Jane Manning, Director of Advocacy for Women’s Justice NOW, is a devoted and compassionate ally to the women of New York. Jane currently leads our campaign for better prosecution and prevention of violent crimes against women and provides direct services to survivors as they navigate the criminal justice system. An attorney specializing in criminal law and violence against women, she helped lead NOW-NYC’s successful campaigns to repeal New York’s statute of limitations on rape cases and to criminalize strangulation attacks.
Jane began her career as a prosecutor of domestic violence, child abuse, and sex crimes. In private practice, she represented a coalition of battered women’s organizations advocating for reversal of a New York State court decision making it easier for men who murder wives or girlfriends to invoke extreme emotional disturbance as a defense; the state’s highest court ruled unanimously in her clients’ favor. She then joined the international human rights organization Equality Now, where she coordinated a successful campaign for a strong and comprehensive law against human trafficking in New York State and helped draft New York’s first anti-trafficking statute. With Women’s Justice NOW, she is working to combat the violent and under-recognized crime of drug-facilitated sexual assault.