February 20th Equality Salon

February 20, 2018

Local Nonprofits in a Global City

Join the National Woman’s Party on Tuesday, February 20 at 6pm at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument for a conversation with the leaders behind the DC Rape Crisis Center, Friends of Guest House, the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project, and A-SPAN as we discuss the barriers to running a successful, women-centered nonprofit in the nation’s capital and the strategies, tactics, and best practices for serving the local communities of Washington, DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland.

In a city dominated by national politics and international aid groups, Washington, DC’s women-centered nonprofits work to build, foster, and heal the communities in our region by providing services that reduce and eliminate the many barriers women continue to face to economic and social equality. By demanding that the region’s women have the basic right to dignity and safety, these unique, vital, and all-too often overlooked and undervalued nonprofits serve and uplift the women who call the nation’s capital home.

The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument is located at 144 Constitution Ave. NE in Washington, DC. 

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Program Panelists:

Kari Galloway, Executive Director, Friends of Guest House

“Founded in 1974, Friends of Guest House is a 501(c)(3) charity that helps Virginia women successfully reenter the community from incarceration. We address healthcare, employment, education, housing and family/community reconnection: the “five pillars of livability” for post-incarceration women. In so doing, we make it possible for our clients to break the vicious cycle of crime by fully addressing its root causes.”

Lee Ann De Reus, Executive Director, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV Leap)

“In our collective 40 years of experience, we have walked survivors through the trenches of the domestic violence legal system, over and over again. This boots-on-the-ground approach has allowed us to produce a surprisingly rare gem: a well-documented playbook for improving the system. Our experience overcoming barriers to justice uniquely positions us to remove them.”

Indira Henard, Executive Director, DC Rape Crisis Center

“The DC Rape Crisis Center is a non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) and the designated sexual assault coalition for the District of Columbia. DCRCC is one of the first rape crisis centers in the nation and has spent the past 46 years listening to the stories of survivors of sexual assault. In our 46th year, we are working to empower a culture of consent.”

Kathy Sibert (moderator), President/CEO, A-SPAN

“A-SPAN has the plan, right people and partners, and a powerful new resource in the Homeless Services Center (HSC) to end homelessness in Arlington. The Center is more than a shelter. It houses all of A-SPAN’s supportive services under one roof.