LeTonia A. Jones has been an activist and advocate working to end violence against women and girls for over 15 years. She started working with victims of domestic violence and their children in 1997 as a children’s advocate and crisis counselor at a local domestic violence program. As KDVA’s Advocacy Programs Administrator, LeTonia serves as an expert witness in cases involving domestic violence, oversees KDVA’s prevention efforts, and directs KDVA’s work with incarcerated battered women.
Ms. Jones leads KDVA’s Battered Women’s Clemency Project. Working closely with the Department of Public Advocacy, KDVA advocates for the release of battered women who have been incarcerated for crimes related to their victimization. The Clemency Project also serves as a support network for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated battered women and their families. In 2007, LeTonia’s advocacy played a primary role in the release of 6 women (through commutation of sentences or pardons) who had been incarcerated as a result of domestic violence. Ms. Jones also manages KDVA’s Women and Incarceration Project, a pilot project that matches incarcerated battered women with mentors in an effort to help ease their reentry into their communities.
At the heart of LeTonia’s work, is a desire to ensure that the stories of women, who are the most silenced among us, are heard. The Swallowtale Project, a jail-based writing project funded through a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, gives her the opportunity to help incarcerated women tell their stories.
Your financial support ensures that KDVA can continue its efforts to support victims of domestic violence – even those in jails and prisons – across the Commonwealth. So far this summer, you have helped us raise over $2,000. As we near the close of this Kentucky summer, stretch with us to help us get closer to our goal of $7,500. To you and me, $10 is the cost of one lunch out with friends, to the women that the KDVA incarceration projects support, through innovative and creative advocacy, it means certain knowledge that their victimization has not gone unnoticed.