Director, Economic Security for Survivors Project

Areas of Expertise: Economic Security for Survivors, Violence & Safety

Sarah Gonzalez Bocinski is the Director of the Economic Security for Survivors Project at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Sarah oversees the development of training, tools, and curricula and provides technical assistance to domestic/sexual violence programs and justice system professionals on strategies to better address the intersections of survivor economic security and safety. Sarah specializes in the creation and implementation of employment focused curricula as well as fostering comprehensive community-based support strategies.

Sarah has presented at national and regional conferences for domestic and sexual violence advocates and criminal justice professionals. Keynotes include Intersections of Economic Insecurity and Sexual Assault: Consequences of Childhood Victimization and Economic Insecurity and Barriers to Safety and Recovery for Rural Survivors. Sarah has been quoted by local and regional radio, and trade press on local efforts to address the needs of survivors.

Prior to joining IWPR, Sarah worked at Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) where she advocated for policies that promote economic security for women and girls in the District of Columbia, and designed and facilitated career empowerment programs for job readiness programs, teen empowerment programs, and domestic violence programs. Before working at WOW, Sarah worked in institutional development. Sarah received her B.A. from Colgate University and Master of Public Policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, where she studied on social welfare programs and workforce development policies.


ESS Quarterly Newsletter Summer/Fall 2017 Issue

The Status of Black Women in the United States   In collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research released a new comprehensive report as a part of the longstanding report series, The Status of Women in the States. This 192 page report describes the experiences of millions of Black women across the…

The Economic Drivers and Consequences of Sex Trafficking in the United States

Like intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking, human trafficking[i] has significant economic consequences for victims. While data on the prevalence of human trafficking in the United States are scarce, due to the covert nature of the crime, some research suggests that trafficking is widespread. In 2016, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline (National…

The Economic Cost of Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking

Intimate partner violence (IPV), sexual assault, and stalking have profound economic effects on victims and survivors. The physical aspects of violence often result in significant medical costs and time off from work. The long-term psychological consequences may hinder victims’ ability to study or hold a job; in some cases, perpetrators directly sabotage their victims’ employment.…

Intersections of Stalking and Economic Security

Stalking affects nearly one in six women and more than one in 19 men in the United States in their lifetime. The majority of stalking victims are stalked by individuals they know. Two-thirds (66.2 percent) of female victims report that the stalker was a former intimate partner. Common stalking tactics–including physical surveillance, unwanted phone calls, other unwanted…