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Center for Survivor Agency and Justice

All because of you!

CSAJ Quarterly Impact Report: July 2015

Dear <<First Name>>,

Due to your generous support, CSAJ has engaged in important work to remove the economic barriers that face so many survivors of domestic violence. We could not have done this without your commitment.

As a small token of our deep gratitude, we will be sending you (our donors, supporters, and allies), Quarterly Reports so that you know exactly how you have strengthened and extended our impact on behalf of survivors. In this inaugural "thank you" we'd like to highlight CSAJ’s recent national systems change work, made possible by your contributions.  Below are some key highlights, along with links to fuller details. 

It's all because of you, and we thank you!
Comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Amendments to the 2013 Mortgage Regulations

In March, CSAJ along with expert advisor Karen Tjapkes provided recommendations to CFPB  that would enhance survivor protections and autonomy in managing mortgages. Current regulations require that even when survivors are awarded mortgages in divorce, they must include their abusive spouse in foreclosure negotiations, and often experience restricted access to information in general. Read CSAJ's letter here.
"She Helps Survivors Thrive": CSAJ Featured in Redbook Magazine

CSAJ's Erika Sussman was featured in Redbook Magazine in their April 2015 issue. The feature entitled, "She Helps Survivors Thrive," describes Erika's history in the violence against women movement and CSAJ's innovative approach to supporting survivors living in poverty. Read the full article here.
Opinion Featured on CNN: The Real Cost of Rape & Sexual Assault

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Erika was also an invited guest on CNN's The Daily Share. She discussed the economic impacts that deepen and prolong the trauma of sexual assault, but are too often left invisible. Her commentary was also featured in an OpEd. Read the full opinion here.
U.S. Department of Education invites public comments on new Pay As You Earn (PAYE) student loan repayment plan for married borrowers

On April 28th, CSAJ presented comments to the Department of Education related to new repayment plan calculations for student borrowers. CSAJ gave public comments on a provision of the new calculations that would eliminate the option for married borrowers to file income taxes as "married filing separately" in order to qualify for the repayment plan. Low-income survivors often file income taxes separately from their spouse because they can't afford divorce, can't find or rely on an abusive spouse's income, or have financial hardship incurred at the hands of their abuser. Read our oral comments here.