Director, Legal Center
Sanctuary for Families
Dorchen Leidholdt has served as Director of Sanctuary’s Legal Center since 1994. Under her leadership, the Legal Center has grown significantly, has greatly strengthened its advocacy efforts, and has spearheaded major state and federal litigation. Dorchen is on the Board of Directors of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), which she helped found in 1988, and serves as a lecturer at the Columbia University School of Law. She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and a JD from the New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow Scholar. Prior to joining Sanctuary, Dorchen was a criminal defense attorney at the Legal Aid Society.