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Women's Center for Advancement parts ways with CEO

Posted at 3:33 PM, Sep 04, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — An Omaha organization that works with victims of sexual assault has parted ways with its President and CEO.

A group of employees said the CEO, Amy Richardson, retaliated against them for pushing the Women's Center for Advancement to do more to address racial injustice.

Read more: Women's Center for Advancement faces internal accusations of racism

Richardson's time as CEO ended Aug. 27, according to an email from WCA on Friday afternoon.

Jannette Taylor was hired as interim CEO and began Thursday.

"The remaining leadership at the WCA support the Call 2 Action and the calls against racism," the organization said in a statement. More from the statement is below.

The WCA is navigating internal change to do the work to create a fair, equitable, and anti-racist workplace. WCA staff are 100% devoted to the mission and providing quality services for clients and the community during these changes. The remaining leadership at the WCA support the Call 2 Action and the calls against racism. The WCA staff as a whole are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization at all levels and in-service provision.

The WCA staff stand in agreement with the undersigned state coalitions in the Moment of Truth document that we as a community organization have failed black, indigenous and people of color survivors. We hold ourselves accountable and we acknowledge BIPOC’s historical trauma and lived experiences of violence and center those traumas and experiences in our commitments to move forward.

We join their vision and will continue to work to:
· Believe Survivors
· Dismantle Abuse & Oppression
· Support Education
· Decriminalize Survival
· Promote Safe Housing
· Invest in Caring Communities
· And Demonstrate Black Lives Matter

The employees of the WCA believe wholeheartedly in the mission of the WCA and want to provide the best services for all people. We are excited to be part of the growth, innovation, and future success of the organization.