Every year, at our Zero Tolerance Benefit, Sanctuary for Families honors those who have significantly contributed to the movement to end gender-based violence. This year, we are thrilled to present the 2023 Zero Tolerance Award to Jennifer L. Kroman, co-founder of the FurtherJustice Foundation, Inc.
Jennifer is a lifelong champion of creating opportunities for underrepresented individuals and communities, including survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Most recently, she co-founded FurtherJustice Foundation, which helps community-based organizations launch and expand civil legal services programs.
Prior to that, Jennifer spent more than a decade as the leader of the award-winning pro bona practice at the law firm Cleary Gottlieb. Throughout her career, including as an associate and partner at Cleary, Jennifer provided direct legal services to hundreds of low-income clients. She also has trained scores of pro bono lawyers around the country to represent human trafficking survivors and has helped launch numerous pro bono legal service programs.
Jennifer has been involved with Sanctuary for Families for more than 25 years. She has personally taken on some of Sanctuary’s most challenging pro bono cases. Jennifer joined Sanctuary’s Board in 2014 and has been a source of invaluable wisdom and guidance for the past nine years.
In addition to being honored by Sanctuary, Jennifer has been honored by The Legal Aid Society, The Freedom Network, and the New York City Bar Justice Center for her work with low-income New Yorkers, immigrant children, and human trafficking survivors.
Jennifer received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Michigan.