Julie Kim Richards has dedicated the past 12 years of her social work career to fighting domestic violence and other forms of gender violence through the work of the New York Asian Women’s Center. As the Director of Programs, she is responsible for the management and oversight of clinical services, which include counseling, case management, advocacy/accompaniment services, emergency hotline, and crisis shelters. Her clinical services team also provides legal assistance for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and child victims/witnesses to domestic violence. Julie also oversees NYAWC’s new initiatives and special projects, including those designed to train other professionals to provide linguistically and culturally specific services to Asian domestic violence victims.

Julie has shared her expertise in the field of domestic violence as a featured presenter at various conferences, as a guest lecturer, and by providing testimony at legislative hearings. She has served as the Co-Chair of the New York City Children’s Programming Committee of the Inter-Agency Task Force Against Domestic Violence, and as the Vice President of the Advisory Council to the New York State Office of Victim Services.

Prior to her work at NYAWC, Julie provided therapy to at-risk youth and their families at the Children’s Aid Society. In 2008 she was selected by the National Association of Social Worker New York City Chapter to receive their 2nd Annual Emerging Social Work Leader Award. She earned her BA in Psychology from Cornell University in 1994 and her MS from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1996.