The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is proud to announce that Executive Director, Patricia Teffenhart has been selected as one of six women to receive the 2014 Alice Paul Equality Award. Presented by the Alice Paul Institute, the award recognizes individuals who honor the spirit of Alice Paul and whose contributions support Alice Paul’s work of advancing women’s equality in America.

The award will be presented at the 2014 Alice Paul Equality Awards ceremony on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6:00 pm at The Westin Mount Laurel. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit the Alice Paul Institute’s website.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” said Teffenhart.

“In our work, we are reminded every day of the injustices to which women are subjected. Violence. Victim blaming. Unequal pay. Unpaid leave. Discrimination. The Alice Paul Institute has afforded me many opportunities.

“I am honored to have a career that combines my personal passion for social justice with the professional platform from which to champion the advancement of women.”

Teffenhart is a graduate of Douglass College, the women’s college of Rutgers University. She began her career with the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network, where she utilized her passion for female-focused programming to provide critical health information to New Jersey women living with HIV/AIDS. Following her time at NJWAN, Patricia was the Director of Regional Programs for the National Latina Health Network for seven years, where she advanced the national health promotion infrastructure in support of Latinas and their families. Prior to joining NJCASA, she served as the Assistant Executive Director of Woman Aware, the state-designated domestic violence organization serving Middlesex County.

Patricia is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Non-Profits and Emerge New Jersey. In 2009, she was a Fellow in Leadership New Jersey, and now serves on the Lead New Jersey Graduate Engagement Committee as a Class Ambassador.

The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is the statewide coalition, representing survivors, their loved ones and significant others, and the 22 Sexual Violence Programs that serve them throughout New Jersey, as well as individuals, students and corporations concerned about ending sexual violence. Since its inception in 1981, NJCASA has been acting as an advocate while providing information and education to the public, media and government officials regarding sexual violence issues. NJCASA is dedicated to developing and maintaining programs and services which support our mission of eliminating sexual violence throughout New Jersey and its communities.