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Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron
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Dr. Richardson-Heron is the CEO of the YWCA USA, one of the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organizations in the country. For more than 150 years, the YWCA has spoken out and taken action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA USA has more than 220 associations throughout the country and services are provided in over 1,200 locations across the nation:

Entries by Dr. Dara Richardson-Heron

Here's The Number One Reason Victims of Domestic Violence Stay

(5) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 5:09 PM

The YWCA is committed to ending domestic violence and making sure that women who do experience domestic violence are able to find safety and survive abuse from an intimate partner. That is why last week, as an Aspen Ideas Scholar, I spoke on the impact of financial abuse on domestic...

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Taking a Stand Against Racism

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:31 PM

By Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO of the YWCA USA

YWCA USA has been fighting for social justice since 1858, and we honor Starbuck's CEO Howard Schultz' desire to encourage a national dialogue on racism through the "Race Together" initiative.

Fighting for racial justice is not easy -- and those...

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A Month After 276 Nigerian Girls Were Kidnapped, Now Is Time to Act

(1) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:15 PM

The clock is ticking. One month has passed since 276 teenage girls were kidnapped from a state school in the town of Chibok in Nigeria by armed and uniformed members of the group Boko Haram. These young girls are still being held captive, their condition is unknown, they are at...

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Congress Must Act Immediately to Reauthorize Federal Legislation to Protect All Victims of Violence

(10) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 4:17 PM

"Are you or your children in a life-threatening situation? Are you in immediate danger? Does your abuser have access to weapons or guns of any kind?" These are the very first questions to be asked when a victim of violence walks through the door of a YWCA. The safety of...

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