STOPGrants.org is a website for STOP Administrators, STOP planning partners, and anyone else interested in STOP. STOPGrants.org contains tools and resources designed to assist with STOP planning and implementation including:
- Upcoming virtual and in-person training, and TA opportunities
- Implementation planning tools
- Written resources
- Webinar recordings
STOPGrants.org is a product of the STAAR Project.
What is the STAAR Project?
The STOP Technical Assistance to Administrators Resource (STAAR) Project is a national technical assistance provider funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The STAAR Project is the designated comprehensive training and technical assistance (TA) provider for the STOP Formula Grants Program.
We offer tools, resources, training, peer networking and sharing, and individualized technical assistance to help STOP Administrators successfully fulfill their role.
The STAAR Project is a project of ALSO, The Alliance of Local Service Organizations, a Chicago based agency that works locally and nationally to end violence by working in partnership with people living in risk of violence to promote safer streets and homes. To learn more about ALSO’s work, visit our website.
Mary Malefyt Seighman
Director of Policy and Justice Initiatives
Mary is the Director of Policy and Justice Initiatives at the Alliance of Local Service Organizations (ALSO). In this role, she leads the Policy division, and manages the STAAR Project, the Legal Services program, and the Communications team. Mary is an attorney who has devoted 25 years to gender-based violence policy and response improvement, and keeps the goals of safety, autonomy, restoration, diversity, equity, and inclusion at the center of her work.
Over the course of more than two decades of work, Mary has held several roles including leading the National Center on Full Faith and Credit as Senior Attorney to promote survivor safety and systems change related to protection orders and firearms; served as Director of Grant Programs a state violence prevention agency; conducted dozens of trainings around the U.S. for advocates, attorneys, policy-makers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and courts; and co-wrote a handbook for attorneys on representing survivors living with the effects of trauma.
Mary is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School (JD), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BA), and is licensed to practice law in Maryland.
Sami Hausserman is the Program Coordinator for the Policy and Justice Initiatives team at ALSO. Sami is a Licensed Social Worker, and received her Master’s of Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining the ALSO team, Sami did community building in Cleveland neighborhoods surrounding Case Western’s campus. She also worked doing case management and program coordination in affordable housing for older adults, connecting residents with community resources in order to foster independent living. She is passionate about making systems level change in order to create a more equitable society. In her free time, Sami enjoys spending time with her cat, Goose, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Shosh Pojawa is the Program Assistant for the Policy and Justice Initiatives team at ALSO. Prior to joining ALSO, they contributed efforts to organize the service industry, helping to develop revenant Know Your Rights materials while interning at the Workplace Justice Project in New Orleans, LA. Shosh completed a Bachelors in Sociology at Loyola University New Orleans, concentrating in social justice and inequality with a minor in Women’s Studies. They are a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship, which funded a semester at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. They are passionate about public information, autonomy for survivors, building networks of community care, and social structural health.
Darren Mitchell, JD
Darren Mitchell is a Fellow with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges- Family Violence and Domestic Relations and a consultant on domestic violence and other violence against women issues, with a focus on child custody and domestic violence, firearms and domestic violence, interstate child custody, protection order issuance and enforcement, and full faith and credit. Since 2000, he has trained judges, attorneys, advocates, and other professionals across the country and has published several articles on these topics. His consulting clients include the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Alliance of Social Service Organizations, the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (for which he served as Interim Executive Director), the Center for Justice Innovation,
the Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women, the Battered Women’s Justice Project, and other national and state organizations. From 2005-2016, Mr. Mitchell was Co-Executive Director of the Legal Resource Center, a national nonprofit that provides training and technical assistance to attorneys and others who assist survivors of domestic violence in complex interstate
custody cases. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Mitchell managed the National Center on Full Faith and Credit (NCFFC), a Washington, D.C.-based national training and technical assistance project of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney with the NCFFC, a consumer advocate, a litigator in private practice, and a clerk to a federal
district court judge.
Mr. Mitchell is a graduate of Stanford Law School, Harvard University, and UCLA.
Quenette Walton, PhD
Dr. Quenette L. Walton joined ALSO as a consultant in 2015 and has worked with the STOP Technical Assistance to Administrators Resource (STAAR) Project and the Underserved Technical Assistance Project. In this capacity, Dr. Walton does work that focuses on the intersection of race, social class, gender, mental health, community violence, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault. In addition, Dr. Walton is a contributor of ALSO’s Administrators’ Corner, a publication focusing on substantive and administrative topics related to the Violence Against Women Act STOP Formula Grants Program. Dr. Walton’s prior work experience has spanned across multiple systems—child welfare, schools, and community mental health facilities—where she provided mental health services to children and families. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Westside Domestic Abuse Project which is now called the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, Inc. from 2005-2007. She is also a licensed clinical social worker. Dr. Walton earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work. She holds MSW in social work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan.
MIWSAC Executive Director
Nicole Matthews is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and is the Executive Director for Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, a statewide coalition and National Tribal Technical Assistance Provider, addressing sexual violence and sex trafficking against Indigenous people The mission of this organization is to strengthen the voices of Indigenous women to create awareness, influence social change, and reclaim the traditional values that honor the sovereignty of Indigenous women and children thereby eliminating the sexual violence perpetrated against them. Their vision is: Creating Safety and Justice for Native Women Through the Teachings of Our Grandmothers.
Nicole was one of five researchers who interviewed 105 Native women used in prostitution and trafficking for their report: Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota. Nicole serves as the Vice Chair of Minnesota’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Task Force; she is a board member for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center; and she has presented at numerous conferences and events on sexual violence and sex trafficking.
Nicole is also the proud mother of three beautiful children and the grandmother to one. They give her the strength and motivation to continue working to end gender-based violence.
AEquitas: Champions for Justice
Center for Court Innovation (CCI)
Center for Survivor Agency and Justice (CSAJ)
National Coalition on Abuse in Later Life, End Abuse Wisconsin (NCALL)
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)
National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
Resource Sharing Project, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (RSP)
Sexual Violence Justice Institute, Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (SVJI)
Vera Institute of Justice: Center on Victimization and Safety
Women of Color Network, Inc.