Areas of Expertise
Anyenise Vilches is responsible for supporting NJCASA’s programs and initiatives through the lenses of accessibility, anti-oppression, and intersectionality. She is responsible for expanding access in regards to training and organizational work culture, as well as building program staff’s capacity to serve survivors at the margins. More specifically, Anyenise assists with planning and coordination of accommodations for NJCASA, coordinates alternative format accommodations (including, but not limited to: closed captioning, translation/transcreation services, and assistive technology accommodations), promotes programs and initiatives to sexual violence service programs and the community, provides ongoing technical assistance and resources to program membership staff, and enforces NJCASA’s compliance with the ADA.
Her interest in, and exposure to, humanitarian and social justice efforts at a young age led to a specific interest in the anti-sexual violence movement. Having an eclectic set of interests has afforded her an equally-eclectic professional experience. She has worked in the television and film industry, where she was able to see the impact media has on our society’s beliefs, particularly power-based violence, firsthand. Anyenise also has several years of experience within the anti-sexual violence field, having worked at the local level at the Center For Family Services’ Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) program as a Residential Advocate and Prevention Coordinator; at the Pine Hill Borough Police Department, where she continued supporting survivors as a member of the Camden County Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition; and finally as the Lead Prevention Coordinator at CONTACT of Burlington County.
In her spare time, she enjoys her hobbies in the arts, visiting museums and antique shops, sitting in nature, playing video games, and hanging out with her spouse and fur friends.