Lawyer, Community Activist, Former Commissioner of the New York State Crime Victims Board, Former Head of the Grants and Public Policy Program at the NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, Domestic Violence Researcher & Expert
Mary Haviland is a lawyer and community activist who brings more than 30 years experience in violence against women, research, advocacy and philanthropy. In 2011, she became Executive Director of the NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault, an advocacy organization that advances training, research and community mobilization in order to sensitively respond to and prevent sexual assault. Before this, she served as a Commissioner of the New York State Crime Victims Board.
From 2007-2009, Haviland directed the Grants and Public Policy Program at the NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. She oversaw a $2.5 million grants program and two public policy campaigns that resulted in substantive policy changes for breast cancer patients without health insurance.
From 1978 through 2006, Haviland worked in the field of domestic violence. She was a founder and Co-Executive Director of CONNECT, a domestic violence organization, which focuses on early intervention and prevention as methods for ending family violence. She worked at CONNECT and its predecessor, the Family Violence Project of the Urban Justice Center from 1994-2006. She built several models programs including one of the first prevention programs in domestic violence and a police precinct program which has been replicated in several precincts in NYC. She has chaired several task forces and is currently Co-Chair of the 90 member Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims.
She is author of several publications on domestic violence in such journals as Violence Against Women and Journal of Family Violence. She co-authored a study of the effects mandatory arrest entitled, The Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act of 1995: Examining the Effect of Mandatory arrest in New York City in 2001. Recently, she co-authored an article in the Journal of Evaluation and Program Planning, Retrospective evaluation of Project Envision: A community mobilization pilot program to prevent sexual violence in New York City. Haviland received her law degree from NYU Law School as a Root, Tilden, Snow Scholar in 1994 and is admitted to practice law in New York State.