Nov 15, 2012
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Futures Without Violence’s Debbie Lee Selected for Prestigious NoVo Foundation Program

Lee is one of 20 U.S. Leaders Selected for Vision, Action to Create a World Where Girls and Women Can Live Free from Violence

SAN FRANCISCO (November 15, 2012) – Today, Futures Without Violence Senior Vice President Debbie Lee was named by the NoVo Foundation as one of 20 new leaders selected to join its Move to End Violence program, a 10-year, $80 million program to strengthen leaders and organizations, and build a breakthrough movement to end violence against girls and women in the United States.“We’re very proud of Debbie for being selected to participate in this groundbreaking program,” said Esta Soler, president and founder of Futures Without Violence. “Debbie has been a change-maker who has helped transform health care’s response to violence against women and children in this country. She’s an incredible leader in the community, and this achievement is well deserved.”

Leaders selected for the program participate in an intensive, two-year experience that includes time for essential, big-picture conversations, the opportunity to sharpen their vision and develop a strategy to get there, skills-building sessions to advance social change and advocacy skills, and a strong emphasis on self-care and empowerment. Leaders’ organizations also receive general support grants and technical assistance to advance organizational development.

“These leaders have shown incredible vision and courage in their day-to-day work, confronting violence, abuse, rape and trafficking of women and girls in their communities,” said Jennifer Buffett, president and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation. “The Move to End Violence program is an effort to honor their bold leadership and harness their potential to create the change needed so that girls and women can live free of violence.”

Over ten years, the Move to End Violence program will connect and strengthen hundreds of advocates and organizations, investing in a national network of committed leaders with the vision, skills and renewed energy necessary to reinvigorate efforts to end violence against girls and women. The NoVo Foundation will also consider funding a select number of collaborative campaigns that will be designed by program participants, chosen for promising potential to create meaningful change.

More information on the Move to End Violence program is available at

Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund

For more than 30 years, Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for innovative educational programs, public action campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to end violence against women, children, and families around the world. Instrumental in developing the landmark Violence Against Women Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1994, Futures Without Violence has established an International Conference Center that will engage today’s diverse national and global leaders, stand with survivors, and continue working to break the silence around gender-based violence. Learn more at