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Daniel Albanese, Center for Justice & Democracy - New York, NY
Daniel is the Administrative Director of the Center for Justice & Democracy, where he designs all of CJ&D's publications, coordinates the membership program and helped create the award-winning blog: ThePopTort.com. He received a BA in Cultural Anthropology & Religious Studies in 2001 from SUNY New Paltz. Daniel co-organized New Paltz's Take Back the Night rallies from 1998 to 2002, and has helped organize the Take Back the News Annual Art Benefits.

Laura Blasberg - Long Island, NY
Laura Blasberg is an attorney at a prominent Long Island law firm.  She graduated from Catholic University in 1993 with a B.A. in finance and from Duke Law School in 1996.  She also earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1997.  While in law school she volunteered for the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project and was an Articles Editor for the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy.  Her pro bono work as an attorney includes aiding families of victims of 9/11, assisting HIV positive individuals prepare their wills and health care proxies, and working with charitable organizations in securing their tax exempt status.

Kim Flournoy, Virgina Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA
Kim L. Flournoy, MSW is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Kim is a clinician and consultant providing workshops in areas such as play therapy, vicarious trauma, attachment, and the effects of trauma on children and families. She is an adjunct professor at VCU's School of Social Work and recently developed and taught a course addressing children and violence for the VCU Department of Sociology Certificate in Gender Violence Intervention Program. As adjunct faculty for the Corporate University of Providence, Kim developed and facilitated several international distance-learning courses on play therapy. She is the former Director of Children's Services for Safe Harbor and developed one of Virginia's most comprehensive programs for children and families experiencing domestic violence. She serves as the Chair of the VA Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance Child Advocacy Task Force, the Membership Chair of the VA Society for Clinical Social Work, and the Education Chair for the Richmond Chapter of the VA Society for Clinical Social Work. Kim was awarded the VA Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance's first Blue Ribbon Award for statewide excellence in children's advocacy. She was also a clinical contributor to Liana Lowenstein's Assessment and Treatment Activities for Children, Adolescents, and Families: Practitioners Share Their Most Effective Techniques.

Elizabeth Johnston, Monroe Community College - Rochester, NY
Elizabeth Johnston, a feminist scholar, teaches English composition and literature at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.  She received a PhD in eighteenth-century British literature from West Virginia University, but has published on topics as diverse as fashion in the Middle East, female rivalry on reality television, and the nineteenth-century critical reception of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  She is currently working on two writing projects, the first an analysis of female rivalry and miscegenation in Belinda, an eighteenth-century domestic novel, and the second an examination of the ideology of breastfeeding in contemporary culture.  She is especially interested in how print and visual cultures perpetuate misogynist ideologies.  After teaching Women in Literature at MCC for three years, she is looking forward to working with others at the college to create a women’s studies core of courses and is excited about helping to host a women’s studies film festival for the first time at MCC in the Fall of 2006.  Starting in September, 2006, she will also be the faculty advisor for a student-led women’s group on campus.  Finally, she is also working with Maria Brandt to organize the Take Back the News College Writing Project pilot at MCC, scheduled for Apr007.

Joy Jones, Payson Center for International Development and Technology Transfer (Tulane University) - New Orleans, LA
Joy Jones is a PhD candidate in International Development at Tulane University. She received a MS in International Development at Tulane University and a BA in Women's Studies and Public Policy at Mount Vernon College. Her research interests include issues related to sexual violence and war, post-conflict reconstruction and development, and sustainable human development focused on women, children and other vulnerable populations. She is currently working as a research assistant on a variety of international projects covering issues of capacity building and human resource development, monitoring and evaluation training within UNAIDS, and child labor monitoring. She is also working on completing her dissertation which examines factors affecting the well-being of adolescents in West Africa.

Anastasia Ruiz-Webb, St Luke’s-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center - New York, NY
Anastasia Ruiz-Webb is a former actor; she got her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from DePaul University in Chicago. Film and theater accomplishments include: “The Straight Story,” a David Lynch film; and the off-Broadway world premiere of “Bad Girls,” an adaptation from a Joyce Carol Oates short story. She is a two-time rape survivor and survivor of child sexual abuse and works with the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault on projects including: NOT IN OUR CITY, an education and outreach campaign; and SAYSO!, an annual event organized to break the cultural silence surrounding rape and sexual abuse. Anastasia has been volunteering as an emergency room rape crisis advocate, providing emotional support and information for victims of rape and domestic violence for St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Crime Victims Treatment Center since 2005. Finally, she is a student at Hunter College working towards a graduate degree in Social Work.

Christine St. John, NOT IN OUR CITY - New York, NY
Christine St. John is the Organizer for NOT IN OUR CITY, a community organizing project of the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault to prevent sexual violence through critical dialogue, advocacy and activism. Prior to her work in NYC, Christine worked as a rape crisis counselor at Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) in New Hampshire and later as a Law Enforcement Advocate in Rhode Island where she provided crisis intervention and advocacy to survivors of domestic and sexual violence at the hospital emergency room, police station, Child Advocacy Center and throughout court proceedings. At SASS, she addressed the lack of services statewide to victims of sexual and domestic violence who are Deaf by developing and implementing a training curriculum that addressed the cultural and technological needs of the Deaf and hard of hearing population. She also organized a public campaign called “Seacoast Men Against Sexual Violence” that involved 300 men signing a petition stating their support in eradicating sexual violence in addition to organizing her college’s V-Day campaign. Christine graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2003 with a Bachelor’s of Art in Sociology.

Julia Wey - Long Island, NY
Julia Wey is the founder of Long Island Holistic Health and a certified health and nutrition counselor with a background in feminist organizing and journalism.