For Immediate Release
September 12, 2023
2700 N. Central Ave, Suite 1100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
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ARIZONA COALITION TO END SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ANNOUNCES TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS
PHOENIX, September 12, 2023 – The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence (ACESDV) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Directors Dr. Tina Jiwatram- Negrón and Alejandro Palacios. The directors have extensive professional expertise, and will assist the Board of Directors in furthering the mission of ACESDV, creating a greater impact on the people, program members and communities it serves.
“ACESDV is incredibly thankful to have these two individuals join the board,” said Jenna Panas, CEO of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. “They both bring valuable personal perspectives and professional experience to the Board that will move both the agency and the state forward.”
Dr. Tina Jiwatram-Negrón is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work and faculty of the Office of Gender-Based Violence in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. She is also a Faculty Research Affiliate at the ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center and Global Center for Applied Health Research. Dr. Jiwatram-Negrón’s work focuses on examining gender-based violence and the constellation of health and mental health risks associated with GBV among socially and economically marginalized populations, including women living with HIV and women who misuse substances and/or engage in sex work. In partnership with community-based organizations domestically and internationally, Dr. Jiwatram-Negrón also aims to reduce and eliminate disparities through the co-development of trauma-informed interventions to identify and address GBV and co-occurring risks.
Alejandro Palacios was formerly a victim advocate at the Office of Victim Services at the Arizona Department of Corrections, Alejandro was the lead advocate of the Victim Offender Dialogue Program. Alejandro facilitated victim initiated, victim centered, and victim driven dialogues within victims/survivors and their offenders. Also, during his tenure he educated victims on their victims’ rights; as well, as assisted them to exercise them. Such as being heard during criminal justice proceedings, in particular providing impact statements and opposing parole of inmates during clemency hearings. Furthermore, Alejandro has worked as a technology safety specialist with the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Providing technical assistance and training on assessing and safety planning around abuse by means of technology. Alejandro also was a trainer with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence from 2013- 2016. Prior to becoming a trainer, Alejandro provided lay legal advocacy services to victim of domestic and sexual violence at the domestic violence shelter where his work in advocacy started back in 2010 as a volunteer in Phoenix, Arizona
ACESDV is excited to have these exceptional individuals join the Board and looks forward to channeling their talents and expertise to further their mission to end sexual and domestic violence in Arizona by dismantling oppression and promoting equity. Please join ACESDV in welcoming them.
About the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) works to dismantle oppression and promote equity among all people, focusing on increasing public awareness about sexual and domestic violence and enhancing safety and services for survivors. ACESDV was originally founded as the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1980, so that concerned citizens and professionals could unite in a statewide organization to end domestic violence. In 2013, the coalition became the designated dual coalition to address both sexual and domestic violence in Arizona, thus becoming the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. ACESDV provides training and technical assistance to responders, service providers, and community members, engages in public policy advocacy and public awareness initiatives, and provides direct services through the Arizona Sexual and Domestic Violence Helpline and online chat. To learn more visit www.acesdv.org and www. arizonasurvivors.org.
Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence
Jenna Panas, (817) 939-1577