Her Justice selects new executive director
By Tania Karas
July 16, 2014
Amy Barasch, the former executive director of the New York state office for domestic violence prevention, will join Her Justice as executive director in September, the group announced. She will succeed founder Catherine Douglass, who is retiring after leading the organization for 22 years.
"Amy's passion for social justice and her commitment to the women and children served by Her Justice could not be stronger," board chairman Peter Pantaleo said in a news release, adding that she was the "clear first choice" for the role.
Barasch, 49, graduated from Columbia University School of Law in 1996 and started her legal career at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, where she coordinated pro bono matters and brought in domestic violence cases, often working with Her Justice, then called inMotion.
She also has directed the Family Court Legal Program for the Pace Law School's Women's Justice Center in White Plains and worked for the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence. She served as executive director of the city's first Family Justice Center, which opened in Brooklyn in 2005.
From 2007 to 2012, Barasch led the state's domestic violence prevention office in Albany, and for the past year has been evaluating domestic violence programs for governments and nonprofits nationwide as a professor for University at Albany's Center for Human Services Research.
"This takes me back to my roots as a lawyer," Barasch said about joining Her Justice. "And it matches with what I like to do, which is develop systemic solutions to problems."
Her Justice has a staff of 34, 11 of whom are lawyers, and represents 7,000 low-income women and children annually through its partnerships.
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