Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Violence Gender-Based Violence
Monthly Bulletin
January 2020

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Message from Commissioner

Cecile Noel

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As usher in a new year and reflect on the last, I am encouraged by the strides made in 2019 and I remain hopeful as we look to the future. Every day, I am inspired by the work of advocates, whose steadfast commitment on the front lines of eradicating gender-based violence is integral. And I am humbled by the survivors we serve, who remind us that the work is far from done.

In December, we collaborated with our sister agencies and community partners to produce a diverse range of events marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence global campaign. We honored our incredible 2019 Advocates of New York City. We helped brighten the holiday season for New York City youth through another successful Secret Snowflake. And our Winter Gear Drive brought much-needed warm weather accessories to NYC Family Justice Center clients and their children.

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month and National Stalking Awareness Month. While human trafficking and stalking may appear dissimilar, both are forms of violence that exercise power and control over victims. We are eager to help promote a series of trainings led by the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) that aims to educate providers who may act as critical access points for victims of child trafficking. Topics will include Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), safety planning, art therapy, and more. We look forward to joining ACS for their 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Resource Fair on January 10, and our Healthy Relationship Academy's hosting a training on sex trafficking prevention through the fostering of healthy relationships.

We are grateful for another year of continued partnerships and critical conversations – and I am eager to continue and expand our work together in 2020.



January Is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month + National Stalking Awareness Month


Human trafficking is a pervasive human rights abuse that victimizes an estimated 40 million people worldwide through commercial sexual exploitation and forced labor. Although women and girls are disproportionately targeted, victims may come from all walks of life regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, race, or citizenship.

January is also National Stalking Awareness Month, and we have recently published new informational brochures to supplement our resources on both forms of gender-base violence. We look forward to partnering with our sister agencies and community partners to raise awareness, promote resources for survivors, and offer trainings to pre-emptively address human trafficking and stalking this month, and throughout the year.

See our new brochure series about human trafficking, stalking, intimate partner violence, and more on our website



Thanks to generous donations made by mayoral office staff to keep survivors of gender-based violence warm this winter. For those interested in contributing, coats, thermals, hats, gloves, scarves, and socks can still be purchased from this Amazon wish list to directly benefit clients visiting the NYC Family Justice Centers.

Secret Snowflake


We had another successful year of gift-giving this holiday season thanks to the generous contributions of mayoral and private sector employees. The annual Mayor's Office Secret Snowflake initiative gives businesses and mayoral staff the opportunity to answer hand-written letters for holiday gifts from city youth who receive social services-including those in the foster care system, shelter system, visiting NYC Family Justice Centers, students in temporary housing, and children being raised by kinship caregivers. The program has provided presents to more than 13,000 children over the past five years, and we look forward to continuing the initiative next holiday season!


On December 10th, we concluded our 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign with a Gibney dance performance and roundtable discussion at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House in partnership with the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) and Commission on Gender Equity (CGE).

Moderated by CGE's Senior Director for Policy and Programs Chansi Powell, "Moving Against Gender-Based Violence Panel Conversation: Gender-Based Violence and its Impact across an Intersectional Lens" featured panelists working with targeted populations around gender-based violence, such as the elderly and LGBTQ individuals. We thank DFTA Associate Commissioner of Social and Direct Services Jocelyn Groden, ENDGBV Policy Advisor Sara Gonzalez, and survivors from Sanctuary for Families, and Gibney Dance for leading an important conversation on the unique impact gender-based violence has on diverse identities.

Women Who Rock Christmas Bash


On December 9th, an all-female music performance and silent auction was held by Warrior Women in Business creator, Jasmine Sandler, to benefit ENDGBV support programs. Thank you to the talented performers, and to guest speaker and Mi Amor Gala founder, Luisa Diaz Brown, for making the night so special.

Here There And Everywhere (htE) Showcase


The Manhattan Family Justice Center (MFJC) hosted an open workshop and showcase with here there and EVERYWHERE (htE), a creative nonprofit committed to empowering survivors through vocational and entrepreneurial skills in jewelry making, crafts, and sewing. htE holds ongoing classes at MFJC for survivors and their children.


  • ENDGBV invites you participate in #WearBlueDay on Saturday, January 11th in recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. You can take photos of yourself, friends, family, or colleagues wearing blue clothing and share them on social media with the hashtag #WearBlueDay to help raise awareness of human trafficking and show solidarity with survivors.

  • Join our Outreach team and over 35 agencies or programs, who will be on hand at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS’) 3rd Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Resource Fair on January 10 from 10am - 3:30pm. The fair will feature presentations, a medical provider panel, film screenings, an art therapy workshop, a vicarious trauma reduction salon, an interactive art exhibit from Street Art for Mankind, and more. All attendees will receive a toolkit about child trafficking prevention. Open to the general public.
    Location: 150 William St., 19th Floor


Indirect Cost Rate Funding Initiative


As of November 18, 2019, health and human services providers contracting with the City of New York can request funding for documented, indirect costs above the current 10 percent ceiling under the newly launched Indirect Cost Rate (ICR) Funding Initiative. For more information about ICR, visit the Indirect Implementation page on the City of New York's Online Resource for Nonprofit Organizations.

ENDGBV Publications


Use our toolkit to help faith leaders become human trafficking advocates and promote dialogue within their congregations.

Refer to our a foundation report on stalking for an overview of what stalking is, how it impacts victims, and the resources that are available.


Every month, the NYC Family Justice Centers (FJCs) host Core trainings and workshops for service providers. We also occasionally provide advanced and special trainings. You can find a list of our upcoming trainings on our website.

Our Training team customizes trainings for service providers and their specific roles at City agencies and community-based organizations, and the NYC Healthy Relationships Training Academy provides free interactive, intersectional, and discussion-based workshops on teen dating violence, healthy relationships, and consent to young people ages 11-24. Request a training or workshop


Exciting full-time positions are now open across various city agencies, including our own General Counsel's office. To apply online or share our openings with your networks, visit


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