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2020 WGSS AlumnX Award Winner Cindy Southworth

Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and Co-Chair of the Global Network of Women’s Shelter, is awarded the 2020 WGSS AlumnX Award
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2020 WGSS AlumnX Award Winner Cindy Southworth

Congratulations to Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President at the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), who was awarded the 2020 WGSS AlumnX Award. 

Ms. Southworth joined NNEDV in 2002 after founding the Safety Net Project to address technology and Violence Against Women. Ms. Southworth works with communities, private industry, state and federal agencies, and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims. She has testified before Congress and is on many task forces and committees that address justice, privacy, technology, and safety in the Justice, Elections, Defense, and Human Services arenas.

Ms. Southworth has a Masters Degree in Social Work and has worked to end violence against women for 27 years at national, state, and local advocacy organizations. She also has spent the 20 years addressing how technology can increase victim safety and how to hold perpetrators accountable for misusing technology. Ms. Southworth serves on the Safety/Trust Advisory Boards of Airbnb, Facebook, Twitter, and Uber. She is also a founding board member of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters (GNWS).

In 1993 she was a founding board member of a community wide domestic and sexual violence task force and has been working with communities throughout the U.S. and internationally since then to help organizations work together to increase safety and end violence. Ms. Southworth has extensive experience providing Technical Assistance (TA) to practitioners and she has been assisting grantees since 1998 on a wide range of topics including policies and procedures, best practices. She and her colleagues respond to over 100 TA requests each month. Ms. Southworth has been receiving federal TA funds since 2004 to provide assistance to grantees on technology, confidentiality, organizational best practices, and victim safety.