Pillars of Change

Join us on April 18 as we celebrate our 2024 Pillars of Change honorees and recognize all of our volunteers for their dedication to survivors.


Acompañamientos: For their outstanding dedication and invaluable support in aiding asylum seekers through the intricate and often traumatic immigration process.

Angela Ayora: For her unwavering commitment to creating safe spaces, her compassionate counseling, and her significant contributions to the Children and Family Services Program.

Judge Alice Schlesinger: For her exceptional legal expertise and relentless commitment to justice in aiding incarcerated survivors of gender-based violence.

Laura Dionisio:For her creativity and passion in bringing the wonders of STEM to the children living in shelter at Sarah Burke House, creating a safe and inspiring environment that fosters curiosity and joy.

To learn more about our honorees, please click here

Every year, Sanctuary partners with over 3,000 volunteers, interns, and pro bono attorneys to provide direct services to more than 7,200 adult and child survivors of gender-based violence. We are proud to engage volunteers in various activities, from children’s tutoring to translation services, client interview preparation, and drive organizing to provide necessary in-kind donations to our shelters.

Learn more about volunteering at Sanctuary and join us to make a difference.

Planned Giving Webinar

Explore ways to help secure your legacy and protect your family and loved ones through estate planning.

Explore ways to help secure your legacy and protect your family and loved ones through estate planning. Whether you are just starting or need to update your existing plan, this webinar is for you!

Join us on Thursday, April 4th, at 1 pm ET for an insightful webinar featuring estate planning expert Marci Tempesta as she answers all your questions about the basics of estate planning, including creating a will or trust, minimizing income and estate tax deductions, making guardianship designations, healthcare directives and much more.

P.S. Can’t make it? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a recording of the webinar afterward!


Marci Tempesta
Milbank Special Counsel

CSW68 Parallel Event

A ground-breaking forum of global gender violence experts discusses the catastrophic impact of natural disasters and pandemics on already marginalized women and girls and explores innovative strategies to mitigate these risks and provide victims with the resources they need for safety, healing, and empowerment.

A groundbreaking forum in which a global panel of survivors and experts explore pathways to economic stability for gender violence survivors and other marginalized women and girls.

Panelists will explore ways to empower survivors financially and provide them with the means to build new lives, free from harmful and exploitative relationships.

Click here to learn more about our panelists and moderators. 


Ruchira Gupta
Founder-President, Apne Aap Women Worldwide

Bolormaa Luvsandorj
Founder, KITE Mongolia
Managing Partner, Bodhi Financial Advisory Services LLC

Maria Meneses
Worker-Owner, United Community Consultants
Health Promoter, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

Vibha Pinglé
President, Ubuntu at Work Inc.


Sarah E. Hayes
Director of Economic Empowerment Programs
Sanctuary for Families

2024 Zero Tolerance

Join us as we celebrate survivors and raise critical funds to support Sanctuary’s mission.

Join us for our Zero Tolerance Benefit on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, to celebrate our 40th anniversary, honor the courage and resilience of gender violence survivors, and pay tribute to three inspirational leaders in this work.


Brooke Shields & Ali Wentworth


DJ Spinderella


Lori Evans Bernstein
CEO & Co-Founder, Caraway
Board Member, Sanctuary for Families

Denis J. McInerney
Senior Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Board President, Sanctuary for Families

Aliya Karmally Sahai
Principal, Bernstein Private Wealth Management
Board Member, Sanctuary for Families


Stacy Berns
Bill Bernstein
Rithvik Sahai
Lucinda Sussman


Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers more than 8,000 adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through legal and clinical services, economic empowerment, and shelter.

We believe that freedom from gender violence is a basic human right.