26th Annual Abely Awards

Recognizing those working to end gender violence.

2023 ABELY HONOREES


ABELY LEADING WOMEN AND CHILDREN TO SAFETY AWARD
The Honorable Fernando M. Camacho

Judge of the Court of Claims; Acting Justice
NYS Supreme Court, Suffolk County


ABELY PRO BONO AWARD
Dara L. Sheinfeld
Counsel, Head of Pro Bono Litigation
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP


Our thanks to Davis Polk for graciously hosting this event, to Judge Janet DiFiori for sharing such powerful remarks, and to our Legal Advisory Council for the months of preparation that went into this year’s celebration.

For any questions regarding the event, please contact Geny Kimbrell at gkimbrell@sffny.org.

Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

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 ground-breaking forum in which human rights experts address sexual violence and trafficking of women and children in the context of armed conflict, with a special focus on the current human rights crises in Ethiopia, Ukraine, and Afghanistan.

WELCOME

Aaron Marcu
First Deputy Director, OSCE/ODIHR

Kateryna Ryabiko
Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

OPENING REMARKS

Åsa Regnér
Deputy Executive Director for Policy, Programme, Civil Society and Intergovernmental Support, UN Women

PANELISTS

Purna Sen
Visiting Professor at the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University; former UN Women’s Director of Policy Division

Fawzia Koofi
Former Second Deputy Speaker of the Parliament in Afghanistan and women’s rights activist

Mykola Kuleba
Founder of Save Ukraine and former Ombudsman for Children in Ukraine

Tatiana Kotlyarenko
OSCE/ODIHR Adviser on Anti-Trafficking Issues

Malaika Oringo
Founder and CEO, Footprint to Freedom; member of the OSCE/ODIHR International Survivors of Trafficking Advisory Council

Niat Amare
Senior Immigration Specialist, Immigration Intervention Project, Sanctuary for Families

MODERATORS

Ruchira Gupta
Emmy-award-winning filmmaker and Board Member, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

Tatiana Kotlyarenko
OSCE/ODIHR Adviser on Anti-Trafficking Issues

2022 Above & Beyond Awards

Honoring members of the legal community for outstanding pro bono representation.

Thank you for your support of our Above & Beyond Pro Bono Achievement Awards and Benefit.

Congratulations to all of our Above & Beyond honorees and the nearly 1,000 pro bono attorneys who generously commit their time to Sanctuary cases. Your dedication has enabled thousands of survivors to access safety and stability.

To read more about Sanctuary’s Pro Bono work, please click here.

2022 Above & Beyond Law Firm Honorees for Excellence in Pro Bono Advocacy

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP
Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

To view the full list of honorees, click here.

2022 Above & Beyond Event Co-Chairs

Justin Cohen
Irina Sivachenko
Naina Rasheed

 

The 2022 Abely Awards

Recognizing those working to end gender violence.

2022 ABELY HONOREES

Dorchen A. Leidholdt
Director, Legal Center
Sanctuary for Families

Linda Lopez
Deputy Director, Legal Center
Sanctuary for Families


Established 25 years ago, the Abely Awards honor the memory of Maryellen Abely, an alumna of Columbia Law School, an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, and a pro bono attorney at Sanctuary for Families’ Legal Center.

Maryellen was a tireless advocate for the rights of victims of domestic abuse and one of the first pro bono attorneys at the Legal Center. After a long battle with cancer, she died in 1995. In remembering Maryellen, we celebrate the contributions of pro bono attorneys, law students, and legal assistants whose efforts enable Sanctuary to serve thousands of domestic violence victims each year.


Our thanks to Davis Polk for graciously hosting this event, to Judge Janet DiFiori for sharing such powerful remarks, and to our Legal Advisory Council for the months of preparation that went into this year’s celebration.

For any questions regarding the event, please contact Geny Kimbrell at gkimbrell@sffny.org.