Amara Legal Center announces Leadership Transition and Executive Director Search

For immediate release

February 23, 2018

On February 23, 2018, the board of directors of the Amara Legal Center announced that Stacie Reimer will step down from her position as executive director. After five years of dedicated work establishing and strengthening Amara, Stacie has decided to step down in order to move closer to her family on the west coast.

Under Stacie’s leadership, Amara grew from a mere dream into a vital and dynamic organization which serves upwards of 200 clients annually with free legal services. During Stacie’s tenure as executive director, the organization established a program to provide free legal services to survivors of sex trafficking and to sex workers in the DC metro area. Additionally, under Stacie’s leadership programs to provide training, raise awareness and influence public policy were created.

During her final year of law school at Georgetown University, Stacie became aware of a gap in legal services in the DC metro area. At the time, there were few nonprofits in the county with the sole mission of providing free state-level legal services to individuals involved in commercial sex, regardless of whether that involvement was by choice, coercion or circumstance. Seeing this gap in services, Stacie laid the groundwork for the creation of Amara.

Together, a group of concerned community members with a wide range of skills and talents established Amara in the fall of 2013. Since that time, Amara has provided free legal services to nearly 400 individuals and has built partnerships with a wide array of local social services nonprofits, government agencies, educational institutions and law firms. Amara has grown from a small group of volunteers to a staff of six, including four full-time attorneys and Amara’s budget has grown from its very first $50 donation to a nearly half a million dollars from private and public sources.

“It has been an absolute honor to lead such an incredible organization these past five years,” said Stacie. “My impending departure from Amara is bittersweet. However, I am confident that the board of directors will find a fantastic new leader who will take the organization to heights I never could have imagined. I am excited to watch the future progress of Amara and I know it will stand as a fierce advocate for so many people for years to come.”

The board of directors, led by board president Brandon Hadley, has already begun its search for Amara’s next executive director and is confident that an excellent leader will be found to replace Stacie.

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