Juan Carlos Areán, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized activist, public speaker, trainer, facilitator, and published author. Since 1991, he has worked to engage men across different cultures to become better fathers, intimate partners, and allies to end domestic violence and sexual assault and achieve gender equity. He presently works as a Program Director at Futures Without Violence. Previously, he served as Director of the National Latin Network at Casa de Esperanza, as a Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist at Harvard University, and in various positions at the Men’s Resource Center of Western Massachusetts.
Dr. Areán contributed to Futures Without Violence’s original Engaging Men Toolkit (2003), led OVW’s first Engaging Men Grant (2010), and was the first trainer for Coaching Boys Into Men. He is the lead developer of FUTURES’ Fathering After Violence Initiative and Casa de Esperanza’s Campaign Te Invito, focused on engaging Latino men. He is co-author of various articles, curricula, and educational tools for men, including Working With Fathers in Batterer Intervention Programs (Oxford University Press) and Fathering After Violence: Enhancing safety for women and children post-separation (FUTURES). He co-produced the groundbreaking documentary Something My Father Would Do. He is a founding member of the United Nations Network of Men Leaders to combat violence against women created by former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Dr. Areán has served as an expert on engaging men in many media outlets, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the Huffington Post, CNN en Español, Univision, and Telemundo. He is an active trainer and facilitator, who has led hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout the United States, the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as in Europe, Asia, the US Congress and the United Nations in New York and Geneva.