posted on April 08, 2010 14:42
DV LEAP's founder and executive director, Professor Joan Meier, was recently notified that she will receive the Sunshine Peace Award which was established to honor those who work on domestic violence.
"This award is so meaningful to me," said Professor Meier, "because I have so much respect for others who have received it in the past. I am also grateful to the Sunshine Lady Foundation for the financial contribution to DV LEAP associated with the award which will make a significant difference to our small organization that manages to accomplish so much with so few resources."
According to the Sunshine Lady Foundation (which was founded by Doris Buffett), the Sunshine Peace Award program "recognizes extraordinary individuals who make a difference; those who help to build communities that are intolerant of domestic violence and through whose work peoples' lives are changed for the better."
Since Professor Meier founded DV LEAP in 2003, the organization has worked on cutting-edge issues in the domestic violence field, submitting 6 friend of court briefs in the Supreme Court. In the past year, in addition to lecturing and consulting with survivors, DV LEAP staff have worked on 10 appeals, a remarkable output for an organization of its size.