Building STRONGER GENERATIONS for at-risk women

Second Chance & State Department to Host Delegation of Women Leaders from South and Central Asia

march 4, 2010

Washington, D.C. March 4, 2010: A delegation of 11 women leaders from South and Central Asia will meet with Second Chance Employment Services this week. We will share with them our successful model for leading domestic violence victims and their children out of violence and into financial independence, through placement in meaningful, long-term employment positions. This delegation is in the United States and visiting Second Chance in partnership with the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. Our purpose is to help these leaders develop the skills and partnerships needed to adapt and implement effective programs in their home countries.

Second Chance (SCES) is a non-profit organization of human resource professionals that seeks to promote financial security for at-risk women and their dependents through comprehensive training and career development services. The vast majority of the women we serve are victims of domestic violence, though we serve other at-risk women as well. We provide free professional human resource services to help at-risk women enter the workforce and achieve true financial independence, thereby eliminating their financial dependence on the abuser and enabling the women, and their children to live free from abuse.

During the Russian delegation's visit, these women will see how Second Chance connects public and private organizations in our community who then serve, train, prepare, and employ women in need. They will also learn about our tracking and monitoring system that helps us maintain more efficient daily operations and measure the effectiveness of our programs. Because we follow our clients for two years after placement, we can show others that our clients, and their children, are remaining free from abuse. Women from all walks of life have been placed in meaningful, long term employment positions with SCES' assistance. In fact, we have placed over 600 women in such positions since we opened our doors in 2002. This model is helping to break the cycle of violence permanently, one woman at a time. In conjunction with the State Department, we will soon begin the process of spreading this effective model to South and Central Asia, much as we have already begun in Russia, Hungary, and many other nations.

Second Chance is daily working to expand our capacity to make a difference in the lives of women and children, and, both at home and abroad.

Now, more than ever, Second Chance needs you to partner with us to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children. Please support this important work with a financial donation of any amount by visiting

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