over the last five years. Studies show that sexual violence and poverty has an undeniable link, often leading to homelessness, unemployment, interrupted education and health, mental health and more. Further, the National Institute of Justice estimates that rape and other sexual assaults of adults cause an annual minimum loss of 127 billion dollars. The Alliance has recommendations for what city can do to provide quality intervention to and prevent sexual violence against residents of this city.”
 
The panel will be moderated by Rossana Rosado, Publisher of El Diario - La Prensa and includes:
A Better Balance Co-President Sherry Leiwant
FIERCE Co-Director Krystal Portalatin
Grand Street Settlement Executive Director Margarita Rosa
Violence Intervention Program Executive Director Cecilia Gaston
New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault Executive Director Mary Haviland
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park Co-Director Julia Jean-Francois
Community Health Action of Staten Island Executive Director Diane Arneth
The New York City Anti-Violence Project Executive Directio Sharon Stapel
Sakhi for South Asian Women Executive Director Tiloma Jayasinghe
Welfare Rights Initiative Co-Executive Director Dillonna Lewis
 
For more information on the event, visit the Talking Transition website and for continued updates on the panel, click here. Stay connected and join the conversation online by following @TalkNYC2013 and @NYWomensFdn #TalkingTransition.
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The mission of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault is to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes through education, research and advocacy.


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The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault builds the capacity of communities, organizations, and institutions to advance the right to live free from sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes individuals, families, and society

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