Leslie Myers joined Vera in October 2010 as a Senior Program Associate for the Accessing Safety Initiative (ASI). She provides technical assistance to grantees and technical support for the various Center on Victimization and Safety webinar series and the ASI website. In addition, Leslie collaborates on three national grants: the Ms. Foundation Grant to ensure that existing efforts to address sexual abuse of children are inclusive of children with disabilities; an OVW grant to prepare self-advocates to work with their peers who have experienced violence and abuse; and the Improving the Accessibility of OVW-Funded Technical Assistance and Training project.
Prior to joining the Vera Institute of Justice, Leslie worked as the Project Director for Milwaukee’s Disability Grant Program’s multi-disciplinary collaboration focused on enhancing the capacity of service providers and improving the coordination of supports and services for women with disabilities who are victims/survivors of violence. She has served on the Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence, was appointed as a commissioner for the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and co-chaired the National Council on Independent Living’s Task Force on Violence and Abuse of People with Disabilities.