Cindy Dyer

Vice President, Human Rights

Cindy is the Vice President of our Human Rights team and oversees all program and partnerships related to gender-based violence including domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful traditional practices. Prior to joining Vital Voices in 2009, Cindy Dyer served as the Director of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Cindy was nominated to this position by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. As Director, she served as the liaison between the Department of Justice and Federal, State and International governments on crimes involving violence against women.

Cindy has spoken at numerous conferences and professional training sessions before national and international audiences. She was a specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor for 13 years and has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to victims.

Get to know Cindy:

Name three inspiring women you’ve met in your own life
Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan


Where is your favorite place you have traveled?
I love everything about Jordan – the people, the food, the sites, everything!


What do you see as one of the greatest challenges facing women leaders?
The lack of male leaders to support them.


What’s your Myers-Briggs? Is it accurate?
I am SUCH an ENTJ!


Favorite quote?

The greatest tragedy of our time is not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.
Martin Luther King, Jr.