Co-Founder and Executive Director
Amanda is a bilingual, Washington D.C. native and graduated from The Field School, where she met and became friends with Tanya Horwitz, her collaborator and co-founder. Following graduation from Field, she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where she graduated with a BA in Anthropology and Sociology and minor in Spanish language and literature.
While Amanda was a student at Rhodes, she became more politically and socially engaged and she discovered her passions for doing human rights advocacy and research. While a student at Rhodes Amanda conducted in-depth ethnographic research at El Centro Cultural Latino de Memphis, (The Latino Cultural Center) and Danza Azteca Quetzalcoatl de Memphis, an Aztec dance group based in Memphis. During the spring of 2015, Amanda spent a semester in Santiago, Chile, studying sociology and hispanic literatures at the Universidad de Chile, interned and conducted research at Chile's Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos on Operation Condor in Chile. Additionally, while interning at Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, she conducted ethnographic research which focused on how individuals who do human rights advocacy and research in Chile, specifically how individuals who work for Museo de la Memoria, perceive their roles in Chile's present battles for control of its historic memory of its recent traumatic past.
When Amanda returned to Rhodes after her semester in Chile, she became involved in campus activism dealing with racialized and sexual violence within the Rhodes community. During the Spring 2016 semester at Rhodes, Amanda helped establish Students Against Sexual Violence (SASV), a student coalition at Rhodes College working to eliminate the structural and institutional roots of rape culture at Rhodes College. As a member and co-founder of SASV she helped to organize and participated in protests against Rhodes' mishandling of sexual assault cases, as well Rhodes' response to acts of racialized violence on campus. She had an instrumental role in helping draft the list of demands that dealt with how Rhodes needed to improve its institutional response to sexual violence, delivered to the Board of Trustees of Rhodes College in April 2016.
Amanda leads The Testimony Project, and manages all of our day-to-day and D.C. operations including all of our marketing, publicity, communications and outreach, as well as our website and all of our social media accounts. She is writing, directing and producing our feature length documentary film, The Testimony Project. You can find Amanda on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/la_monstruita and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lamonstruita/.
Tanya, like Amanda is a Washington D.C. native and graduate of The Field School located in the District of Columbia, where Amanda and Tanya met. Tanya graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, with a BA in Psychology in May 2016. For this project, Tanya wishes to give victim-survivors of gender-based violence and sexual violence a platform where they can speak freely about their experiences to raise awareness in their communities about the prevalence of gender-based and sexual violence. In August 2016, Tanya moved to Chicago, IL where she is a research assistant in a Psychology research lab.
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Jessica grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where she graduated from Decatur High School with community service honors. Jessica is currently a senior at Rhodes College, where she studies gender and sexuality studies. In 2014, she received the Girl Scout Gold Award for her documentary, The Skinny on Body Image, which promoted positive body image in girls. Jessica has always been passionate about issues that disproportionately affect women and minority groups, working over the years specifically in issues such as eating disorders, sexual violence, sex workers’ rights, and reproductive justice. She is a licensed Zumba instructor and has spent the past year working at sexual/reproductive health clinics and nonprofit organizations and hopes to pursue this field after college.