Members of the Denim Day NYC Coalition share an informative and educational conversation with the Beauty for Freedom Breaking Distance Team around Sexual Assault Awareness Month Denim Day.
Jimmy Meagher Policy Director at Safe Horizon, Lisa Alexander Senior Staff Attorney with Day One and Lorraine Correa a Counselor Advocate for the Sexual Violence Project at the Violence Intervention Program in New York City speak with Breaking Distance about the work their around client services, community programs, sexual, domestic and intimate partner violence prevention and more. They are all valued members of the Denim Day NYC Coalition. https://www.denimday.nyc/2020pledge
Lisa Alexander is a Senior Staff Attorney with Day One, a New York City-based nonprofit that assists survivors of domestic and dating violence aged 24 and under. She previously worked as an attorney with Sanctuary for Families for nearly seven years. She has helped advocate for healthy relationships education legislation in New York, and is the current co-chair for the New York City Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence. www.dayoneny.org
Lorraine Correa is a Counselor Advocate for the Sexual Violence Project at the Violence Intervention Program in New York City, a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating domestic, intimate partner and sexual violence. She was born in and grew up in Brooklyn, New York in the neighborhood of Sunset Park, which was a predominantly Hispanic/Latino neighborhood and currently resides in Queens, New York. She holds a Master's degree in Psychology from Pace University and has experience providing trauma-focused counseling and case management services to populations in underserved and marginalized communities. Specifically, she has worked largely with survivors of gender-based and community violence, sexual and intimate partner violence, and individuals with mental health diagnoses and also has experience providing multilingual services to the Latinx community. She is passionate about social justice issues and mental health advocacy, especially among those communities. Her passion for working with these communities also comes from her own experience, as the daughter of an immigrant woman from Colombia. https://www.vipmujeres.org/
Jimmy Meagher (he/him/his) is Policy Director at Safe Horizon. After graduating from Haverford College in 2008, Jimmy joined Safe Horizon as a client advocate in the Brooklyn Criminal Court Program. Since then, he has moved into increasingly responsible roles within the Criminal Court Program, the Manhattan Family Justice Center, and the Government Affairs Office. While working at Safe Horizon, he obtained his MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. He previously oversaw the Domestic Violence and Empowerment (DOVE) Initiative at Safe Horizon. https://www.safehorizon.org/
Denim Day NYC is a coalition of community agencies, elected officials, students, and volunteers united to promote awareness around the issue of sexual assault. Denim Day grew out of a case in which a rape conviction was overturned because the judge reasoned the victim’s tight jeans meant that she had to have helped her assailant remove them, implying consent. People were outraged all over the world and wearing jeans became an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes and myths surrounding sexual assault. Denim Day NYC started in 2010 with a collaborative of three agencies and has grown to more than 40 agencies uniting to promote awareness around the issue of sexual assault.