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Appoint a special adviser to the president on violence against women

"This advisor will ensure that his agenda is coordinated across federal agencies and fully addresses prevention, programs, and the legal aspects of gender based violence."


Lynn Rosenthal named adviser on violence against women

President Barack Obama named Lynn Rosenthal to be his adviser on violence against women.

Vice President Joe Biden announced the pick on June 26, 2009. As a U.S. senator, Biden authored the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.

Rosenthal most recently served as the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She was also the executive director from 2000 to 2006 of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

The White House said Rosenthal's duties would include advising the president and vice president on domestic violence and sexual assault issues; serving as a liaison to groups representing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; coordinating with the Justice Department's Office of Violence Against Women on implementation of Violence Against Women Act programs; coordinating with the Department of Health and Human Services on implementation of Family Violence Prevention Act services such as the National Domestic Violence Hotline; coordinating with the State Department and USAID on global domestic violence initiatives; and driving the development of new initiatives and policy aimed at combating domestic violence and sexual assault.

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White House, Vice President Biden Announces Appointment of White House Advisor on Violence Against Women , June 26, 2009

Associated Press, Lynn Rosenthal Named White House Adviser on Violence Against Women , June 26, 2009

Justice Department, Office on Violence Against Women