Jessica Leslie, Interim Vice President, Victim Services

Jess Leslie (she/her/ella) is the interim vice president of victim services at RAINN, where she provides strategic and operational leadership to the National Sexual Assault Hotline and the Department of Defense’s Safe Helpline, as well as the victim services clinical and training programs. 

Having grown up in an immigrant family, Jess saw first hand the challenges immigrant survivors faced in accessing the services they deserved. These early experiences led her to become a passionate advocate for social justice and ensuring equitable access to trauma-informed care for survivors of all backgrounds. 

Over that last 15 years, Jess has spent her career advocating and providing leadership in the fields of gender equality and gender-based violence. She has specifically focused her work on the issues of sexual violence, domestic violence, harmful traditional practices, and human trafficking. She has a proven track record of strategically designing and growing programs and partnerships, as well as seeking innovative ways to address challenges. 

Before stepping in as interim vice president for victim services, Jess was the director of the National Sexual Assault Hotline for almost three years at RAINN, where she oversaw the hotline’s operations in English and Spanish, as well as its staffing. Prior to that, Jess was the Director of Programs for Human Rights at Vital Voices Global Partnership. In this role, she led the development and implementation of the first global urgent response mechanism for survivors of extreme forms of gender-based violence, which provided survivors access to emergency medical, psychosocial, shelter, and related services. Jess also co-chaired the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally – a policy coalition of more than 175 organizations across the United States, and was the chair of the Voices Against Violence Consortium – a public-private partnership providing holistic global programming to end gender-based violence.

Jess has held fellowship positions at the Aspen Institute, Free the Slaves, and the Inter-American Development Bank. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Washington, a graduate certificate in Law from SciencesPo Paris, and a Masters in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). She also holds a Nonprofit Executive Management Certificate from Georgetown University. Jess is a native speaker of Spanish and English, and is also fluent in French.

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