Because Hamiltonians Protect Youth: Stephanie Nilva ’88

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Looking to use her legal expertise to fight domestic violence, attorney Stephanie Nilva ’88 in 2003 launched the nonprofit organization Day One, which serves young people in New York City. She’s been its executive director since the beginning.

Over those years Day One has become a leading local voice in the battle against dating abuse and domestic violence for people ages 24 and younger. Taking a comprehensive approach, the organization works both to prevent domestic violence and support its survivors. Day One provides legal representation and counseling to survivors, trains youth to be peer educators, conducts workshops for adults and for students in their own schools, and advocates for better public policy and more support in the fight.

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