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Stephanie Karr Retires


After more than a decade helping thousands of families in crisis, raising tens of thousands of dollars to support important programming and touching countless lives, Stephanie Karr will retire as Executive Director of the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV) at the end of this year.

Karr has been Executive Director of CASFV since 2008. Among her chief accomplishments at CASFV is the construction of the brand new shelter, which will be completed later this year and will be ready to serve families in early December 2018. CASFV’s Emergency Shelter for Survivors of Sexual and Family Violence has housed 2,300 adults and 3,800 children over the past seven years, with no person ever turned away for lack of space. As Karr saw the numbers of residents increase annually, she knew that the emergency shelter, originally built in the 1950s, would need to be reimagined. In response to this challenge, under Karr’s leadership, CASFV successfully launched and completed a $7.5 million campaign to rebuild its shelter.

In addition, Karr oversaw the transition from a family violence organization to a dual service agency for survivors of sexual and family violence. In 2011, the then-Center Against Family Violence, embarked on the strategic process of incorporating services to survivors of sexual violence. The following four years found Karr leading community stakeholders and staff to develop a model of wrap around services. In fall of 2015, the agency reintroduced itself as the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence.

CASFV has grown into the largest comprehensive dual-service center on the U.S./Mexico border and the only dual service center in the tri-county area of El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson counties.

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