Lucy Steinitz

Dr. Lucy Steinitz serves as Senior Technical Advisor for Protection at CRS. She camelucy to CRS in 2014 after living for 17 years with her family in Africa (mostly Namibia and Ethiopia).  Lucy concentrates on efforts to prevent and respond to the abuse and exploitation of children and vulnerable adults worldwide through local capacity-building, project development and technical support. Most recently, she has directly involved on combatting human trafficking in India, family-strengthening in Uganda, post-Ebola recovery in Sierra Leone and promoting trauma-healing in Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Latin America.

Lucy has been instrumental in co-writing and producing several workshop curricula and practice manuals (over 60 publications in total), including  Introduction to Trauma Awareness and Resilience (2018); Singing to the Lions: A Facilitator’s Guide to Overcoming fear and violence in our lives (CRS, 2017); Tree of Life /Global Edition (REPSSI/CRS 2016); Better Parenting Plus (CRS/Pact/FHI/REPSSI, 2012-2016),  My Life Starting Now (Knowledge and skills for young adolescents, Strategies for Hope, 2010), and The Way We Care (FHI, 2009).  Lucy currently travels overseas about a third of her time.

In Namibia, Lucy was the co-founder and first National Coordinator for Catholic AIDS Action and co-founder and Board chair of the Church Alliance for Orphans.  She worked for FHI/360 and Pact (the latter as Deputy Chief of Party and Senior Technical Advisor for a large project serving orphans and vulnerable children in Ethiopia), and also for the Stephen Lewis Foundation (Canada).   Before living in Africa, Lucy worked in the United States where – to round out her ecumenical base – she served as Executive Director of Jewish Family Services in Baltimore, Maryland for fifteen years (1982 – 1997). 

Lucy’s PhD is in social work from the University of Chicago, her Master’s degree is in Jewish Communal Service from Brandeis University, and she has a BA in Religion and Sociology from Wilmington College, a Quaker school, in Ohio.


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