Pat Acosta was recently promoted to the Director of Operations for La Casa, INC. Domestic Violence Comprehensive Program in Las Cruces; she was the former Batterer Intervention Program (BIP) Coordinator and Facilitator. She is responsible for the day to day functions of the following departments, Emergency Shelter, Offenders’ Program, Case Managers, maintenance, Front Desk and Legal/Immigration Services. Before accepting a supervisory position with La Casa, Pat served as the National Lead Trainer for ENCUENTRO LATINO National Institute on Family Violence. Pat has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from NMSU and other certifications in the areas of Public Housing, Parenting and teaching Curriculums of Intimate Partner Violence. As a survivor of domestic violence, she managed to raise her four daughters as a single mother and credits her ability to become self-sufficient after making the decision to pursue secondary higher education. Her public speaking and training have included topics such as Domestic Violence in the Barrio, Community Building, Housing Redevelopment, Latinos in Public Housing, Self-Sufficiency and Self- Esteem, Teen Pregnancy, Teen Dating Violence, Immigration and the Latino DV victim, Evolution of a Latina Survivor, Children exposed to DV, History of Batterer’s Intervention Programs, Multicultural Sensitivity, as well as DV & Substance Abuse Offenders and Victim’s Rights! Understanding the Court Systems. In 1997 she was the recipient of the Presidential Silver Medal Award presented to her by President Bill Clinton ( the highest national recognition given to volunteers across the United States) She has been appointed to serve on local, state, national and international advisory boards almost always having to do with human rights, domestic violence, and teen issues. She was featured in a book titled “Voices from the Heart” were several volunteers across America were highlighted for their community commitment to care. She also appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show where she was interviewed to speak about her community dance troupe “Las Mariposas”. Pat also served as a board member for the International Shelter for Women Services for four years, (an organization servicing victims of Domestic Violence in Cd.Juarez Chih. Pat is often invited to speak as a Survivor in Local, National and International Conferences.
Shana Aldahl, LMSW, is the special projects coordinator for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, overseeing multiple capacity building initiatives including the Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) and the Children’s Capacity Building Project. Ms. Aldahl has worked in the field of domestic violence for nearly ten years in various capacities, including managing a domestic violence shelter, providing crisis intervention services to survivors of domestic violence in both a hospital and a substance abuse detox center, and facilitating training to both advocates and medical professionals.
Jeannette Baca, LISW, LCSW, is a licensed independent clinical social worker in New Mexico, with more than 25 years of experience working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is an instructor at New Mexico Highlands University, teaching social work to bachelor and master level students. Ms. Baca is also a consultant for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, providing technical support for the Children’s Capacity Building Project and the Animal Protection Project.
Melanie Barton is the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) advocate for the Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA). She works closely with the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC), providing services to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse throughout the state. Over the last year, she has provided training on PREA and sexual assault to the MDOC corrections staff, as well as technical assistance and PREA-specific training to local rape crisis centers. Ms. Barton’s work recently expanded to providing comprehensive inmate education training, engaging inmates in questions and dialogue, to assisting them in understanding advocacy access and services under the PREA Standards. She continues to work with her MDOC partners annually providing new-hire training for cadets and mock training sessions with case scenarios for corrections staff.
Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN is Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Dr. Campbell’s major area of research is violence against women and associated physical and mental health outcomes, including intimate partner homicide, HIV/AIDS, and abuse during pregnancy. She is committed to the collaborative development and testing of interventions for women exposed to violence in the health care, VA, advocacy and judicial systems in the US and globally. She developed and tested the Danger Assessment risk of DV lethality instrument and collaborated on evaluating interventions based on it, interventions that can help end health inequities for marginalized women. Dr. Campbell has mentored an amazingly talented and committed group of interdisciplinary scholars in research on violence against women who have collaborated in conducting her more than 12 major research studies and producing her more than 250 publications and seven books, including the 2017 version of Assessing Dangerousness and the 2011 Family Violence and Nursing Practice.
Dr. Donald Clark retired from an IHS career in 2013 after 24+ years. He became interested in public health and epidemiology while working on Navajo and Jemez Pueblos. While working at Albuquerque IHS he realized domestic violence is a health care issue and went on to obtain a master’s in public health focusing on the healthcare response to domestic violence. Dr. Calrk has worked for more than 18 years helping other IHS and tribal hospitals and clinics develop protocols to address domestic violence and for the last several years has done the same with various tribal clinics. More recently, his focus is on raising awareness of the health effects resulting from traumatic brain injury and anoxic brain injury from nonfatal strangulation in domestic violence.
Rachel Cox, LCSW has worked in the field of domestic and sexual violence for more than 16 years. She is currently the clinical director at Community Against Violence in Taos, NM. Previously, she has worked as an advocate, sexual assault program coordinator, court-appointed special advocate volunteer coordinator, and child and adult therapist. Her experience in direct service informs the guiding principles of her approach to supervision. In her role, Ms. Cox works to facilitate organizational change to improve service quality at a local and statewide level.
Marcie Davis serves as Director of Underserved Populations for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. One of Marcie’s passions is building collaborative relationships with an emphasis on inclusion of underserved populations including: individuals with disabilities, seniors, indigenous communities, rural communities, and other underrepresented individuals. Marcie also serves as a U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime TTAC Consultant. Most recently, she served as a facilitator in the OVC TTAC National Victim Assistance Academy’s Effective Management Series. She co-facilitated Developing and Sustaining Collaborations within this series earlier this year. In Fall 2017, Marcie will be co-facilitating Strategic Planning within this series.
Sarah Deer has worked to end violence against women for more than 20 years. As an undergrad, she began as a volunteer rape victim advocate and later received her JD with a Tribal Lawyer Certificate from the University of Kansas School of Law. She is currently a professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Ms. Deer is a co-author of three textbooks on tribal law. She has received national recognition for her work on violence against Native women and was a primary consultant for Amnesty International’s Maze of Injustice campaign. Her latest book is “The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America.” She is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur Fellowship and KU Law’s first Langston Hughes appointment.
Dr. Gail Dines is a professor of sociology and women’s studies at Wheelock College in Boston, where she is also chair of the American Studies department. She has been researching and writing about the porn industry for well over twenty-five years. Dr. Dines is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America and author of numerous books and articles. Her latest book, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality, has been translated into five languages. Dr. Dines is the founding president of the non-governmental organization, Culture Reframed. Dedicated to building resilience and resistance in children and youth to the harms of a hypersexualized and pornified society, Culture Reframed develops cutting-edge educational programs that promote healthy development, relationships, and sexuality. Dr. Dines’ work is the focus of a new film by the Media Education Foundation called Pornland: The Documentary.
Denise Dumesnil, LCSW, began working with Community Against Violence (CAV) in 2011 as the region’s legal advocate with the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Program’s Community Justice Project. She has been working part-time as a children’s therapist at CAV since 2014 and also works part-time with Assistance Dogs of the West as an instructor/trainer. Ms. Dumesnil is the owner/handler of Clark, a seven-year-old yellow Labrador trained by Assistance Dogs of the West who has been a facility service dog at CAV since 2012, acting as co-advocate and co-therapist with Denise in her various roles.
MaryEllen Garcia is the VAWA grants administrator for the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission, administering the STOP VAWA and SASP formula awards, in addition to discretionary funds from the Office for Victims of Crime. Until recently, Ms. Garcia also administered the VOCA Victim Assistance funds. Prior to her work with the Commission, she administered discretionary grants from OVW for the state including projects that developed best practices for access, issuance, and enforcement of orders of protection and a statewide domestic/dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, strangulation and child victimization project. She began her career in victim services as a volunteer with a nonprofit law enforcement based victim advocate program. She then worked as a crisis negotiator for law enforcement and developed a law enforcement crisis outreach and support team. She has worked with governmental and non-governmental victim service agencies around the state either in training, providing services, development of best practices in serving victims, program development and leadership within New Mexico for more than 17 years.
Julie Germann is a professional speaker, trainer, and consultant specializing in sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Ms. Germann draws on her past experience to help develop victim-centered protocols for the investigation and prosecution of sexual and physical violence. She aids government and nonprofit organizations in advancing their knowledge and understanding of all aspects of violence and victim response. Julie is admitted to the practice of law in the state of Minnesota. She is a 2002 graduate of Hamline University School of Law and has a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.
Karen F. Grohman of Henderson & Grohman, PC specializes in federal law and appellate practice. She also practices in the areas of plaintiff’s injury, employment discrimination, family law, and civil rights. Karen grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and earned a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She clerked for Judge William P. Johnson on the District of New Mexico and Judge Jay S. Bybee on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. After that, Karen joined King & Spalding in Washington, D.C. as an associate in the National Appellate Division. Karen also previously served in the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney, where she earned a Special Commendation for her work with the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division.
Caitlin Harper MA, ATR-P, LMHC, works as a therapist for Nambé Pueblo, in collaboration with NMCADV’s Children’s Capacity Building Project. She has served the Nambé Pueblo community since October 2013. She received her BA in German studies and studio art from Centre College in Danville, KY in 2008 and her MA in counseling and art therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM in 2016. In 2009 she completed a Fulbright research project on art therapy at the University of Vienna in Austria. Caitlin draws heavily upon existential, archetypal, and culturally sensitive approaches, bringing an eclectic perspective to art therapy and counseling. She believes in the power of imagination, humor, multi-generational community, and the resilience of the human spirit as essential components of her work with children and families. Ms. Harper incorporates visual art, writing, and music into her work with Nambé Pueblo community members.
Lenny Hayes, MA is the owner and founder of Tate Topa Consulting, LLC. He is a mental and chemical health therapist specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is not only focused on American Indian Historical and Intergenerational Trauma but other various types of trauma that affects this population, Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ community and the general population as a whole. Hayes has extensive training and experience in mental and chemical health issues.
“Generational humorist” Meagan Johnson has an outspoken, take-no-prisoners Gen X attitude, challenging her audiences to think differently and act decisively when dealing with multiple generations. Johnson graduated from Arizona State University Business School with a BS in marketing. After working several years in a sales environment, Meagan became discouraged by all the negative comments she heard about Generation X. (Generation X is the 50 million people born between 1965 and 1980.) As a Gen Xer herself, she felt these comments were unfounded. She was further frustrated by the blinders her managers seemed to have. Johnson began researching everything from small to large corporations in order to find successful ways to work with the younger generation. ZAP THE GAP Solving the Multi-Generational Puzzle was born. Johnson believes, “Once we take time to understand the motivations and mindset of each generation, working with them, communicating with them and managing them becomes a more successful effort.”
Since 1997, Johnson has entertained and educated thousands. She has written a variety of articles about the multiple generations and has been interviewed for many publications and audio programs. She has been quoted in The Chicago Tribune, CNNMoney.com, US News & World Report and many other publications. She wrote the Generational chapter in the book Success is a Team Effort and co-authored Generations, Inc – From Boomers to Linksters, Managing the Friction Between Generations at Work with her baby boomer father, Larry Johnson.
Bobby Kipper is a best-selling author and national expert in the areas of youth and gang violence reduction. As the former director of Virginia’s Gang Reduction Program, he headed one of the most successful gang reduction models in recent history. His experience spans more than three decades of working in the critical areas of prevention and intervention of youth delinquency and crime. His work has been recognized by Congress and the White House and has been featured in communities across America. Mr. Kipper’s model approach of prevention, intervention, enforcement, and re-entry has been offered as a model for communities nationwide. His comprehensive planning model was first recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2007. In 2009, he founded the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence, which he currently serves as the executive director. His two current best-selling books, No Colors: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities, and No Bullies: Solutions for Saving our Children from Today’s Bully were published by Morgan-James Publishing in New York.
Alicia “Kozak” Kozakiewicz is an internationally-acclaimed motivational speaker, author, and actress who has inspired millions through her powerful on-screen and in-person appearances. Passionate and straight from the heart, Ms. Kozakiewicz motivates her audiences to transcend life’s struggles, pursue their passions, and discover their purpose. Alicia’s own life story exemplifies the strength of the human spirit’s ability to overcome adversity and deny defeat. At the age 13, Alicia became the victim of an internet lure and was abducted to another state where she was held captive. Following her rescue, she has devoted her life to raising awareness of missing persons and protecting children against predatory crime. She has been featured in PBS’s award-winning, Alicia’s Message and EIE’s Emmy-winning, Alicia’s Story, on the Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, Anderson Live, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, and more, and in numerous publications including People and Cosmopolitan. Additionally, Alicia has joined Investigation Discovery. She co-authored an OJJDP publication, You’re Not Alone: The Journey From Abduction to Empowerment, testified before Congress, and works to pass Alicia’s Law, her namesake, nationally. Alicia’s Law provides a dedicated revenue stream to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. Alicia received a Jefferson Award and the Courage Award from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and has been engaged by the FBI to train the National Academy. She is also an Airline Ambassadors International representative and Human Trafficking Awareness Trainer. She graduated with her MA in forensic psychology. Her focus is to not only assist in the recovery of the missing but also to support those children and their families, who have been affected by abduction and sexual exploitation.
Levi Monagle is a victim-advocacy attorney with the Law Offices of Brad D. Hall, LLC, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a New Mexico native, with family spread across the state, and has lived in Albuquerque for the last twenty years. New Mexico and its people are the first thing his family taught him to love. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in 2011, and his juris doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2014. Since 2014, he has practiced victim-advocacy and civil rights law under Brad Hall and Lisa Ford, representing victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by clerics, teachers, coaches, corrections officers, and other persons in positions of power over the vulnerable. The proud father of a month-old daughter, Levi has a newly intensified personal stake in the prevention of sexual abuse and the development of avenues to justice for its victims. He believes that sexual abuse can be best prevented by the calm but diligent education of children and the intense scrutiny of institutional power, and hopes that today’s panel can facilitate a discourse that touches on both of those topics.
Heidi Notario, M.A. serves as the Director of Implementation & Social Change at the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza. She has advocated for the rights of immigrant survivors, persons with disabilities and Deaf individuals for more than a decade, working closely at the intersections of disabilities and violence against people of color. Heidi’s interests include a wide variety of issues related to the treatment afforded to immigrant survivors of violence, those with disabilities and Deaf individuals by the criminal justice system, service providers, and society at large. Heidi keeps on the forefront of her anti-oppression work the elimination of barriers that impact survivors with intersecting identities, such as LGBTQ people of color. Heidi views “accessibility” from a human rights framework and is committed to bringing this perspective into her work and personal life. Heidi is originally from Cuba and has resided in the U.S. since 1995. Heidi holds a Masters’ Degree in Sociology from Lehigh University.
Scott Miller has worked for the Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) since 2000. He coordinates Duluth’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence which is currently under a demonstration project funded by the Office on Violence Against Women called the Blueprint for Safety. Serving as both system advocate and coordinator of the men’s nonviolence program, he is instrumental in the evolving work being done in Duluth. Mr. Miller trains nationally and internationally on the components of the Duluth Model of intervention and helps develop new resource materials and curricula for use in communities working to end violence against women. He also co-authored the new DAIP men’s nonviolence curriculum, Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter. Mr. Miller works independently as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials to explain how the tactics of abusers and the associated risks generated by battering are linked to the counterintuitive behaviors of victims. He has testified in family court, state district court and federal/military court. From 2001 to 2015, he was a contract trainer and forensic interviewer for First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center in Duluth. Mr. Miller was responsible for conducting forensically sound interviews of children suspected of being physically or sexually abused as part of a criminal investigation. He also trained nationally on how to conduct interviews with children and work from a multidisciplinary team approach in the investigation of child abuse. He has been working in the women’s movement since 1985.
Shara Moscinska MA, LPCC, is a teacher and psychotherapist in private practice specializing in community mental health and spiritual development. She has been an instructor for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) National Victim Assistance Academy, co-created the OVC Sexual Assault Advocate/Counselor Training and is a former director of the advocacy and outreach department at the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center. Shara has more than 15 years of clinical and administrative experience and has facilitated training throughout the U.S. on crisis intervention, trauma resolution, vicarious trauma, developing resilience, spiritual development, communication, ethics, and self-care. Ms. Moscinska has an MA in counseling from Southwestern College, a BA in liberal arts from St. John’s College, and graduated from the inaugural class of Richard Rohr’s Living School in 2015. She is an adjunct professor at Southwestern College where she teaches the psychology of consciousness and instructs a weekly spinning class to maintain mind/body balance. Life in its essence and the hard, rewarding work of attending to her family are her greatest teachers (and blessings) of all.
As the executive director, Deleana OtherBull leads the strategic direction of CSVANW and supports its dynamic team to meet CSVANW’s highest aspirations for social change through community building and capacity work in the movement to end violence against Native women and children. For over 10 years, Deleana has focused her efforts on tribal and federal program design, development, management, research and evaluation with a specialized focus in Native non-profits. She has worked extensively at the national level with tribal communities across Indian Country and is passionate about strength-based social change work, advocacy and community engagement. In both personal and professional settings, Deleana is known for her passion for families, community, social movements, and inclusive politics. Deleana utilizes a strength-based approach to community work that is creative, accessible, inclusive and collaborative. A graduate of the University of Arizona and the Institute of American Indian Arts, Deleana holds degrees in Psychology, Creative Writing, and English. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at the University of New Mexico. Committed to being involved in the community, Deleana sits on the Board of Directors for the Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR), on an advisory board for NewMexicoWomen.org and on several legislative committees for New Mexico. She was named the 2017 New Mexico Young Professional of the Year and a recipient of the National Center’s Native American 40 under 40 in 2017. In 2016, she was named one of three of Senator Tom Udall’s New Mexico Women of Success.
Keioshiah (Diné) is of the Folded Arms People Clan and born for the Mexican People Clan. She is from Kirtland, New Mexico and is currently a pursuing a master’s in American studies at the University of New Mexico. Her family’s knowledge, curiosity, and concern for her family and respected Native Nation have shaped her into an individual who is willing to apply her skills and knowledge to the betterment of her community. Ms. Peter strives to continue the resistance and de-colonial work in sexual and reproductive justice in the Native Nation and surrounding areas through the Rez Condom Tour and nonprofit partnership with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Young Women United.
Jessica Pinera, LCSW, received her master’s degree in social work at the New Mexico Highlands University with a concentration in bilingual/bicultural clinical practice in 2012. She has dedicated her professional practice working in the domestic violence field primarily with Spanish-speaking children and families in the Albuquerque community. As children’s program coordinator at Enlace Comunitario, Ms. Pinera has served 500 families over the past four years. Her experience and focus are in the treatment of trauma, family violence, and parent-child attachment. She is a certified trainer in Nurtured Heart Approach and has provided training statewide to domestic violence agencies.
Kristin L. Roush, PhD, the “Lighthearted Professor” and distinguished faculty award winner, has taught psychology at Central New Mexico Community College for 23 years. Her graduate degrees are in college student personnel administration, and counseling and educational psychology. Her reputation as a humorist, storyteller, and dispenser of “free therapy” cause her classes to fill in minutes with wait lists every semester. Kris has a passion for supporting college students – encouraging each and every one of them to discover their uniqueness and value. Dr. Roush is an in-demand speaker on a variety of topics, including mindfulness in business, codependency, college teaching excellence, effective business interpersonal skills, mindfulness, and her signature topic, “How to Deal With Anything and Everything in Life in Just Six Steps.” Regardless of the specific topic, her passion is spreading the message about the importance of self-compassion, self-acceptance, and the availability of a lighthearted life. Dr. Roush maintains a self-development blog, www.MovedandShaken.com.
Joshua Safran is an author, attorney, and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic abuse and the wrongfully imprisoned. His seven-year legal odyssey to free an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence from prison was featured in the award-winning documentary film Crime After Crime, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and on the Oprah Winfrey Network. The film won more than 25 awards, including the National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Safran’s critically-acclaimed memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid (Hachette), about his childhood on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius, has been called a “beautiful, powerful memoir… reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly starred review) and “a remarkable account of survival despite the odds” (Kirkus Reviews). Safran was born to a coven of lesbian witches in a Haight-Ashbury commune. He spent his childhood hitchhiking and surviving the elements, along with a violent alcoholic stepfather from El Salvador, before finding his way to law school. Safran’s essays have appeared in Salon, the Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post and his compelling story has been heard around the world on the BBC, PBS, CBS, NPR, PRX, and Authors@Google.
Andrea J. Serrano is a native of Albuquerque and has been involved in activism since 1993. Andrea was formerly a community educator with the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico and a Service Learning coordinator at South Valley Academy. Andrea began working at OLÉ (Organizers in the Land of Enchantment) in 2012 as a community organizer and is now Executive Director. Andrea is also treasurer of the Working Families Party National Committee and serves on various boards and national coalitions. She currently resides in Albuquerque’s South Valley.
Edna Frances Sprague is a New Mexico native who attended University of New Mexico, receiving an undergraduate degree in American and Women’s Studies in 1996. She attended West Virginia University College of Law, in Morgantown, West Virginia, earning her J.D. in 2001. She returned to New Mexico where she was employed as a legal aid lawyer with New Mexico Legal Aid practicing in the areas of housing and domestic relations including domestic violence. In 2005, Ms. Sprague went to work for the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office tasked with implementing a domestic violence prosecution pilot project meant to increase the prosecution rate of domestic violence offenders. Ms. Sprague ended her career with the District Attorney’s office in 2015 as Deputy District Attorney supervising the Felony Domestic Violence Division. Ms. Sprague has handled dozens of jury trials and enjoyed representing the State of New Mexico. Her role as a prosecutor was fulfilling and Ms. Sprague valued being a voice for victims of domestic violence. Ms. Sprague has also extensively trained law enforcement and medical personnel around the state of New Mexico in the area of domestic violence, and specifically on the dangers of strangulation. Ms. Sprague is currently part of a Strangulation Multidisciplinary team after having completed an advanced course on the prevention of strangulation conducted by the Training Institute on the Prevention of Strangulation. In her almost 17 years as a practicing attorney Ms. Sprague has demonstrated her commitment to victims of violent crimes in New Mexico – mainly working with intimate partner victims. The return to New Mexico Legal Aid, as a managing attorney providing extensive assistance to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking victims is a logical next step as Ms. Sprague continues her career commitment to victims of those crimes who need assistance with civil legal services.
Gail Starr, RN, MSCJA, BS, SANE-A, SANE-P, is the clinical coordinator at Albuquerque SANE Collaborative where she has worked since 2007. She has 13 years of nursing experience and is an educator in the areas of gendered violence. She is a member of the statewide task force and is a core trainer for SANEs for NM. She also passionately teaches about strangulation, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence – even to the point of stopping strangers on the street to inform them of the need to discuss these topics in our communities. She strives to ensure the SANE response is inclusive and supportive to all members of the community. Yoga, watching Korean dramas, and running in the mountains make up a large part of her self-care.
Gael B. Strack is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Alliance for HOPE International. Programs of the Alliance include: National Family Justice Center Alliance, Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, Camp HOPE America, Justice Legal Network and VOICES Survivor Network. Prior to launching the Alliance for Hope with Casey Gwinn, Gael served as the Founding Director of the San Diego Family Justice Center from October 2002 through May 2007. In that capacity, she worked closely with 25 on-site agencies (government and non-profit) who came together in 2002 to provide services to victims of domestic violence and their children from one location. The San Diego Family Justice Center was featured on Oprah in January 2003, recognized as a model program by President Bush and was the inspiration for the President’s Family Justice Center Initiative launched in Oct 2003. Gael has also co-authored a series of strangulation articles in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, the National College of District Attorney’s Practical Prosecutor, and the Journal of the California Dental Association. Gael has co-authored five books with Casey Gwinn, JD, on the Family Justice Center movement including a Guide to Co-Located Services in the Middle East and in Mexico. Gael has also co-authored a book with Judi Adams, called “The Big Girls Club – Little Girl Rules for the Big Girl Workplace” which describes the ten rules of friendship that can help women thrive and succeed in the changing workplace.
Amita Swadhin is an educator, storyteller, activist, and consultant, dedicated to fighting interpersonal and institutional violence against young people. Her commitment and approach to this work stem from her experiences as a genderqueer, femme queer woman of color, daughter of immigrants, and years of abuse by her parents, including eight years of rape by her father. She is a frequent speaker at colleges, conferences, and community organizations nationwide, and a consultant with more than fifteen years of experience in nonprofits serving low-income, immigrant and LGBTQ communities of color. She also supports individual survivors as a coach focused on healing and social entrepreneurship via her online course Power, Pleasure, Purpose. Ms. Swadhin has been publicly out as a survivor of child sexual abuse since she interned at the US Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women in 1997. Prior to relocating to Los Angeles, she was the coordinator and a cast member of Secret Survivors, a theater project featuring child sexual abuse survivors telling their stories, which she conceived for Ping Chong @ Co., an award-winning performance company in New York City.
For most of the last decade, Detective Sergeant Threlkeld has focused much of his effort toward advising police, and victim advocates, on domestic violence investigations, and community-based approaches to protection of victims and their children. Det. Sgt. Threlkeld spent seven years as a police officer and adviser in Europe with the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, in the countries of Kosovo, Macedonia, and Armenia. Some notable accomplishments in the Balkans include leading the development of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo Police Domestic Violence program, implementing a police bicycle patrol unit for the University of Pristina in Kosovo, and the first Community Oriented Police Team in Macedonia. Det. Sgt. Threlkeld has lectured and facilitated training on domestic violence in many communities both nationally and internationally. He is a district court recognized subject matter expert on the signs and symptoms of non-fatal strangulation. Det. Sgt. Threlkeld currently supervises the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division, which investigates felony cases ranging from theft to homicide.
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This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-WR-AX-0016 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.