2017 Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Awardee: SurvJustice, Inc.
Get to Know the 2017 Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Awardee
SurvJustice is a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that increases the prospect of justice for all survivors through effective legal assistance. SurvJustice enforces victim rights and holds both perpetrators and enablers of sexual violence accountable in campus, criminal, and civil systems.
Founded in 2014 by Laura L. Dunn, it remains the only national organization that provides legal assistance to survivors in campus hearings across the United States. SurvJustice also provides policy advocacy and institutional trainings services to communities that seek to better prevent and address campus sexual violence. By working on these fronts, SurvJustice decreases the prevalence of campus sexual violence through the United States.
Laura L. Dunn, Esq., is a nationally recognized victim rights attorney routinely featured in national media. In 2014, Dunn received a J.D. from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, graduating as a member of the Order of the Barristers honor society and receiving the William P. Cunningham Award for her national advocacy on campus sexual assault, which included lobbying to pass the 2013 VAWA Reauthorization, advising the White House Task Force to Protect Students Against Sexual Assault, and serving as a negotiator on the U.S. Department of Education’s VAWA Rulemaking Committee.
Dunn is now the executive director of SurvJustice, which provides legal services to survivors across the country and trains institutions of higher education on compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act. Dunn is also a published legal scholar in the Georgetown Journal of Gender & Law, an adjunct at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, a 2015 Echoing Green Global Fellow, a member of the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, and a liaison for the ALI Sexual and Gender Based Misconduct Project.