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Remembering Jana Mackey

Jana Mackey

“Jana was strongly committed to social justice, and in her memory, we hope to inspire others to share her cause.”
– Gail Agrawal, Law School Dean


Jana Mackey, an advocate for victims of domestic violence, was murdered last week. Jana’s ex-boyfriend was arrested as a suspect in the murder and reportedly committed suicide while in police custody.

Mackey was a devoted advocate for women’s rights and worked in the Statehouse as a lobbyist, said Sylvie Rueff, who worked with her in the National Organization for Women, where Mackey was dedicated to reducing violence against women.


“Advocates are people who are on call 24/7 … they do the front-line work with victims; they’re the ones who have heart. It takes a heart, and it takes being honey on steel, and she had that … she had everything, and above all she had compassion for others,” Russell said.


Donations can be sent to:

    Jana Mackey Support for Public Advocacy Fund
    c/o Dean of Law
    Green Hall
    1535 W. 15th St.
    Lawrence, KS 66045

Thanks to Jill at Feministe for the links.