Ludy Green, Ph.D.

Dr. Ludy Green is one of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children. She speaks regularly in national and international venues on the importance of financial autonomy in breaking the abusive patterns that hold captive victims of violence and human trafficking, and she is a contributing writer on women’s issues for the Huffington Post.

The methodology pioneered by Dr. Green has been validated by the work of the non-profit organization she founded in 2001, Second Chance Employment Services. Second Chance’s innovative program has been uniquely successful in helping hundreds of survivors attain lifelong freedom from domestic violence and human trafficking through financial and emotional independence.

Second Chance is the nation’s first and only employment placement agency for domestic violence and human trafficking victims. In its thirteen years of operation, Second Chance has expanded from its home base in Washington, DC to operations in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and other locations, and has become one of the leading domestic violence prevention programs in the United States. The service model of Second Chance has been adopted by federal agencies and is the basis for public education campaigns, policy development, and leadership training for preventing and ending violence against women and children, around the nation and worldwide.

Under Dr. Green’s direction, Second Chance Employment Services was a driving force behind passage in March 2013 of the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The Act, first passed in1994, and reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013, was the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Last year’s renewal included a landmark provision advocated by Dr. Green to allocate federal funds for organizations that provide employment services for victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Dr. Green is now leading an effort to pass the International Violence Against Women Act to prevent gender-based violence on a global scale.

Dr. Green was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as Cultural Ambassador of the United States in Human Trafficking to Jordan and Syria in 2009. She served as a U.S. Delegate to Malaysia (2013), Turkey (2011), Chile (2009), and at the Global Summit of Women Vietnam (2008). November 2013, she was a presenter at the Qatar International Business Women Forum in Qatar. In 2006 she was appointed by the U.S. Attorney General to the Advisory Council of Domestic Violence Against Women. Dr. Green was also appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Family and Children’s Trust Fund of Virginia; elected to serve on the Commission of the Status of Women in Virginia; and elected to the Economic Development Commission in the District of Columbia.

For her work in domestic violence and human trafficking Dr. Green’s numerous awards include: Nominee to the United Nations Business Leader’s Award, Fight Human Trafficking in Luxor, Egypt (2011); Washington Business Journal‘s Women Who Mean Business Award (2010); Brava Award (2009); Woman of Vision Award (2008); Washingtonian of the Year (2008); U.S. Attorney General’s Professional Innovation in Victims Services (2007); “Volvo for Life Award” (2006); Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area’s “HR Leader Award for Excellence in Community Service” (2005); Toyota and ABC Channel 7’s “Tribute to Working Women Award (2005).

Fluent in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German, Dr. Green has a B.S. in International Finance; she earned her M.A. in Human Resources Management and Ph.D. in Industrial Organization Psychology from George Washington University. She graduated from the Leadership Washington Program in 2003, and Finance for Senior Executives at Harvard University in 2010. She is a long-standing member of the Society of Human Resources Management; the International Women Forum (“IWF”); and the Women’s Forum of New York and Washington, DC.

Dr. Green resides in Washington, DC with her husband Joseph S. Green and their daughter Megan.