Simaza Sadek, MSW, LSW (she/her/hers) is a licensed social worker in New Jersey. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s & Gender Studies with a minor in Social Justice from William Paterson University and a Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. In her current role as Director of YWCA Northern New Jersey’s healingSPACE, the state designated lead anti-sexual violence program in Bergen County, Simaza oversees and manages all program and staff operations, with a focus on implementation of best practices to support survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.

Simaza also works in private practice, primarily with LGBTQIA+ people and their relational partners. Simaza is a dedicated social justice advocate committed to gender and sexuality equity, diversity, racial justice, and violence prevention efforts. Her macro- and micro-level work has expanded her knowledge of the needs of marginalized communities, as well as the gaps faced by many people seeking services. Simaza will use her experience to contribute to research that examine these gaps in order to enhance community and clinical services.