Madeleine Behr, Policy Associate
Madeleine joined CAASE in 2018. Before working at CAASE, she was a government and investigative reporter at USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin in Appleton, WI, and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism in Madison, WI. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Madeleine is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and legal studies.
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Eleanor Bryan, Development Manager
Eleanor joined CAASE in 2016. Previously, she has held positions at a variety of Chicago-area non-profits. She is passionate about fundraising and excited to advocate for deserving populations at CAASE.
Originally from New York state, Eleanor graduated Phi Beta Kappa from SUNY Geneseo in 2010.
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Jose Corea, Prevention Educator
Before joining CAASE in 2018, Jose spent five years as an English composition instructor where he taught a variety of developmental writing courses at community colleges in Southern California. He has also worked as a job coach for high school students with mild learning and emotional disabilities. He holds a Masters degree in English Literature from California State University, Long Beach. Jose is excited to bring his skills and talents as an instructor to the role of Prevention Educator where he will get the opportunity to fruitfully engage youth with CAASE’s prevention education curriculum.
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Jenny Dawson, Operations Associate
Jenny joined CAASE in 2018. After studying mathematics at the University of California, Davis, Jenny began working in operations gaining 9 years of experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining CAASE, she applied her skills as a consultant for small businesses, focusing on improving the efficacy of systems and procedures. Jenny is passionate about using her talents to support and further the mission of CAASE.
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Christine Evans joined CAASE in 2014 as Legal Director. She has been working in the areas of public interest and human rights law for over ten years, with a focus on women’s rights and child protection. Christine manages CAASE’s representation of individual survivors of sexual assault and exploitation through civil litigation and within the context of the criminal justice system.
Before joining CAASE in 2014, Christine most recently worked as a visiting clinical professor at Northwestern University School of Law, where she led the writing and filing of the first-ever amicus brief on the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act, in support of CAASE’s inaugural petition under the law. She has also served as legal counsel for human rights organization International Justice Mission in Chennai, India
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Hayley Forrestal, Communications Manager
Hayley discovered her passion for gender equality in college. Following graduation from Olivet Nazarene University, she began working as a graphic designer and marketing associate while volunteering her free time as an advocate for survivors at Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault. She loved volunteering so much that she delighted in the opportunity to work for the Center as their Communications Coordinator and Preventionist. After relocating to Chicago, Hayley found her place at CAASE and is thrilled to work for an organization seeking to address and prevent the full spectrum of sexual harm. As Communications Manager, she supports CAASE’s brand, marketing, and relationship with the media.
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Kaethe became CAASE's Executive Director in 2013. She previously served as CAASE's Legal Director and Deputy Executive Director since 2009, when a legal services and policy advocacy not-for-profit that she founded became part of the organization.
Kaethe has been working against sexual inequality and sex-based violence for more than twenty years, engaging in feminist advocacy and litigation in many venues. Examples of Kaethe’s past work include the following: Internationally, she represented Equality Now in United Nations proceedings that created the international law against sex trafficking and she served as project manager for a precedent-setting civil lawsuit led by Catharine MacKinnon on behalf of survivors of Bosnian-Serb
In recent years Kaethe has been recognized by the Chicago Foundation for Women (2012 Impact Award) and the YWCA Evanston/North Shore (2012 YWomen Leadership Award). Kaethe is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Michigan Law School.
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Danielle Johnson, Senior Staff Attorney
Danielle joined CAASE in October 2017. She attended
Danielle started her career as an Assistant State’s Attorney at Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) prosecuting adults charged with misdemeanors in the First Municipal District. Danielle was then promoted to the Juvenile Justice Bureau where she prosecuted Abuse and Neglect cases. After excelling in this area, she was promoted to the Delinquency side of Juvenile Court. In this role, Danielle prosecuted cases from investigation to sentencing- in some cases advocating for minors to be committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Danielle spent nearly 6 years at Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office prosecuting over 200 trials including 5 jury trials. At CAASE, Danielle is in charge of Criminal Justice Advocacy. She represents rape victims from the pre-court stage which involves working with detectives to get cases charged. Once charges are approved, Danielle attends all court dates to ensure the victim’s rights are upheld.
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Rachel seeks justice for survivors of sexual violence through various civil and administrative laws with a focus on workplace sexual violence. She also represents survivors of sex trafficking in vacatur of criminal convictions related to prostitution. Rachel provides
Rachel graduated cum laude from DePaul University College of Law. Prior to law school, Rachel worked as the Asylum Project Pro Bono Coordinator at the National Immigration Justice Center. During law school, Rachel was a student advocate in the Domestic Violence Courthouse Project, Death Penalty Defense Clinic, and the Asylum Law Clinic.
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Lenise S. Lee, Operations Director
Lenise joined CAASE in 2015 as Operations Manager and is passionate about CAASE’s work.
Lenise graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she received a BA in psychology. After receiving her MBA from Northern Illinois University in 2014,
Mallory Littlejohn, Senior Staff Attorney
Mallory joined CAASE in 2016 as a staff attorney. She attended college at Quincy University and studied political science with a concentration in pre-law. She graduated from John Marshall Law School in 2012. While in law school, Mallory worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in its Fair Housing Office and at the John Marshall Far Housing Clinic.
Prior to joining CAASE, Mallory worked on the Attorney General’s foreclosure grant at the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance in Champaign.
At CAASE, she will be representing survivors of sex trafficking through the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act, in which survivors of sex trafficking may vacate prostitution convictions. Mallory will also be working on an education campaign so survivors of sex trafficking learn about their rights and options under the Justice for Victims of Sex Trafficking Crimes Act.
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Shalini Mirpuri, Prevention Manager
Shalini oversees all prevention-related curricula and programming. She is a passionate and enthusiastic educator who aims to continue developing innovative instruction to prevent sexual harm in all its forms.
Prior to joining CAASE in 2018, Shalini developed and implemented violence prevention education at the University of Florida, where she also worked with marginalized student populations to create a more inclusive, just, and safe campus for all students. She has a Masters in Couples and Family Therapy from the University of Florida and has worked in a variety of non-profit settings, and she was previously a counselor at a therapeutic school that served girls of color who had experienced trauma. She’s committed to ending all forms of social inequity, particularly focused on the intersection of gender-based violence and racial inequality.
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Megan Rosenfeld joined CAASE in 2017 as the Policy Director. Megan coordinates and implements CAASE’s local and statewide policy and advocacy efforts, including End Demand Illinois. She has been working at the intersection of gender-based violence and poverty for more than ten years.
Before joining CAASE, Megan most recently worked as the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) Director at the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. As the LAP Director, she oversaw the training of new law enforcement agencies and domestic violence service programs interested in implementing the LAP, provided technical assistance to jurisdictions that already implemented the LAP, collaborated with statewide stakeholders across the country to systematize efforts to reduce domestic violence homicides, and facilitated the LAP Advisory Council. She has extensive experience working with and training law enforcement officers on policy change. Megan has practiced law in Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton and the
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Veronica Svendsen, Senior Paralegal
Veronica joined CAASE in 2010 as the Project Administrator for the Sexual Assault Justice Project and was promoted to Senior Paralegal in 2016. She has worked as a paralegal for over 15 years. She previously worked at Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy, which assists victims of domestic violence in family law matters. Veronica works with our staff attorneys to help survivors of sexual harm seek justice in criminal and civil court.
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Adela Tiscareño, Paralegal
Adela Tiscareño joined CAASE in 2017 as a Paralegal, providing support for the direct legal representation of survivors of sexual assault and exploitation. Before joining CAASE, Adela worked for the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Immigrant Children’s Protection Project where she provided paralegal support through intakes and legal assessments with unaccompanied immigrant children held in Chicago-area shelters, legal and factual research, case review, and documentation preparation to support the operation of NIJC staff and their extensive network of pro bono attorneys. She has extensive knowledge of working with underrepresented communities and individuals who have experienced trauma.
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Christina Zuba, Staff Attorney
Christina joined CAASE as a Staff Attorney in 2016 through a Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Fellowship. She represents survivors of sexual violence through education advocacy, civil litigation, and criminal justice advocacy.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois in 2013 and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2016. Prior to joining CAASE, Christina worked with survivors of domestic and sexual violence through the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic and as a volunteer advocate at A Woman’s Place in Urbana, Illinois. While in law school, she also worked as a summer legal intern at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and served as a student advocate in the International Human Rights Clinic.
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