To seek transparency and accountability, promote best practices, and ensure equity in the systems that exist to serve survivors of sexual assault in Austin, Texas.
Ana Rodriguez DeFrates is a co-founder of the Survivor Justice Project and a longtime community activist on local and statewide social justice issues including sexual and domestic violence, abortion access, anti-racism work, and civic engagement. Ana currently works at a private foundation in support of a diverse range of state-level reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations. Ana brings a strong public policy and organizing approach to this campaign, having previously served as the Texas Director of Policy and Advocacy for the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and as District Director and Assistant General Counsel for Texas State Senator Kirk Watson. Ana received her law degree from South Texas College of Law, as well as her bachelors and masters degrees in social work from the University of Texas at Austin. Ana is a founding member of Austin’s New Leaders Council chapter and lives in East Austin with her husband, two children, one dog and five chickens.
Sergeant Elizabeth Donegan (Ret) is a 26-year veteran of the Austin Police Department (APD). For over nine years she led the APD Sex Crimes Unit, widely recognized for its progressive approach toward investigating sexual assault, providing better service to victims, and changing the culture surrounding the investigation of non-stranger sexual assault. Sgt. Donegan is Co-Chair of the Austin/Travis County Sexual Assault Response Resource Team (SARRT). The APD Sex Crimes Unit was recognized for its progressive approach by Human Rights Watch in their 2013 report, Improving Police Response to Sexual Assault.
Sgt. Donegan served as an expert testifying for the Response Systems Panel, a federal advisory committee which conducted an independent review and assessment of the systems used to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate crimes involving adult sexual assault and related offenses under military law. She has also trained and presented at a number of training events and conferences hosted by the U.S. Department of Defense, including the U.S. Army Summit, programs at Ft. Hood, Ft. Sam Houston, Ft McCoy and Ft Leonard Wood. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Sgt. Donegan serves as a subject matter expert for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on projects related to sexual assault response and investigation, including the National Law Enforcement Leadership Initiative on Violence Against Women and the roll-call training series How to Bring Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice: A Law Enforcement Response. She is a published author and frequent presenter at conferences and seminars. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the first Professional Impact Award given by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) in 2011. Sgt Donegan was elected to the Board of Directors for EVAWI in 2017.
Emily Rudenick LeBlanc is a counselor and community advocate who has dedicated her career to working with and advocating for survivors of abuse. Having worked individually with survivors for nearly two decades, Emily has shifted her focus to working with systems to increase the effectiveness of the local response to sexual assault, to advocate for survivors’ rights, to encourage dialogue on effectively countering these crimes, to promote actions which assist survivors and hold and offenders accountable, to advocate for the best interests of survivors, and to support the development of community-based collaborations. Emily led the creation of Eloise House, the region’s first community-based clinic for survivors of sexual assault. She has provided training nationally to law enforcement personnel, military personnel, courts, grand juries and community advocates. Emily has testified as an expert in both state and federal court. She is the former co-chair and current member of the Austin/Travis County Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team (SARRT) and is a member of various other committees and community groups charged with improving the community response to interpersonal violence. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), one of the most widely researched and effective treatments of trauma. Emily believes it is her duty and purpose to amplify the voices of survivors and to reform systems to better meet their needs.
Kristen Lenau is a community advocate with 15 years of experience working with populations impacted by trauma and violence. She holds a Master’s in Public Health and has worked both domestically and internationally in the anti-violence movement. Kristen believes that effectively responding to violence against women requires a community-driven, holistic approach. She has extensive experience training practitioners, businesses, and communities of faith in effectively responding to violence. She serves as an expert witness in both state and federal court. Kristen is a co-founder of the Survivor Justice Project, and during her tenure as the Sexual Assault Response & Resource Team Coordinator for Austin-Travis County, she completed the region’s first Community Needs Assessment on Adult Sexual Assault.
Amanda Lewis is a social worker with over a decade of community education and advocacy experience in domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault intervention and prevention. She believes that sustainable social change starts small, building upon close bonds within communities, and is best led by those most impacted. Amanda holds a Master's of Science in Social Work with a focus on community and administrative leadership. She is the Statewide Community Organizer for the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, co-founder of Survivor Justice Project, and an appointee to the Austin Commission for Women.
Martha Pincoffs is a community builder, strategist, and entreprenuer. She is the founder of Hot Dang (grain burgers), 30 at Home Challenge, and now building a creative consultancy, Waking Giants. Her super power is connecting ideas, people, and institutions with winning outcomes.
Martha serves on the board of Jolt Initiative as Vice Chair, is on the board of the Sustainable Food Center, and is the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for Annie's List.
Martha is curious about people and the world and blends the lines between work, play, activism and family. She and her wife have the two cutest kids in the world and are experts in both tacos and sushi.
Hanna Senko is a sexual assault survivor whose case was closed via exceptional clearance by the Austin Police Department. She now serves as a survivor speaker, writer, and advocate fighting for change in the understanding, reporting, and handling of sex crimes.
Hanna has an extensive corporate background with a distinguished 25+ year career working with mid to large scale private and public organizations. Her expertise is in leading large-scale governance, compliance, and disaster recovery teams and programs to increase security, reduce risk, and enable growth.
Hanna is proud to be born and raised in Nebraska. She now resides in Austin, TX with her family where she is a devoted wife, mother, and step-mother.