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en(gender)ed features stories that explore the systems, practices, and policies that enable gender-based violence and oppression and the solutions to end it. We teach feminism and decolonize hearts and minds, one story at a time.


Episode 47: Dorchen Leidholdt on incarcerated women and survivors of gender-based violence

Today’s guest is Dorchen Leidholdt, the Legal Director of the NYC domestic violence agency, Sanctuary for Families.  In her main role, Dorchen heads the agency’s legal services for survivors of gender-based violence, including providing support for obtaining orders of protection, immigration, sex trafficking.

In addition to this important work, Dorchen also leads the “Incarcerated Gender Violence Survivors Initiative” a collaboration among legal and social service agencies, law firms, advocacy groups, former judges and incarcerated survivors committed to assisting survivors of gender-based incarceration in NYS.  Our conversation will focus on this Initiative and the systemic context of the criminal justice system, its policies and practices that exact a heavy toll on victims and survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, and its intersection with gender, race, class and disability.  If you know of an incarcerated survivor of gender violence who needs representation, please contact Dorchen at

During our conversation, Dorchen and I reference the following resources:


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