Ms. Townsend’s writing on abuse-related topics has been published in The New York Times, Washington Post, VICE, and other outlets. She is a bar-admitted attorney in Colorado. She is also an executive committee member on the board of directors for Vera House, a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service agency in Syracuse.
- Syracuse University (B.S., Magna Cum Laude)
- Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.)
Honors and Affiliations
- Contributing writer for national publications on abuse-related topics, including The New York Times and Washington Post
- Secretary, Vera House Board of Directors
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