Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women
Jesenia serves as program officer for the NoVo Foundation’s Initiative to End Violence Against Girls and Women. Prior to joining NoVo, Jesenia spent a decade at STEPS to End Family Violence, where she worked with survivors of domestic violence and trauma. As the legal services coordinator for the STEPS’ Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) program, she helped lead defense-based advocacy efforts and provided trainings throughout the U.S. on the unique barriers survivor-defendants face. Jesenia went on to serve as STEPS’ manager of advocacy services and senior policy advisor, overseeing a team of counselors and advocates. In that position, she helped develop and manage three projects and worked closely with an array of community partners to develop policy briefs and reports that sought to impact institutional responses to survivors of abuse and trauma.