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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Milton Coronado, Educator
Milton Coronado joined CAASE in September 2016. He will be facilitating CAASE’s prevention education curriculum Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation. Milton comes with a professional and extensive history of working in social services and education. Before joining CAASE, Milton served as Youth Prevention Educator for middle school and high school students teaching sexual health and community development, as well as job placement with the One Summer Chicago work program.
In addition to his work in the classroom, using his many talents, Milton stays busy by serving communities across the globe in holistic well-being. As an artist, he has created an organization where he uses aerosol art to involve young people in community service and teach them about the positive influence art has, and its strong impact for uniting communities and transforming lives. He is an author of several written publications including a book called Changed where he shares about his life growing up in Chicago. With a solid academic background and experience in classroom management, publications, public speaking, and youth advocacy, he is excited about his contribution to the achievement of the goals CAASE strives for every day.
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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 and Lusaka, Zambia; child’s attorney with the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian; and youth protection supervisor for Rotary International. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science in Print Journalism from Boston University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in International Human Rights from Northwestern University School of Law.
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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 rape death camps. At the state level, Kaethe served on the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women in Illinois from 1999 to 2003, where she chaired the Working Group on Violence Against Women, co-authored the Gender Violence Act, and assisted in the development and passage of the Civil No Contact Order Act and the Victims’ Employment Safety and Security Act. Locally, Kaethe served as a policy assistant to the Mayor of the City of Chicago, directed federal affairs for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and represented low-income women at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. Kaethe is a current member of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Public Affairs Committee, and a past member of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence (2012-2013) and the Cook County Women’s Commission (2011-2012). She served on Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign Policy Advisory Committee on violence against women issues.
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 Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and majored in Political Science, minored in Sociology with a concentration in Pre-Law. She graduated from SIU School of Law in 2009.
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 trainings and guidance to pro bono attorneys on how to work with, litigate for, and protect the rights of survivors of sexual assault and trafficking. Rachel is also a member of the Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence, a group of labor rights and anti-rape activists collaborating to create a worker-led strategy to combat sexual violence against low wage workers.
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. As lifelong resident of Chicago’s south side, and a former employee of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Lenise knows that sexual exploitation is a big problem getting too little attention from many Chicagoans. She is proud to be playing a key leadership role in supporting and sustaining CAASE’s ability to accomplish its mission and make real the CAASE vision of a community free from sexual exploitation.
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, Lenise worked as a Business Manager in the Center for Leadership and Involvement at the University of Chicago.
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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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Caleb Probst, Education Manager
Caleb began working with CAASE in 2007, and in 2010 began facilitating CAASE’s prevention curriculum Empowering Young Men to End Sexual Exploitation (EYM). This is the nation’s first prevention curriculum to engage young men in dialogue about the sex trade and empower them to stand as allies against sexual exploitation and harm. In 2012, Caleb adapted this program to create Empowering Young Women to End Sexual Exploitation (EYW) to be used in classrooms of young women. To date, more than 3,700 young men and 1,600 young women in Chicago have completed the program, and that number is continuing to grow each week. In addition to his work in the classroom, Caleb has co-authored anti-trafficking curricula for the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and has presented at numerous conferences around the United States and Canada. He has also been educating the community at-large through theatre since 2008, when he began writing, directing, and producing plays that address the causes and consequences of commercial sexual exploitation and facilitating post-show discussions. Caleb is a graduate of Syracuse University and the recipient of the 2016 Gender Equality Award from the UN Women’s HeForShe Campaign.
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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 University Minnesota Law School.
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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.
Adela earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a major in Culture and Politics and a certificate in International Development. She has professional fluency in Spanish and Portuguese.
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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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