WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins selected Jane Aoyama-Martin, an Irvington resident and the executive director of the Pace Women’s Justice Center, as her nominee for the Women of Distinction Award in 2015.
The recognition is given to outstanding women living and working in New York State, whose contributions have greatly enriched the quality of life in their communities and beyond. The award, sponsored by the New York State Senate, was bestowed during a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday.
“Victims of domestic violence and elder abuse know they can rely on Jane Aoyama-Martin and the Pace Women’s Justice Center to provide assistance and support at one of the most difficult and stressful times in their lives,” said Stewart-Cousins. “Jane is a kind, calm, even-keeled woman whose knowledge and passion for her work is clearly evident. The work she does provides the support and assistance that helps victims continue their lives with dignity and strength.”
Aoyama-Martin commented on her distinction.
“I am deeply honored to be one of this year’s Women of Distinction, and especially thrilled and touched by the recognition from my New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins,” said Aoyama-Martin. “It has been my true privilege to help victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse move forward with their lives, free from violence. I am grateful that I have been able to pursue a career that I feel passionate about.”
Aoyama-Martin has been active in the anti-domestic violence movement throughout her professional life. She is a founding and former Board member of the New York Asian Women’s Center, the first project on the East Coast to organize women on the problems of battering and sexual assault in the Asian communities.
She serves on the Board of The Havens Relief Fund Society, a private operating foundation that helps individuals and families overcome crises. She lectures and trains new attorneys, and for many years was a key instructor at the Intensive Trial Skills Training for Effective Representation of Battered Women sponsored by the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.