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.
Courtney is the Program Coordinator for the STAAR Project. Courtney began her career as an advocate by responding to local hospitals to accompany sexual assault survivors during their medical exams and interactions with police. Courtney graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Colorado and completed her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Courtney has previous experience in mental health crisis intervention, legal aid case management, and was most recently with the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Office of Violence Prevention and Behavioral Health. Courtney’s interests include reducing reliance on the justice system, survivor-centered solutions to addressing harm, and community accountability.
Robin Hassler Thompson, JD, MA
Robin Hassler Thompson, M.A., J.D., is the Executive Director of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC), non-profit agency she co-founded in 2015 to assist survivors of human trafficking. Also a consultant, Robin works with a wide range of clients including healthcare entities, public policy and human rights advocacy groups, and other non-governmental organizations. Her work focuses on how survivors of sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence and human trafficking can more effectively achieve support and justice in their lives. Other related areas of expertise include Adolescent Domestic Battery (ADB), human trafficking advocacy, the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault in the workplace, and justice system reform. Robin’s work includes policy development and analysis, meeting planning and organization, training and education, public speaking, strategic planning, and program evaluation.
Robin has served on and held leadership positions on local, state and national boards and committees. In 2014, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to serve on Florida’s first Commission on Access to Civil Justice until June 2020. She served on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, from 2011-2014 and chaired that body from 2012-14.
Robin led Florida’s first Task Force on Domestic and Sexual Violence from 1993-1998 as its Executive Director. At the request of the U. S. Department of Justice, she served on the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women. Robin holds both a Juris Doctorate and master’s degree from Florida State University and a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C.
Olga Trujillo, JD
Olga is an attorney, trainer, internationally renowned speaker and author who has devoted her career to helping advocates, first responders and others in the field better understand the impact of trauma on survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking and one of the only speakers in the US to address the issue of Dissociative Identity Disorder from a lived experience of diagnoses and healing. Olga intertwines the role of culture, and in particular Latino culture into every presentation, training or technical assistance opportunity.
Over the past 35 years, Olga has worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Charles McC. Mathias, in private practice as an employment lawyer for the law firm of Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson, and at the US Department of Justice where she was the General Counsel of the Office of Justice Programs, the Legal Counsel and the Director of the Special Projects Division for the Office for Victims of Crime. Olga left the Justice Department in 2001 and worked more closely with most national, state and local organizations addressing issues of gender-based violence.
Olga has authored a number of articles and publications. Her memoir for New Harbinger Publications entitled “The Sum of My Parts” was released in October 2011. After selling more than 10,000 copies, her book was released in Japanese, Chinese and Spanish. She also co-authored a Handbook for Attorneys “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges” which was released in January 2012.
Olga Trujillo’s family roots stem from Puerto Rico and Columbia. She was born and raised in Washington DC and studied at George Washington University Law School. She currently lives in a rural area of Wisconsin with her partner, Casey, and their dogs and cat.
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.