Be the Change Symposium - Preventing Sexual Violence in Philadelphia



Preventing Sexual Violence
in Philadelphia

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Carol Tracy - Former Executive Director Women’s Law Project

Carol Tracy

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Carol was Executive Director the Women’s Law Project (WLP) for more than 30 years until her retirement from the position in 2022. In her time at WLP, Carol presided over major legal victories in the areas of reproductive rights, discrimination in employment, education, athletics, and welfare. Carol is a leading expert in institutional response to sexual and domestic violence against women. Carol led a major reform effort to improve police handling of sex crimes in Philadelphia, oversaw an annual audit of rape case files at the Philadelphia police department. Carol’s work included successfully requested hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee to address the same miscarriages of justice occurring in cities across the country and initiating the call to update the definition of rape used by the FBI in the Uniform Crime Reporting system. Founded in 1974, the Women’s Law Project is one of the few public interest law centers in the nation devoted to women’s rights, and the only one in Pennsylvania.

Prior to being at WLP, Carol also served as Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission for Women; Executive Director of Penn Women’s Center Executive Director of Bicentennial Women’s Center; and was a lawyer for the City of Philadelphia.