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Rebecca Henry

American Bar Association
Deputy Chief Counsel - Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Riverdale Park, Maryland
Rebecca Henry is the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence (CDSV) at the American Bar Association, where she serves as an expert resource on domestic and sexual violence and the law to ABA leadership and staff, attorneys, judges, legislators, the media, and others.

Since joining the ABA, Rebecca has been actively involved in policy initiatives and collaborative efforts to strengthen legal supports for survivors of gender-based violence, including the development of the ABA Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking in Civil Protection Order Cases, several committees of the Uniform Law Commission and the American Law Institute, and the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, actively engaged in VAWA, VOCA, and FVPSA reauthorization.

Together with the CDSV team, Rebecca conducts dynamic, interactive, pedagogy-informed best practices training for civil attorneys representing survivors of gender-based violence, develops new print and electronic resources, and provides consultations for state, local and national programs, as well as researching and referring individual requests for assistance. Rebecca also maintains administrative responsibility for multi-source $1.5M budget, including grant writing and other fundraising efforts.

Prior to joining the ABA, Rebecca worked as a Coffin Fellow at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, Maine, representing domestic violence survivors and their children in complex family matters. Upon completing her Fellowship, Rebecca was staff attorney and then project director of the OVW-funded Elder Justice Project at Maine's Legal Services for the Elderly. As Project Director she developed and presented trainings to hundreds of police officers, prosecutors and court staff about best practices for criminal justice interventions for elder abuse.

Rebecca is admitted to the New York and Maine bars, and served as a law clerk on the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her law degree from New York University, where she received the New York Bar Association's Legal Ethics Award and served as a senior editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. Rebecca received her MA in philosophy and feminist theory from the University of Minnesota.