Sisters In Purple collective comprised of survivor/thriver-led domestic violence organizations and advocacy groups: [Got To Stop LLC, Returning Hope Inc. Org., Voices of Women. (VOW), Ladies of Lavender, Inc., and We Are Women of Worth & Co. (WOW+CO) unite in solidarity against domestic violence. Intimate partner, teen dating violence, and advocate to make laws and strengthen policies and practices to prevent abuse and protect victims, survivors, thrivers, and their families.
In our conversations with communities and individual advocate-survivors and thrivers, they shared their detailed experiences and the hardships of their healing and recovery processes. It is sad to learn that the systems, policies, practices, and programs to support victims are just as damaging and dehumanizing.
As a result of our first rally at NYC City Hall in NYC on August 3, 2022, Sisters In Purple has garnered the attention and respect of the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV) and advocacy groups.
On August 15, 2022, we met with ENDGBV along with some of the agencies and policymakers that victims and survivors often interface with. We met with the Head of the Domestic Violence Units for the NYC New York Police Department (NYPD), the Administration for Children's Services (ACS), and the Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services (HRA).
This fall, we will continue our conversations with each division separately, including the Family Court, the Department of Homeless Shelter (DHS), the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DoHMH).
If you want to advocate with us and be part of a community advocacy group that has a seat at the table, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue uplifting thrivers and survivors, empowering victims, supporting families, and educating ourselves about the laws and impactful ways we become allies in this fight.
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Our social impact fashions raise awareness and spark courageous conversations! This year we are spotlighting activists who serve our communities and support our brand. This week we are spotlighting Shamara Kelly, Domestic Violence Survivor, Thriver, Activist, and Advocate! Thank you to all the activists rock our brand GOT TO STOP LLC.
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Shamara Kelly: Bio
Shamara Kelly is a domestic violence survivor and thriver.
Currently, she is the Community Organizer/ and Domestic Violence Advocate for The Voices of Women (VOW), located within NYC's Battered Women's Resource Center. In this role, she serves as the lead facilitator for VOW's Rights of Children Campaign (ROC). Shamara Kelly is an expert in galvanizing domestic violence and survivors and advocates to bring about collaborative social change and empowerment. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, she organized virtual town halls on Domestic Violence in all five NYC boroughs and provided victims with the resources they needed.
Shamara is a mother of two children and is passionate about keeping families supported and together throughout domestic violence proceedings. For the past two years, Shamara has sat on the Parent Advisory Council (PAC), a group of parents dedicated to addressing the needs of impacted parents through the NYC Administration for Children's Services (ACS).
Currently, Shamara is conducting groundbreaking research on false and malicious reporting from child protective agencies throughout the United States.
She is a member of the Voices committee through The Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender- Based Violence (ENDGBV). She is also the Co-Founder of Black Families Love and Unite (BFLU).
Angelina Rosado Bio
Angelina Rosado is a product of the Lower East Side and Harlem. She attended New York City public schools and became a teenage mother. At an early age, Angelina witnessed domestic violence and unhealthy relationships at home and in her community. Later on, she would become a survivor.
On her journey to surviving and escaping a toxic and abusive relationship, she sought help from countless organizations to no avail. But, instead of giving up, Angelina decided to return hope and foundedReturning Hope, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering domestic violence survivors and educating the next generation.
Her organization offers a prevention workshop series on teen dating domestic violence prevention for middle and high school students. They also provide resources for victims across the globe, helping them create safety plans and finding support services in their respective areas.
Since 2018, Returning Hope, Inc. has organized a holiday toy drive and provided gifts of hope to families living in NYC domestic violence family shelters.
She is a member of the Voices committee through The Mayor's Office to End Domestic and Gender- Based Violence (ENDGBV).
Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte, PSY.D. Bio
Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte is a Human, Industrial & Trauma Psychologist. She’s the Founder and Chairwoman of Created for Greatness Leadership Group, Inc., a humanitarian consulting training, & development organization. Dr. Griffith-Hunte has been recognized for her unique ability to establish “Authentic Partnerships” resulting in the building of better lives, businesses, and communities within the United States and abroad. Through implementing research-based modeling in leadership & innovation, trauma-informed care, education, and community & family engagement.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte currently travels across the globe conducting a range of engaging evidence-based training and development programs. Dr. Griffith-Hunte is also a Professor at Mercy College and Senior Training and Development Facilitator for the Research Foundation of The City University of New York. In addition, Dr. Griffith-Hunte is a Senior Legislative Advisor, who works daily with key government officials and other organizations at the state, local and federal level to pass legislation favorable to the educational, human rights, mental health, anti-domestic violence, anti-human trafficking, anti-gang, community engagement and empowerment mission for New York State families.
In 2021, Dr. Griffith-Hunte was chosen to represent The United States of America and spoke in Switzerland at the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue. In addition, Dr. Griffith-Hunte was selected to serve on the Queens Borough President’s Veterans, Elderly and Mental Health Committee. In 2020, Dr. Griffith-Hunte joined the United Nations 58th Commission for Social Development to end homelessness around the world. With collaborative efforts Dr. Griffith-Hunte assisted in developing the UN’s Resolution on Homelessness. Dr. Griffith-Hunte was instrumental in advocating for the End Child Sex Trafficking Bill which was signed into legislation in 2018.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte, is a proud member of the American Psychology Association, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and the National Center for Crisis Management. She is also the first Trauma Psychologist to serve on the New York Recovery Community Coalition and has served as a member of Senator James Sanders Economic and Marking committee.
In 2010, she was elected to govern over 60 schools and was the adviser to the Mayor and Chancellor of New York City. In addition, she was appointed as the educational and community representative for the President of the Borough of Queens for the late, Honorable Helen Marshall. Dr. Griffith-Hunte’s collaborative efforts with various professionals within the local, state, and federal government, the police department, clergy members, community boards, health services professionals and financial institutions allows her to organize and execute organizational, community and school district programs, initiatives, and events with the purpose of exposing stakeholders (i.e., teams, communities, families) to strategies and resources available to them.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte has over 25 years’ experience as an orator, educator, humanitarian, mentor, political & organizational consultant, advocate, and playwright. It is with this extraordinary background that she utilizes her expertise as a Trauma Psychologist to volunteer and mentor young women at the Department of Probation, organizations, and churches. Dr. Griffith-Hunte serves as an Executive Board Member and Curriculum Designer for UNITAS an international Anti-Human Trafficking organization and Silent Cry an organization that provides a holistic approach to the treatment of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. Dr. Griffith-Hunte is also an Executive Board Member for several other public and private schools and organizations.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte ascertained her degrees, certificates, and training from attended and completing programs at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Alfred University, Touro University, Arizona Trauma Institute International, American InterContinental University, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Nyack College. Dr. Griffith-Hunte is the recipient of copious public service, educational and religious organizational awards including the 2021 New York City’s Mayor’s Certificate for Public Service, the 2021 City Council’s Citation for Outstanding Citizenship and the 2021 Public Advocates Award for Promoting Human Rights and Mental Health. In addition, Dr. Griffith-Hunte received the 2021 Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Award of Merit for her humanitarian work.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte was also acknowledged as and awarded the New York State Senate 2019 Woman of Distinction Award, the 2019 Humanitarian Award, Citation of Honor from the Office of the President of the Borough of Queens, New York, and The Distinguished Alumni Award of 2014 and the Community Leader’s Award.
Dr. Griffith-Hunte has appeared on TEDx, and she is one of the well-known and actively sought after public and motivational speakers. Dr. Griffith-Hunte has also appeared in well-known publications. In May of 2021, Dr. Griffith-Hunte was featured in Forbes Magazine for her expertise as a trauma psychologist and consultant on the effects of mass incarceration and post traumatic prison disorder.
In May of 2020, Dr. Griffith-Hunte was featured in Psychology Today Magazine as “The Tireless Advocate.” for her humanitarian work around the world. She was also featured in Honeysuckle Magazine for her work confronting trauma, sexual violence, and incest within the black community. Dr. Griffith- Hunte’s work has been published in Switzerland and the United States.
Dr. Hunte is the creator of the A. T. T Model of life, which seeks to elevate individuals lives through an understanding of their purpose upon the earth. In 2014, Dr. Hunte was characterized as the walking representation of the Mahatma Gandhi quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Dr. Griffith-Hunte currently travels across the world conducting a range of engaging evidence-based training and development programs. These trainings and programs include but are not limited to: