Cindy Southworth, Executive Vice President at the U.S. National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). She joined NNEDV in 2002 after founding the Safety Net Project in 2000 to address technology and violence against women. Ms. Southworth has worked closely with over 30 corporate leaders including 3M, Airbnb, Avon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Verizon. She has presented internationally in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, and at the United Nations. She makes frequent media appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and other major radio, television, and print media outlets.
Through the Safety Net Project, Ms. Southworth works with private industry, state and federal agencies, and international groups to improve safety and privacy for victims in this digital age. She has presented over 500 trainings to more than 43,000 advocates, technologists, corporate employees, and justice professionals, including over 50 international presentations and keynote addresses. She has testified before Congress and is on many task forces and committees that address justice, privacy, technology, and safety.
Ms. Southworth has a Masters Degree in Social Work and has worked to end violence against women for over 25 years at national, state, and local advocacy organizations. She is a founding board member of the Global Network of Women’s Shelters and co-led the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in February 2012. She has spent the past 19 years focusing on how technology can increase victim safety and how to hold perpetrators accountable for misusing technology. Ms. Southworth serves on the Trust/Safety Advisory Boards of Facebook, Airbnb, SnapChat, Uber, and Twitter.