Jessica Lenahan

, United States,

Professional Biography

In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales (Lenahan) experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Devastated, Jessica filed a lawsuit against the police, claiming they did not adequately enforce her restraining order despite her repeated calls for help that night. Determined to make sure her daughters did not die in vain, Jessica pursued her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and an international human rights tribunal, seeking to strengthen legal rights for and improve protections of domestic violence victims.

Focus of Study

Seeks to strengthen legal rights for and improve protections of domestic violence victims