Biography

Susan Xenarios is a clinical social worker and founder and former Director of the Crime Victims Treatment Center at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in 1977, whose hospital based rape crisis program, domestic violence identification and intervention project and sexual assault forensic examiner program have become signature programs, replicated locally and nationally.

Ms. Xenarios has served on multiple commissions and task forces including the NYS Department of Health Rape Crisis Advisory, NYS Attorney Generals Crime Victims Advisory Board, NYS Forensic Commission and National Governor’s Association Forensic DNA Policy Project and NYS Office of Victim Services Advisory Council.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Crime Victims Advocate from NYS Office of Victim Services; the NYS Governor’s Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service Award and the Susan B. Anthony Award from National Organization for Women.

Ms. Xenarios served as Co-Chairperson for both the Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims and the Manhattan Sexual Assault Task Force and is active on many statewide and national coalitions. She was appointed by NYS Chief Justice Lippman to the NYS Justice Task Force and is a founding member of the Mental Health Professionals for Domestic Violence and the NYC Alliance against Sexual Assault where she has been a board member since 2000 and is currently on the Executive Board. Ms. Xenarios is a member of the newly formed Initiative for Incarcerated Survivors of Gender Based Violence in NYC.