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Guest Host Biographies Archive

OVC Web Forum Guest Host sessions offer an impressive roster of experts discussing best practices for a wide variety of victim issues. You can read about past guest hosts here by clicking on their names.

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Jeannette Adkins
08/31/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Rural Victimization Assistance

Jeannette Adkins is Executive Director of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Prior to her appointment as NOVA’s Executive Director in April 2005, she served for 23 years as Director of the Victim/Witness Division of the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office in Xenia, Ohio. She has a passion for turning the grassroots victim assistance field into a professional one, which she expressed through "An Argument for National Credentialing of Victim Service Providers," an article published in the National Center for Victims of Crime’s Networks magazine in 2001. She has a long history of both paid and volunteer work in the victim advocacy field, as a national training consultant for NOVA and as a Certified Crisis Responder on NOVA’s National Crisis Response Team. She also has provided extensive training to professionals in the area of crime victim issues as an adjunct professor and as both a state and national trainer.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recently appointed Adkins to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. She is also an appointed member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Victim Advisory Board. In addition, she served two terms on the Ohio Governor’s Task Force on the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse, and has served in an advisory capacity on many other boards and groups involving crime victimization and victim services. NOVA published her book The ABC’s of Crime Victim Advocacy: Essential Attributes in 2005, and she recently completed Lily Lightning Bug and the Stolen Glow, a book designed for use with child victims and witnesses. Adkins holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s of education in counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. She is a Credentialed Advocate With Advanced Standing with the National Advocate Credentialing Program, and holds a certificate of Registered Advocate With Senior Standing from the Ohio Advocate Network-both organizations that she helped found. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

Parry Aftab, J.D.
02/28/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Teen Victimization in the Digital Age

Parry Aftab, J.D., is a lawyer and child advocate who specializes in cyberlaw, cyberbullying and cyberharassment, cybercrime, and privacy. She advises nonprofit organizations and national, international, government, and industry policymakers—including the United Nations—on cybersafety, privacy, and risk management. Dr. Aftab is the founder of WiredSafety, a cybersafety charity, and WiredTrust, a risk-management consulting firm. She also created the cyberbullying-prevention Web site StopCyberbullying.org.

As a member of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, operated by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Dr. Aftab helped inform 49 of the 50 state attorneys general about issues relating to verifying a minor’s age online and risks to children on the Internet. She also was appointed to the National Telecommunications Information Agency’s Online Safety Technology Working Group, created by Congress to advise the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress on cybersafety issues. A member of the MTV Advisory Board, Dr. Aftab was instrumental in developing MTV’s A Thin Line campaign. She helped developed the LMK (Let Me Know) initiative for the Girl Scouts of the USA to teach girls about cybersafety, cyberbullying, privacy, and responsible use of digital technologies. She also created the digital dating safety components of Liz Claiborne’s "Love is Not Abuse" curriculum and campaign.

Dr Aftab serves on Facebook’s Cybersafety Advisory Board and the Xbox Advisory Board. She also served on the Ad Council Advisory Board for 6 years. Previously, she chaired McAfee’s Consumer Advisory Board and was a member of TRUSTe’s board of directors.

Dr. Aftab wrote the first book on Internet safety, A Parent’s Guide to the Internet. She has been featured in Biography Magazine, and in Chris Hansen’s book, To Catch a Predator. She received her juris doctor degree from the New York University School of Law. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Patricia Agatston
03/18/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Services to Victims of Bullying

Patricia Agatston, Ph.D., is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the Cobb County School District’s Prevention/Intervention Center, and a founding board member of SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, both located in Marietta, Georgia. As a counselor and prevention specialist with more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Agatston provides training and technical assistance to schools to help them prevent bullying, drug use, and suicide, and teaches Internet safety. She is a nationally certified trainer and technical assistance consultant for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, designed to reduce and prevent bullying problems and improve peer relations among children, and was a participant in the Center for Disease Control’s Expert Panel on Electronic Media and Youth Violence.

Dr. Agatston is the coauthor of Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age and Cyber Bullying Curriculum for Middle and High School Students. She has been quoted in articles on cyber bullying in Time Magazine and Good Housekeeping, and has appeared on local and national radio and television to discuss cyber bullying. A two-time recipient of the Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention’s VIP award, she has presented on cyber bullying at both the National and International Bullying Prevention Conferences. Dr. Agatston received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, her master’s from the University of North Texas, and her doctorate from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jessica Alas
08/27/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Victim Legal Assistance Networks: Conducting a Needs Assessment and Planning for Implementation

Jessica Alas has been an attorney with Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, Texas, since 2009, and is currently the Managing Attorney for the Crime Victims Unit. She also serves as the Project Director for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network, which is demonstration project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime. The project’s goal is to create a collaborative network of legal service providers who will provide free, wraparound, holistic legal services to crime victims. Prior to joining Lone Star Legal Aid, Ms. Alas was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Montgomery County Women’s Center in Conroe, Texas, where she worked to improve access to the civil court system for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault through an assisted pro se program focused on family law issues. Ms. Alas received a juris doctorate from the College of Law at Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Dr. Jay Albanese
09/10/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Jay Albanese, Ph.D., is a professor at the Wilder School of Government & Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has previously served as Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Executive Director of the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime, and President of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Dr. Albanese is the author of numerous articles including the NIJ Special Report: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: What Do We Know and What Do We Do About It?, and seven books including Organized Crime in Our Times and Professional Ethics in Criminal Justice: Being Ethical When No One is Looking. Dr. Albanese is a recipient of the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award from Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Diane Alexander
08/18/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Survivors of Homicide Victims During Cold Case Investigations

Diane Alexander has more than 29 years of experience in the criminal justice and crime victim assistance fields. As a Senior Advisor of Justice Solutions, Ms. Alexander has collaborated on several projects, including the Oral History of the Victims Movement, the National Crime Victim and Public Awareness Strategy Development Conference, and the National Public Awareness and Education Campaign. She also played a key role in the production of past National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) Resource Guides.

Ms. Alexander began her career as a corrections and probation officer and later joined the staff of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), where she assisted crime victims and coordinated technical assistance requests and regional and national conferences. From 1991 to 2002, Ms. Alexander was on staff at the National Center for Victims of Crime, where she organized and conducted numerous training events; collaborated on the development of public awareness materials for NCVRW; and managed requests from the media. She also directed the OVC-sponsored HIV/AIDS and Victim Services project, which resulted in a training program for educating victim service professionals on HIV/AIDS and its impact on crime victims.

Ms. Alexander is a founding member and past Governing Board Treasurer and President of the Capital Area Crisis Response Team (CACRT), where she coordinated the team’s local response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, helped manage NOVA’s response to Hurricane Katrina, and served on NOVA’s War Trauma Team to Tuzla, Bosnia. During her career, Ms. Alexander also has collaborated on national events for the National Crime Prevention Council, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law, and the National AIDS Network.

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Curtis Allen
04/27/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Using Therapy Dogs to Respond to Child Victims

Curtis Allen is a Detective with the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office in Utah and a member of the Tooele County Children’s Justice Center (CJC) multidisciplinary team. For the past 3 years, Detective Allen has also managed CJC’s Healing Paws Program, which provides canine companions to comfort children who are victims of abuse before, during, and after they participate in justice-related interviews. Healing Paws is the only program of its kind that trains dogs to accompany children into interviews without their handlers present. Detective Allen created the standards by which dogs are evaluated and tested before they are accepted into the program. He also volunteers his time so that he and his dog Bruno can be present when children are interviewed. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Nancy Alterio
09/27/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

Nancy Alterio is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC). She also is a founding member and cochair of the steering committee of the Building Partnerships for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities Initiative (BPI). In conjunction with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Ms. Alterio and other members of BPI wrote Crimes Against Persons with Disabilities; A Practical Guide to the Reporting, Investigation and Prosecution of Crime Against Persons With Disabilities. Additionally, Ms. Alterio serves on the steering committee of IMPACT-Ability, an organization whose mission is to empower people with disabilities and communities to prevent abuse.

Prior to her appointment to DPPC in May 1999, Ms. Alterio spent more than 15 years in the private, not-for-profit sector assisting persons with disabilities in meeting their vocational, medical, financial, social, and housing needs. She has helped draft, file, and pass legislation to provide greater protections for persons with disabilities who are victims of crime. She also has helped develop training videos and curricula, including the Office for Victims of Crime-funded Awareness and Action training on Recognizing, Reporting and Responding to Abuse. Ms. Alterio is a past president of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and currently serves on NAPSA’s National Adult Protective Services Resource Center Advisory Committee. She has presented locally, statewide, and nationally on matters relating to adult protective services.

Ms. Alterio has received many awards and honors, including the Innovations award from the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, and an award from Massachusetts Advocates Standing Strong, a self-advocacy organization founded by people with intellectual disabilities.

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Mary Atlas-Terry
01/29/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan

Mary Atlas-Terry is a Victim Justice Program Specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). She develops grant programs and monitors cooperative agreements for projects including, but not limited to, direct services for victims of human trafficking. Ms. Atlas-Terry became involved in the crime victims field after the murder of her husband in 1993. Prior to joining OVC in 2003, she served as the director of Families of Murder Victims, a nonprofit victim service program, housed within the Homicide Division of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Atlas-Terry has a master’s degree in social work.

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Joshua Bailes, Esq.
03/26/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Helping Victims of Financial Fraud

Joshua Bailes, Esq., is the Program Manager and Referral Specialist for the National Center for Victims of Crime and the National Crime Victim Bar Association. Mr. Bailes directed the development of Taking Action: An Advocate’s Guide to Assisting Victims of Financial Fraud, which provides resources and step-by-step instructions for advocates working with victims of financial fraud. He has worked with victims of a variety of crimes and has presented publically on issues related to financial fraud and victim recovery. Mr. Bailes is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Tracy Bahm
01/27/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Sexual Assault and Stalking

In June of 2002, Tracy Bahm joined the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) as Director of the Stalking Resource Center to help raise national awareness about stalking and to encourage the development and implementation of multidisciplinary responses to stalking in local communities across the country. Since joining NCVC, she has trained thousands of practitioners on all aspects of stalking, including the technology used to stalk and stalking and sexual assault. She serves on the advisory boards of numerous national and international organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Sheriffs’ Association. Ms. Bahm has written numerous articles on stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault over the years and is a national authority on stalking who is often quoted in the media.

Ms. Bahm was a Senior Attorney in the Violence Against Women Program at the American Prosecutors Research Institute where she served as a faculty member and lecturer at numerous domestic violence and sexual assault programs. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Kansas and her juris doctorate from the University of Houston.

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Ginger Bankston Bailey
09/04/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Preparing and Assessing Strategically for Community Crisis

Virginia "Ginger" Bankston Bailey is the Director of Community Outreach and Training at Methodist Behavioral Hospital/Methodist Family Health in Arkansas. Her responsibilities include planning exercises and drills; training personnel in incident command, emotional first aid, and grief, trauma, and crisis response; and serving as the designated hospital bioterrorism coordinator and representative to the Metropolitan Hospital Emergency Management Council. Ms. Bailey has 21 years of management experience and skill in working with hospitals, crime victims, nonprofit disaster relief organizations, and federal, state, and local governments. She is the volunteer executive director of the Arkansas Crisis Response Team, where she manages and trains 225 volunteers and coordinates the team’s deployment. Ms. Bailey also works as an independent consultant for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Institute of Justice, and Office for Victims of Crime, providing training and technical assistance in the areas of crime victims, gang violence, sexual assault, psychological first aid. Ms. Bailey received a bachelor of sciences degree in criminal justice from Park University in Parkville, Missouri, and a master’s degree in business from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Dianne Barker-Harrold
11/10/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Advocating for Victims’ Rights in Tribal Courts

07/12/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Identity Theft in Indian Country

Dianne Barker-Harrold is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma who has practiced law for the past 23 years, many of them in Indian Country. She is an independent consultant and the Tribal Victim Assistance Project Director for Unified Solutions Tribal Community Development Group, Inc., of Tempe, Arizona, through which she provides training and technical assistance to U.S. Department of Justice grantees under the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Tribal Victim Assistance Programs. Ms. Barker-Harrold served as a tribal judge for 13 Indian tribes in Oklahoma and as the elected District Attorney for 4 counties in Oklahoma. She also served as a defense attorney in the first jury trial ever held in the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Ms. Barker-Harrold is Associate Tribal Judge for the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and Special Advisor to the Chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokees in Oklahoma.

Ms. Barker-Harrold is a frequent speaker throughout the country, training tribal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and other members of the victim services field. She has served on the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Task Force and facilitated two historic tribal task forces for the Office on Violence Against Women and the American Indian Resource Center’s Institute for Native Justice. Ms. Barker-Harrold is licensed to practice in numerous tribal courts and U.S. District Courts and is a licensed member of the Oklahoma Bar Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and psychology with a minor in criminal justice and humanities. She obtained her juris doctor at the University of Tulsa, College of Law. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jamie Barnett
05/09/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing the Needs of Victims on Cruise Ships

Jamie Barnett is the President of International Cruise Victims, an organization formed by victims of cruise ship crime to provide support to other victims and to advocate for legislative reform to protect passengers and increase the rights of victims. In October 2005, Ms. Barnett’s daughter Ashley died while on a cruise from California to Mexico. Since her daughter’s death, Ms. Barnett has been a staunch advocate for change in the cruise industry and has worked diligently to increase public awareness. She has appeared on 48 Hours Mystery, Hannity and Colmes, The CBS Early Show, and many other news shows. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Eugenia (Jennie) Barr, Ph.D.
12/16/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Crime Victims With Mental Illness

Eugenia Barr, Ph.D., is the Director of Sexual Assault Prevention and Crisis Services (SAPCS), a program of the Crime Victim Services Division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General. The SAPCS program includes the Sexual Assault Response Team and sexual assault nurse examiner programs, as well as the Primary Prevention Program. Dr. Barr also provides mental health support for the Crime Victim Services Division and for other criminal investigative divisions that work with cases involving crimes against children, fugitive sex offenders, and the death penalty. In addition, she consults and assists on division projects, such as the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force, and with the Sexual Assault Advisory Council.

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Raina Bayas
08/27/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Victim Legal Assistance Networks: Conducting a Needs Assessment and Planning for Implementation

Raina Bayas is the Legal Director and former project director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Bayas previously served as the project director for the Wraparound Victim Legal Assistance Network, which is a demonstration project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime. Ms. Bayas received a bachelor of sciences degree in corporation communications from the University of Texas at Austin and a juris doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jeannie Beidler
12/04/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Intersections Between Elder Financial Exploitation and Other Types of Elder Abuse

In July 2010, Jeannie Beidler became aware that a family member was abusing, neglecting, and exploiting her grandparents, and she resigned from her position as a Treatment Foster Care Social Worker to intervene and advocate on their behalf. She was subsequently appointed legal guardian and conservator for both grandparents and worked closely with the Attorney for the Commonwealth of Virginia to successfully prosecute the abuser. Since then, Ms. Beidler has remained active in elder advocacy efforts. She has shared her experience on numerous occasions, including at the 17th Annual Virginia Coalition for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Conference, the Domestic and Sexual Violence Law Enforcement Conference, and the 23rd Annual Virginia Geriatrics Society Conference. Ms. Beidler’s writing has been featured in Aging in Action, Generations, and Forbes, and on PBS’s Next Avenue and the Cornell Medical College Web site. Ms. Beidler also has been interviewed for stories with NPR News Radio and NBC 29. She is currently an "Elder Advocate" with Stapleton Elder Law in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ms. Beidler received a degree in social work from George Mason University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Angela Moreland Begle, Ph.D.
03/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Transforming Victim Services in the 21st Century

Angela Begle, Ph.D., is on the faculty of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, which provides mental health services to victims and their families who have experienced psychological trauma. She also is a Project Director for the Vision 21 Initiative, a collaborative effort with the Office for Victims of Crime to address the crime victim services field in order to expand the field’s vision and impact. As a National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored postdoctoral research fellow for the Child and Adult Trauma Victims: A Training Program grant, Dr. Begle was involved in several research projects investigating the prevention of physical abuse of preschool-age children and the relationships between victimization and high-risk behaviors in adolescents. She has coauthored, edited, and contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, research presentations, and other publications. Dr. Begle earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, her master’s degree in psychology, and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Purdue University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Doug Beloof
04/27/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Rights of Sexual Assault Victims

Professor Doug Beloof is a prolific author, an active litigator, a learned scholar, a keen public policy consultant, and a social visionary. Recognizing the need for a national organization to protect, advance, and enforce the legal rights of crime victims in the criminal justice system, he created the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) in 2000. NCVLI is a nonprofit agency located at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, and provides technical assistance and training to attorneys who provide direct legal services to victims, including the annual Crime Victim Law and Litigation Conference. Regularly consulted by attorneys litigating victims’ sexual assault issues, Prof. Beloof has a wide variety of experience in this area, which includes prosecuting criminals in the sexual assault unit of the county encompassing Portland; establishing child multidisciplinary teams; working on antiviolence against women legislation; litigating cases in state supreme courts concerning rape, including the definition of rape and confidentiality issues; and authoring a law review article advocating for rape victim standing to enforce rape shield laws in trial and appellate courts. He also teaches rape law in his criminal law course and procedures related to rape in his own course, Victims in Criminal Procedure. Prof. Beloof authored the accompanying text for this course, which shares the same name. Victims in Criminal Procedure continues to be the only legal textbook on crime victims’ rights.

Before creating NCVLI, Prof. Beloof was a violent crime prosecutor in Portland and then later became the director of the Multnomah County Victim Assistance Program. Prof. Beloof’s other work in victim law includes researching and analyzing developments, assisting victims and other members of the public by providing information on crime victim laws, and filing amicus briefs advocating for victims in court. He has received recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Organization for Victim Assistance. A sought-after authority, Prof. Beloof has testified before the U.S. House and Senate Judiciary Committees and has been cited by the Senate Judiciary Committee as a leading expert on victim laws. This year, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales honored Prof. Beloof with a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Award for professional innovation in victim services. His dedication to furthering the rights of crime victims leads him to cross divides, finding allies and partners in diverse movements and communities.

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Jeffrey Bergman
11/18/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Working with Victims of Gang Violence

Jeffrey Bergman is a Detective with the Gang Unit of the Youth Services Division of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) specializing in Asian gangs and Asian-related street crimes, and a Co-regional Director for the Virginia Gang Investigators Association. Detective Bergman joined the FCPD as a Police Officer in 1991, and in 2002, after serving as the gang coordinator for the Fair Oaks District of Fairfax County, he became a Detective with the Gang Unit. Detective Bergman is certified as a general instructor, as well as a firearms instructor, by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justices Services. In addition to investigating ongoing gang cases, he takes time to regularly teach new recruits and present to in-service classes at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. He has also taught at the Virginia State Police Academy’s Gang School in Richmond, and the Northern Virginia Police Academy. Detective Bergman has presented to a wide range of audiences, including school children, citizen groups, medical examiners from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, and attendees of the INOVA Nurses Critical Care Conference. He also teaches participants in the Trauma Nurse Fellowship Program at Fairfax Hospital.

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Lucy Berliner
05/24/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Lucy Berliner is the Director of the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, an organization that helps people affected by sexual assault and other traumatic events. The center focuses mainly on providing education and consultation for health, mental health, and legal professionals; conducting research and evaluation; and promoting prevention. Ms. Berliner is also a Clinical Associate Professor at the School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, both at the University of Washington. Her activities include clinical practice with child and adult victims of trauma and crime; research on the impact of trauma and the effectiveness of clinical and societal interventions; and participation in local and national social policy initiatives to promote the interests of trauma and crime victims.

Ms. Berliner is on the editorial boards of leading journals concerned with interpersonal violence, has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and serves on local and national boards of organizations, programs, and professional societies. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Miriam Berkman
10/26/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Helping Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Miriam Berkman, J.D., M.S.W., is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Social Work at the Yale University Child Study Center and is coordinator of the Child Development-Community Policing (CD-CP) Program’s Domestic Violence Intervention Project. The CD-CP Program is a model collaborative effort by the Child Study Center, the New Haven Department of Police Service, and other community partners to intervene on behalf of children and families exposed to violence and trauma. Through the CD-CP Program, Ms. Berkman is involved in providing consultation and training to New Haven police officers and others regarding children’s experience with violence and effective collaborative approaches to intervention, with a particular focus on domestic violence. She is also involved in providing direct clinical services to children and families in the New Haven community who have been affected by traumatic violence. As a member of the faculty of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at the Yale Child Study Center, Ms. Berkman provides consultation and training to professional groups and community collaborations across the country regarding the impact of domestic violence on children and interventions to reduce the potential consequences of these experiences. Ms. Berkman received her law degree from Yale University Law School and her degree in social work from the Smith College School for Social Work. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Rupaleem Bhuyan
09/21/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Victim Assistance for Undocumented/Temporary Immigrants

Rupaleem Bhuyan, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bhuyan has been working to end violence since 1991, serving as a peer-rape prevention educator, domestic violence and sexual assault advocate, community educator, and now university-based researcher. She has an interdisciplinary background in international studies, cultural anthropology, and social welfare; and has worked closely with indigenous, immigrant, and refugee communities. Dr. Bhuyan’s research addresses the sociocultural and political context of domestic violence, migration, citizenship, and social rights. Her current research explores how political pressure to deny immigrants access to public benefits affects their response to domestic violence and related health issues. Dr. Bhuyan has authored and contributed to numerous publications, including The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, and The Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. She also has authored chapters in Domestic Violence: Intersectionality and Culturally Competent Practice and Body Evidence: Intimate Violence Against South Asian Women in America.

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Elsie Boudreau, LMSW
03/21/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Survivors of Clergy Abuse

Elsie Boudreau is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Yup’ik Eskimo from the village of St. Mary’s, Alaska. She began working for the Alaska Native Justice Center in 2010 to establish and operate the Alaska Native Unit within Alaska CARES, a Child Advocacy Center. Ms. Boudreau provides advocacy services and therapy for Alaska Native and American Indian families whose children have been severely physically or sexually abused, and conducts forensic interviews of children.

As a prior Children’s Justice Act Project Coordinator for the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, Ms. Boudreau helped develop an educational video highlighting child sexual abuse in Alaska, in which she incorporated the wisdom of the tribal elders and identified methods of healing that can be applied to such traumatic experiences. She also has worked as a victim advocate for various law firms, providing support to approximately 300 victims of clergy child sexual abuse in Alaska, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana.

Ms. Boudreau has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Alaska–Anchorage.

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Duane T. Bowers
05/19/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Families of Missing or Unidentified Persons

05/27/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Family Members of Missing Children

Duane T. Bowers, LPC, is a therapist, educator, and author of Guiding Your Family Through Loss and Grief and A Child Is Missing: Providing Support for Families of Missing Children. He is a training consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, where he provides support to families of abducted, missing, exploited, and murdered children. The Center also deploys him as a member of Team Adam to provide crisis intervention at Amber Alert sites. Mr. Bowers also is a consultant and trainer for Team HOPE, a support network for parents of missing children.

As a therapist in private practice, Mr. Bowers specializes in working with survivors of traumatic death and suicide. As an educator, he teaches seminars on dying, death, and grief; posttraumatic stress disorder; and traumatic loss. He also provides clinical supervision and training to staff and volunteers of various organizations that deal with trauma and loss, and works with active duty military personnel and their families through Military OneSource. Most recently, Mr. Bowers served as the mental health team leader for the University of Miami field hospital for earthquake victims in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Mr. Bowers previously served as the Director of Training and Education for the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, Senior Director of Emergency and International Services for the National Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross, and as an adjunct professor of counseling at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. He has lectured to classes at the University of Maryland, Howard University, the University of the District of Columbia, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and Gallaudet University. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Bonnie Brandl
06/18/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Domestic Abuse in Later Life

Bonnie Brandl, M.S.W., is Director of the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL). Established in 1999 by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, NCALL’s mission is to eliminate abuse in later life by challenging beliefs, policies, practices, and systems that tolerate and perpetuate abuse, and to improve safety, services, and support for victims through advocacy and education. In her role as Director, Ms. Brandl serves as a liaison for national elder abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and aging networks; and oversees and provides national technical assistance, training, program development, and support.

Ms. Brandl has worked with battered women and their children for more than 20 years, and has presented lectures on these topics at numerous national, regional, statewide, and local conferences. She has written several articles, manuals, and curricula on elder and domestic abuse in later life, including “Assessing for Abuse in Later Life” and Elder Abuse Detection and Intervention: A Collaborative Approach. She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Laurel Broten
02/28/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Teen Victimization in the Digital Age

Laurel C. Broten is a public policy expert, lawyer, and crime victims advocate. She also is President and CEO of Broten Public Policy International, Inc., which provides strategic advice on complex public policy challenges around the world. From 2003 to 2013, Ms. Broten served in a number of senior roles in the Government of Ontario. As Minister of Education, she developed and implemented a comprehensive anti-bullying strategy, which mandates that school principals respond to online bullying of students. As Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, she developed Ontario’s Sexual Violence Action Plan and tackled the issue of human trafficking and online predation. Previously, Ms. Broten chaired the board of The Gatehouse, a child abuse advocacy center that uses technology to support victims through their testimony. She also authored Ontario’s Child Pornography Reporting Act, which requires all Ontarians to report online images of child sexual exploitation or other suspected child abuse.

Ms. Broten has been a life-long advocate for women and children, particularly those who have been victims of crime. Recently, she served on the President’s Council of St. Mary’s University, where she helped develop a framework for responding to sexual violence on campus and examined the impact of youth culture and sexual violence. Ms. Broten received a bachelor of science degree and a bachelor of arts degree from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and a juris doctorate from the University of Western Ontario. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Vivian Brown, Ph.D.
08/29/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing Trauma-Informed Care in Victim Services Settings

Vivian Brown, Ph.D., is the founder and former CEO of Prototypes, a California-based nonprofit agency that serves women, children, and communities affected by substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence. She has 40 years of experience in developing innovative, trauma-informed and trauma-specific mental health, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS services, and in developing services when these disorders co-occur. Dr. Brown currently provides consultation to a number of organizations throughout the country, including state and local agencies, on integrating mental health, substance abuse, health, and trauma services. She recently developed a number of trauma-informed practice materials for Santa Clara County and for the Institute for Collaborative Response at San Jose State University.

Dr. Brown has been a member of numerous federal, state, and local advisory committees, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Advisory Council and Women’s Advisory Committee. She also has conducted outcome studies, including the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Violence Study, and has authored numerous publications. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Jean Bruggeman
03/06/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Meeting the Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

Jean Bruggeman currently serves as a Human Trafficking Fellow with the Office for Victims of Crime within the US Department of Justice. She supports OVC’s efforts to improve and expand access to legal and social services for crime victims, provides training and technical assistance to service providers and government agencies nationwide, and supports OVC’s intergovernmental efforts to improve services for victims of human trafficking.

Jean has 15 years of victim services experience and expertise in nonprofit management, language access, immigration, human trafficking and domestic violence. She has developed comprehensive legal and social services programs for survivors, provided direct legal representation to survivors, authored training resources, developed an interpreter service to ensure access to legal services in the District of Columbia, and served as the Interim Executive Director of a nonprofit in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Bryn Mawr College, and is a member of the DC and Maryland (inactive) bar associations. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Roe Bubar, J.D.
11/19/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Forensic Interviewing in Tribal Communities

11/19/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Violence Victims in Native American Communities

Roe Bubar, J.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the School of Social Work at Colorado State University. She teaches courses on federal Indian law and policy; indigenous women, children, and tribes; Native American cultural expressions; indigenous film and video; and gender, violence, and indigenous peoples. She also serves as Chair of the Women’s Studies Board and as Affiliate Faculty in Women’s Studies. Ms. Bubar has more than 20 years of experience in the victim services field. She provides forensic supervision in child sexual abuse cases in Larimer County, Colorado, and consults with tribal, state, and federal agencies and with nongovernmental organizations in tribal communities on a variety of research issues, including child sexual abuse and related projects. Her current research addresses intersectionality and sexual violence; health disparities; child maltreatment, including drug-endangered children in tribal communities; and Native youth and STD/STI messaging.

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Sarah M. Buel
10/27/2004 online discussion host
Topic: Domestic Violence

Sarah Buel has spent the past 26 years working with battered women, abused children, and juveniles within the legal system. Currently, Ms. Buel is a Clinical Professor at the University of Texas School of Law, having started then co-directed their Domestic Violence Clinic. Ms. Buel is co-founder of the University of Texas Voices Against Violence program that has developed a system of comprehensive, coordinated services for victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Professor Buel has served as Special Counsel for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, providing training, technical, and case assistance to prosecutors throughout Texas. For six years she was a prosecutor, most of that time with the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office in Quincy, Massachusetts, helping to establish their award-winning domestic violence and juvenile programs. Previously, Ms. Buel served as a victim advocate, state policy coordinator, and legal aid paralegal.

As a domestic violence survivor, Ms. Buel has been committed to improving the court and community response to abuse victims. She was a welfare mother for a short time before spending 7 years working full time in the day and going to school at night to obtain her undergraduate degree in 1987. She graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1990, where she founded the Harvard Battered Women’s Advocacy Project, the Harvard Women in Prison Project, and the Harvard Children and Family Rights Project.

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Cherise Fanno Burdeen
02/06/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Pretrial Process Considerations for Crime Victims

Cherise Fanno Burdeen is the Chief Operating Officer for the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring informed pretrial decisionmaking for safe communities. Since joining PJI in 2006, Ms. Burdeen has developed innovative strategies to raise awareness of pretrial justice issues, worked with a broad constituency of criminal justice stakeholder groups, provided technical assistance and training on policy reforms, and engaged in communications and media efforts. Ms. Burdeen is also the Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for Justice Planning, a subsidiary of PJI that provides planning support to jurisdictions engaged in criminal justice system reform.

Ms. Burdeen has extensive experience with strategic planning, initiative management, and communications efforts across the criminal justice system. She previously worked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and in the research office of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Burdeen earned her master’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Florrie Burke
01/28/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Victims of Labor Trafficking

03/16/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Human Trafficking

Florrie Burke, M.Ed., M.A., L.M.F.T., is a cochair of the Freedom Network (USA), a national network of service providers, attorneys, and other advocates who work with trafficked and enslaved persons and provide regional trainings throughout the country. In addition, Ms. Burke is a founding member and the coordinator of the Freedom Network Training Institute. She is a consultant on modern day slavery—providing training, consultation, and presentation services to individuals and organizations in the United States and abroad. Ms. Burke recently served as the Senior Director of International Programs at Safe Horizon in New York, where she oversaw the antitrafficking program and the Solace Program for Survivors of Torture and Refugee Trauma. She is part of three working groups that develop materials for first responders and others who may encounter incidents of human trafficking, and she has served as an expert witness on several human trafficking cases.

Ms. Burke has been working with trafficked persons since 1997 when she created specialized social services for 60 Mexicans who were deaf, and who were slaves in a peddling ring in New York. She also designed and implemented a model for community trauma response following the attacks on September 11, 2001. In 2007, Ms. Burke received the National Crime Victim Service Award from the Office for Victims of Crime, and was honored by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. She has also received the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award from the Freedom Network (USA). View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Russell Butler
10/13/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Providing Pro Bono Services to Financial Abuse Victims

Russell Butler is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, Inc. Mr. Butler has been an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore Law School since 2005, where he teaches students about the rights of crime victims. In 2007, he also taught a graduate course in criminal justice regarding victims of crime at the University of Baltimore. A member of the Victim Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission today, Mr. Butler also served as the chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Section on Criminal Law and Practice from 2004 to 2005, and as cochair of the Victim Committee of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section from 2006 to 2010. He also has served on a number of other Maryland criminal justice advisory committees, including the State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy and the Article 27 Revision Committee. Mr. Butler previously served as a lobbyist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Stephanie Roper Committee, Inc., and as the legal counsel for the Stephanie Roper Foundation, Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland–College Park and the University of Baltimore Law School.

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Laurie V. Caldwell
05/23/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Cases With Missing or Unidentified Victims

Laurie V. Caldwell, MSW, is a Senior Agent with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and Director of the Nathan M. Wolfe Law Enforcement Cadet Academy. She joined SLED in 1986 and was assigned to the Missing Person Information Center, then transferred to criminal investigations in the Midlands Region in 1992. When asked by law enforcement or the Department of Social Services, Agent Caldwell conducts forensic interviews of children. Since 1986, her work has been devoted to the safety and recovery of abused children, and to educating others in this field. She has provided training to law enforcement, social services, and school personnel throughout South Carolina. She also has been a guest instructor at the North Carolina Justice Academy; the Metropolitan Police Institute in Miami, Florida; and the Royal Bahamas Police Department.

Agent Caldwell has pursued advanced educational opportunities for herself as well—at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. She has received specialized training in the areas of physical and sexual abuse and has investigated these cases statewide. Agent Caldwell holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and a master’s degree in social work, all from the University of South Carolina. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Olegario Cantos VII
02/21/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities

Blind since birth, Olegario “Ollie” Cantos VII is Associate Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council in the Executive Office of the President. The highest placed person with a disability in the Federal Government today, one of his chief responsibilities involves coordinating the formation and implementation of national policy across federal agencies regarding people with disabilities. Working on numerous fronts to advance disability rights enforcement, Mr. Cantos has served on several committees such as the Attorney General’s Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities. In this and other prominent roles, he fostered closer ties between the U.S. Department of Justice and disability rights leaders. Mr. Cantos was the first and only person ever to serve as General Counsel and Director of Programs for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Prior to joining AAPD in June 2002, he was a Staff Attorney and Director of Outreach and Education at the Disability Rights Legal Center (formerly the Western Law Center for Disability Rights) in Los Angeles.

Mr. Cantos has written several articles and other publications and given presentations nationwide to disability rights activists, civil rights leaders, attorneys and other legal professionals, government officials, and more. Among other publications, he wrote a California primer for crime victims with disabilities and their families and a widely circulated lead article for the National Center for Victims of Crime entitled “We Can Do Better: Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities.” He has received numerous awards for his work in the disability field, such as the Robert Stack Award from the Blind Children’s Center and the Paul G. Hearne National Leadership Award from AAPD. Mr. Cantos has also worked with national leaders of disability rights organizations and high-ranking officials from the White House and various federal departments to provide a consumer’s perspective on policies that affect the disability community. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Andrea Cardona
04/27/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Using Therapy Dogs to Respond to Child Victims

Andrea Cardona is a survivor of sexual assault and the founder of FLA Four Legged Advocates, Inc., a nonprofit organization in Polk County, Florida, that provides volunteer advocates and service dogs to assist child victims of sexual assault. Following a sexual assault at age 17, Ms. Cardona navigated her way through the criminal justice system alone and without any knowledge of crime victims’ rights—an experience that motivated her to became a sexual assault counselor for children and teens. In her work, she found that young victims often experience a loss of trust and comfort. In the aftermath of her own victimization, Ms. Cardona found great comfort in the companionship of her dog, so she began taking her service dog with her when she accompanied victims to and from counseling sessions and trials. She discovered that the dog’s presence made the young people feel more comfortable, helped them to trust her, and helped them see themselves as survivors rather than victims, all of which made them more willing to participate in the criminal justice process.

Ms. Cardona’s counseling methods have been replicated throughout the country with victims of all ages and of varying crimes. Her program has received national attention, most notably from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who declared July 12, 2006, as "FLA Four Legged Advocates, Inc., Day" in Polk County. In 2008, Ms. Cardona received the National Crime Victim Service Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services. Her canine partner, Squiggly, also was honored that year with the Pet Hero Award from the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. In 2010, Ms. Cardona received the University of Central Florida’s Alumni Community Service Award for her work with child victims of sexual assault. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Alison Cares, Ph.D.
10/30/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Integrating Crime Victims’ Issues into College and University Curricula

Alison Cares, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she teaches courses on crime victimization, criminology, research methods, and sociology. Since 2009, Dr. Cares has worked with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts–Lowell (UML) on the Office for Victims of Crime-funded National Scope Demonstration Project to Integrate Crime Victims’ Issues into University and College Curricula. She also has worked with colleagues at UML and the University of New Hampshire on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded evaluation of two on-campus sexual violence prevention programs. In addition, Dr. Cares was recently awarded a grant by the National Institute of Justice to explore the consequences of repeat and multiple victimizations.

Dr. Cares has more than 15 years’ experience working with and researching victim issues. Her research focuses on the consequences of victimization, evaluation of criminal justice policies and programs, and efforts to prevent violence against women. Dr. Cares’ work has been published in journals such as Violence Against Women, Violence and Victims, and Psychology of Violence, and in other publications for practitioners, including The Sexual Assault Report and The Resource (the newsletter of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center). Dr. Cares started her career in community outreach at the Center for Community Solutions, which serves victims of sexual assault and relationship violence in San Diego, California. She received her doctor of philosophy degree in sociology from Pennsylvania State University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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S. Daniel Carter
09/24/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Sexual Violence on Campus

07/27/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Campus Victimization and Assistance Services

S. Daniel Carter is the Senior Vice President of Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC), a national nonprofit organization exclusively devoted to assisting victims of violence on college campuses and improving campus security. Founded by Connie and Howard Clery in 1987, SOC has been the driving force behind the Clery Act and more than 30 other state and federal laws addressing campus crime reporting and victims’ rights. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Mr. Carter has extensive experience as a victims’ rights advocate and serves as an instructor for the Jeanne Clery Act Training Program, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime.

Mr. Carter has been working on improving victims’ rights and campus safety for almost 20 years. He helped develop every amendment to the Clery Act since 1992, including the Campus Sexual Assault Victims Bill of Rights, and served on the U.S. Department of Education’s “Negotiated Rulemaking” panel, which helped develop the Clery Act regulations in 1999. Mr. Carter received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Nancy Chandler
05/25/2005 online discussion host
Topic: Child Victims

Since April 1994, Nancy Chandler has served as the Executive Director of the National Children’s Alliance (NCA)—a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 500 Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the United States. NCA provides training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to communities seeking to plan, establish, and improve Children’s Advocacy Centers. As Executive Director, Ms. Chandler’s responsibilities include overall leadership and management of NCA’s finances, resource development, training, program development, communications, membership services, and supervision of staff. Since becoming Executive Director, Ms. Chandler has spoken at more than 300 conferences and workshops throughout the country. She is on the National Advisory Committee for Darkness to Light—a primary prevention program aimed at reducing the incidence and consequence of child sexual abuse—and is a Warden of the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C.

Before moving to Washington, Ms. Chandler served as the Executive Director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, where she was instrumental in formulating plans for the operations of the center, coordinating the work of the multidisciplinary team, fundraising, and collaborating on the renovation of the center. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers, which named her Tennessee Social Worker of the Year in 1994. Ms. Chandler was also a member of Leadership Memphis and a founding board member of the National Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Georgia.

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Katherine Chon
01/29/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Implications of Human Trafficking Federal Strategic Action Plan

Katherine Chon is the Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She advises the Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families on strategies, policies, and partnerships to prevent human trafficking and equip victims with the resources they need to escape exploitation and rebuild their lives. Ms. Chon has worked for more than a decade to establish effective housing and victim service programs, analyze trends in human trafficking to inform public policy, and steer strategic partnerships to strengthen community-based responses. She is the cofounder of the Polaris Project, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization combating modern-day slavery. Ms. Chon received a bachelor of sciences degree from Brown University and a master of public administration degree from Harvard Kennedy School. She completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Mitru Ciarlante
09/17/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Integrating Research Results Into Victim Services

02/28/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Reaching Young Men of Color Exposed to Violence

02/18/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Safety Planning for Teen Victims of Dating Violence

02/27/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to Teen Victims of Dating Violence

Mitru Ciarlante is the Director of Child & Club Safety for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), where she works to strengthen the Clubs’ capacity to create safe places for children to learn and grow. Ms. Ciarlante is a lifelong children’s advocate with more than 25 years of leadership experience in creating youth outreach and advocacy programs and policies that are developmentally and culturally appropriate for youth from diverse cultures and backgrounds. She has spoken, trained, and written extensively on a multitude of youth victimization topics, including engaging marginalized youth, providing population-specific services, reaching and serving tribal youth victims, and building resilience in underserved communities exposed to violence.

Previously, as director of the Youth Initiative at the National Center for Victims of Crime, Ms. Ciarlante collaborated with more than 100 community sites on multiple projects supported by the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. These included OVC Action Partnerships such as the Underserved Teen Victims Initiative, in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council; the Effective Providers for Child Victims of Violence initiative, in partnership with the American Psychological Association; a BGCA partnership to help youth development professionals recognize and respond to childhood victimization; and work with the National Council on Black Civic Participation on a project dealing with Black children’s exposure to violence and victimization. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Kim Clifton
05/01/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Replicating Victim Services Programs with Limited Funding

Kim Clifton is the Executive Director of HALOS (Helping And Lending Outreach Support) in North Charleston, South Carolina, which provides resources for and works to meet the critical needs of abused and neglected children and their caregivers through partnerships with faith-based and other community organizations. Under Ms. Clifton’s leadership, HALOS received the 2011 Erin Hardwick Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management for outstanding achievement in exemplary organizational management. Ms. Clifton has 15 years of nonprofit experience supporting children and families, including working as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, serving as the director of development for an inner-city community center, and working as a fundraising specialist in Guatemala. Ms. Clifton holds a master’s degree in social work from Boston University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Robin Clover
04/04/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Assault Victims in Rural Communities

Robin Clover has been the Executive Director of the Sublette County Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SAFV) Task Force—an advocacy program in Wyoming working to eliminate domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking—since 2001. Her responsibilities include working directly with victims of violence, promoting violence prevention in schools and communities, and handling the administrative duties associated with managing and funding a nonprofit organization. Ms. Clover also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She was a founding member of the Wyoming Prevent Team, a collaboration of organizations throughout the state whose main purpose was to promote primary sexual violence prevention.

Ms. Clover developed the SAFV “White Bird” school prevention program in partnership with the Department of Family Services, Sublette County School District #1, and Pine Creek Family Counseling. In 2004, this program was featured on a Wyoming PBS special highlighting the Department of Family Services’ work with domestic violence victims. In 2007, under Ms. Clover’s direction, the SAFV Task Force launched a countywide violence prevention campaign called “I’m Doing My Part.” That year Ms. Clover also received the National Award for Outstanding Advocacy and Community Work in Ending Sexual Violence from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Loree Cook-Daniels
06/25/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Sexual Assault Victims

Loree Cook-Daniels is the Policy and Program Director for FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. Since 2000, Cook-Daniels has helped design and facilitate FORGE’s in-person and virtual support groups, research studies, and programs. Cook-Daniels has been involved in advocacy, research, training, and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations since 1975, focusing primarily on aging, elder abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault. 

Cook-Daniels serves on the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s National Policy Roundtable, the National LGBT Aging Roundtable, and the Obama Administration’s New Beginning Initiative to identify pro-LGBT policy changes. Cook-Daniels also cochairs the Policy Committee of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. A contributing editor and frequent author for Victimization of the Elderly and Disabled, Cook-Daniels also is the founder and curator of GrayPrideParade.com, an LGBT aging blog that focuses on policy, practice, and research. Cook-Daniels formerly served on the Leadership Council of the LGBT Aging Issues Network of the American Society on Aging. Cook-Daniels holds bachelor of arts degrees in women’s studies and history, a master of science degree in conflict management, and a post-graduate certificate in trauma counseling. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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David Corwin, M.D.
04/23/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Implications of Adverse Childhood Experiences for Practitioners

David Corwin, M.D., is a Professor in the Pediatrics Department at the University of Utah, where he directs Forensic Services. He also is President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), which is dedicated to increasing health professionals’ knowledge and skills in preventing, recognizing, and intervening with those harmed by violence and abuse. Dr. Corwin is the Executive Producer of AVA’s Adverse Childhood Experiences Study DVD, and the principal editor of the online white paper ACEs: Informing Best Practice. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and cochairs the Society’s Prevention and Partnerships Committees.

Dr. Corwin has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally on child abuse issues. One of his primary focuses is on evaluating, mitigating, and preventing the adverse health effects associated with experiencing violence and abuse across the lifespan. Recently, Dr. Corwin began addressing the harms associated with being a victim of child pornography, and helped draft the APSAC policy statement on that topic.

Previously, Dr. Corwin founded the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and helped found the Ray Helfer Society and the Academy on Violence and Abuse. He also chaired the group that founded the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and cochaired the transition of the American Medical Association’s National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse into the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Kerry Cosgrove
02/13/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Victim Services in Urban High Crime Neighborhoods

Kerry Cosgrove, a Licensed Professional Counselor, is Supervisor of the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Victim Services Unit (VSU). The VSU was established in 1999 to aid victims and survivors of crime by offering emotional support, practical aid, and advocacy. In 2007, the VSU provided criminal justice support, victims’ rights information, and crisis intervention services to 7,053 victims of crime.

In 2002, OVC selected Kansas City, Kansas, as one of six pilot sites for the Urban High Crime Neighborhood Initiative (UHCNI). This initiative supports the creation of collaborative models for grassroots, community service, and victim assistance organizations in high-crime urban settings to work together to improve services to crime victims in their own neighborhoods. Participating in the initiative allowed the VSU to identify gaps in services and develop best practices for meeting the needs of traditionally underserved populations of crime victims within the northeast quadrant of Kansas City, Kansas. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Mary Counihan, M.S.W.
09/27/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Responding to Older Crime Victims with Disabilities

Mary Counihan, M.S.W., is President of the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) and a member of the Steering Committee for the California Elder Justice Coalition. Previously, she served as director of Adult Protective Services (APS) for San Francisco, California, from 1992 until her retirement in 2009. Under her direction, APS grew from 4 to nearly 60 social workers and nurses and developed into a model for providing quality services through effective collaborations and partnerships. Ms. Counihan also helped write the legislation that created the comprehensive APS program and increased its funding by 50 percent.

Ms. Counihan has extensive experience developing partnerships between public and private agencies; identifying creative approaches to service delivery; facilitating groups; and developing protocols, policies, and trainings to provide high-quality services to victims of elder abuse and neglect and crime victims with disabilities. She has consulted with the Center for Excellence on Elder Abuse and Neglect, University of California at Irvine, and the California County Welfare Directors Association on improving the consistency and quality of APS responses to abuse in California. She also served on the Board of Directors for the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. Ms. Counihan has received numerous awards, including the NAPSA Joanne Otto Distinguished Achievement Award, and the Department of Aging and Adult Services Employee Award. Ms. Counihan received her master of social work degree from San Francisco State University.

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Debra Culberson
05/19/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Assisting Families of Missing or Unidentified Persons

Debra Culberson is a tireless supporter of rights for victims of domestic violence and an advocate for victims and missing persons. She has presented nationally and received countless awards for her activism and victim advocacy. In 1996, Ms. Culberson’s daughter, Clarissa Ann (“Carrie”) Culberson, was kidnapped and murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Although Carrie’s remains were never found, the defendant was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole—one of the first murder trials in history to result in a conviction without the body of the victim. Following sentencing, the Culberson family filed and won a civil wrongful death lawsuit against the chief of police and the village of Blanchester, Ohio, for a series of mistakes that thwarted the search for Carrie. In response, the town pledged to establish a memorial to victims of domestic violence, to make policy changes and provide additional training to Blanchester police officers on domestic violence, and to establish a domestic violence task force.

Currently, no law mandates the testing of unidentified remains. Ms. Culberson continues to work with Congress to advocate for changes in legislation in the hope that someday she will be able to give her daughter a proper burial. She is a member of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc., Team Hope, the National Missing Persons Task Force, the Ohio Missing Persons Task Force, and the Surviving Parent Coalition. She also has worked as an advisor to NamUs, a free online directory of missing persons and unidentified decedent records. The Culbersons’ story has been featured on the truTV network (previously known as Court TV) and on numerous television shows, including Inside Edition, Oprah, Dateline, MSNBC Investigates, Final Justice with Erin Brockovich, American Justice, Missing Persons Unit, The Early Show, and others. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dr. Steven Dakai
03/12/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Addressing the Holistic Needs of Crime Victims

Steven Dakai, Ph.D., is Director of Maehnowesekiyah Wellness Center for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, and Program Manager for the Menominee Indian Tribe’s Mental Health Transformation Grant, which focuses on identifying veterans and tribal members living with posttraumatic stress disorder and other effects of trauma and providing them with the counseling they need. He is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Interventionist, and Trainer; and a QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) suicide prevention trainer. He also is CEO of Shift Happens International, LLC, a behavioral health consulting firm. Dr. Dakai has spent much of his career working in Native American communities in Alaska and Wisconsin. He is a member of the Tribal/State Collaboration for Positive Change workgroup, and the Diversity Committee and the Treatment and Intervention Committee of the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. Previously, he worked for the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Dakai holds a doctorate in addictive disorders and substance abuse and certifications in clinical supervision in Wisconsin and nationally. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Howard Davidson
04/10/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Child Welfare Agencies Responding to Child Identity Theft

07/07/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Child Identity Theft as Financial Exploitation

Howard Davidson has been involved with the legal aspects of child protection for 38 years. He has directed the American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law since its establishment in 1978, and is a founding board member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He also is on the board of ECPAT–USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking–USA) and is a member of the Maryland Children’s Justice Task Force. Previously, Mr. Davidson served on a National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine Panel on Child Maltreatment and as chair of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect. He also was appointed by the Mayor of Philadelphia to a Department of Human Services Community Oversight Board to help guide improvements in that city’s child protection system.

Mr. Davidson has authored many articles on child maltreatment as well as commentaries to chapters of the American Psychiatric Association’s Family Violence: A Clinical and Legal Guide. Some of his most recent writings include "Racial Disparities in the Child Welfare System: Reversing Trends," published in ABA Child Law Practice, the journal of the ABA Center on Children and the Law; A Common Bond: Maltreated Children and Animals in the Home—Guidelines for Practice and Policy, with Mary Lou Randour, published by the American Humane Association; and "International Legal Principles for Judges and Child Welfare Agencies to Apply with Unaccompanied and Undocumented Immigrant Children," published in The Judges’ Page newsletter. In 2009, the center published the book Children, Law, and Disasters: What We Have Learned from Katrina and the Hurricanes of 2005, for which Mr. Davidson was a coeditor. In 2008, Mr. Davidson’s article "Federal Law and State Intervention When Parents Fail: Has National Guidance of Our Child Welfare System Been Successful?" was published in the 50th anniversary issue of the Family Law Quarterly. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Marcie Davis
05/23/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Expanding Services for Crime Victims with Disabilities

Marcie Davis is the Chief Executive Officer of Davis Innovations, a research and organizational development consulting firm. She is a nationally recognized victim assistance and disability advocate and trainer who leads a diverse staff in providing program development, management, training, technical writing, grant writing, research, and evaluation services to local, state, federal, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations. The recipient of numerous awards from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, Ms. Davis speaks, volunteers, trains, and writes to raise awareness and effect change for crime victims with disabilities. She does all of this with her assistance dog, Whistle, by her side. Ms. Davis has a bachelor of science degree in paralegal studies and a master of library science degree, both from the University of Mississippi. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Debbie Deem
7/24/2013 online discussion cohost
Topic: Addressing ID Theft Cases With Large Numbers of Victims

Debbie Deem is a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Victim Specialist who works with victims of financial and violent federal crimes under investigation by the FBI. Ms. Deem works extensively with victims of investment, mortgage, and Internet fraud; identity theft; and mass-marketing crimes, particularly those that target older adults. She also serves businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been victimized by fraud-related crimes.

Ms. Deem has worked with federal and local crime victims for more than 25 years and previously served as a Victim Witness Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. She also has provided training and consultation at the federal level for more than 15 years, including work with the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center to help develop curricula, such as the Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online training, and to provide training on identity theft issues. Ms. Deem has authored several articles related to victims of financial crime and recently coauthored a chapter on victims of financial crime in the fourth edition of Victims of Crime. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Sarah Deer
11/19/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Violence Victims in Native American Communities

Sarah Deer, J.D., a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, is a visiting professor at William Mitchell College of Law, online instructor of Tribal Legal Studies at UCLA Extension, and former lecturer in law at UCLA Law School. She was recently employed as a Victim Advocacy Legal Specialist for the Tribal Law & Policy Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, and previously served as a Grant Program Specialist for the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. Ms. Deer serves on numerous advisory boards for antiviolence organizations and projects, including the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. She is the coauthor of Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies, Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure, and co-editor of Sharing Our Stories of Survival: Native Women Surviving Violence.

Ms. Deer earned her juris doctorate with a Tribal Lawyer Certificate from the University of Kansas School of Law and her bachelor of arts degree in women’s studies and philosophy from the University of Kansas. While in law school, she served as the assistant director of the Douglas County Rape-Victim Survivor Service, Inc. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dana DeHart
03/28/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Victim Service Provider Standards and Certification Issues

Dana DeHart, Ph.D., is a consultant for state and federal government programs, health departments, and universities, among others. She specializes in victimology, particularly domestic abuse, trauma responses, and underserved populations. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator developing the Elder Mistreatment Prevention Training program for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. She was the Project Director for the Office for Victims of Crime’s (OVC’s) National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium, as well as the Principal Investigator on related projects, including the Ethics in Victim Services CD–ROM draft curriculum developed with OVC and the Victim Assistance Legal Organization (VALOR). Dr. DeHart also served as Project Director for the National Institute of Justice’s study, Victimization Experiences of Incarcerated Women, and she is extending that work in her current study, Poly-victimization of Girls Referred to the Justice System.

In addition, Dr. DeHart has served as an evaluator for OVC’s Collaborative Response to Crime Victims in Urban Areas initiative, an effort to link faith-based and secular services in five U.S. cities. She has conducted research on battered women’s recovery, batterer treatment, psychological abuse, intimate homicide, hate crimes, and service use among ethnic and sexual minorities. Dr. DeHart also is a reviewer for leading psychological journals and publishers, has co-authored several book chapters, and has been published in Violence & Victims and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of Family Violence, Journal of Death & Dying, and Journal of Sex Research. She received her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1995. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Angela DeLeon
07/21/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Older Victims of Financial Abuse

Angela DeLeon is the coordinator of the People’s United Bank Masters Program, nationally recognized for its leadership in initiating crime prevention and awareness programs for senior citizens. Ms. DeLeon created the Masters Program in 1996 to bring together significant resources, including representatives from law enforcement, private and nonprofit businesses, the Office of the Attorney General, and senior advocacy agencies, in a collaborative commitment to help older individuals. Prior to joining People’s United Bank, Ms. DeLeon was employed by the Bridgeport Police Department in Connecticut, where she established the first formal crime prevention program tailored to the needs of senior citizens. This program has since become a model for other cities throughout the United States. Ms. DeLeon also initiated the nationally recognized File of Life Program and the Yellow Dot Program, both of which offer first responders a dossier of an older person’s medical condition should they be unable to speak for themselves in an emergency situation.

Ms. DeLeon is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Triads, Inc., and director of the State of Connecticut Triad Association. She is the only person in Connecticut certified to teach senior sensitivity, senior crime prevention, and techniques for interviewing elderly persons to Connecticut law enforcement. In 2000, Ms. DeLeon was named the Crime Prevention Association of Connecticut’s Practitioner of the Year, and in 2003, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Housatonic Council. She also is a national trainer for the Office for Victims of Crime and an active member of the National Sheriffs Association. Ms. DeLeon is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Civilian Academy and the University of Louisville Crime Prevention School. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Melissa Deinlein
10/22/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Implementing and Operating Address Confidentiality Programs

Melissa Deinlein is program manager of Washington State’s Office of the Secretary of State Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), where she has worked for more than 7 years. The APC was created in 1991 to assist crime victims (specifically victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking) who have relocated to avoid further abuse. It allows participants to register to vote and to apply for a marriage license without creating a public record, and provides participants with alternate mailing addresses they can use to maintain the confidentiality of their whereabouts. Ms. Deinlein earned a bachelor of arts degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Steve Derene
03/07/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Making the Most of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Since 2001, Steve Derene has served as Executive Director of the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA), representing state agencies that administer state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) victim assistance grants. Prior to joining NAVAA, he worked at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, first as director of research and information and later in the department’s Office of Crime Victim Services. In these positions, Mr. Derene directed the Wisconsin Victim/Witness Assistance Program and Wisconsin’s VOCA assistance administrators. He also advocated for many state and federal criminal justice and crime victim legislative initiatives, including Wisconsin’s Bill of Rights for Victims and Witnesses of Crime and amendments to the Wisconsin Constitution. Mr. Derene has served as an expert-consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. He is a recipient of the 2005 National Crime Victim Service Award, the 2006 Congressional Crime Victims’ Rights Caucus’s Lois Haight Award, and the 2009 Victim Advocacy Award from the National Crime Victim Law Institute. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Sharon D’Eusanio
02/21/2007 online discussion co-host
Topic: Serving Crime Victims With Disabilities

Sharon D’Eusanio is the Assistant Director of the Division of Victim Services and Criminal Justice Programs for the Office of the Florida Attorney General. She has acted as a consultant for the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office on Violence Against Women, and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc., and CrimeStoppers of Broward County, Florida. She has also served in focus groups, on advisory boards, and on various steering and other committees for local, state, and national agencies and organizations.

In May of 1980, Ms. D’Eusanio became the victim of a violent crime, which nearly took her life and left her blind. She then began her transformation from crime victim to community activist, author, professional speaker, trainer, and consultant. Her message of hope, perseverance, and determination is reflected in her presentations and her autobiography, Feel the Laughter. Ms. D’Eusanio has received several local, state, and national awards for her work in the victim assistance field, including the National Crime Victim Service Award presented by President Reagan in 1985. In 2005, the March of Dimes named her one of their “Women of Distinction” in Broward County. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Jeffrey Dion
02/06/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Pretrial Process Considerations for Crime Victims

Jeffrey Dion, Esq., is the Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), a nonprofit resource and advocacy organization for victims of all types of crime. In this role, Mr. Dion assists with operational management, partnerships, policy and communication strategies, and development of all financial resources. Previously, as NCVC’s Acting Executive Director, Mr. Dion oversaw five program areas—victim services, public policy, public education, training and technical assistance, and civil justice—and served as the point of contact for NCVC’s partner agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, including the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office on Violence Against Women. Mr. Dion also serves as Director for the National Crime Victim Bar Association; President of the Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Service of Prince William, Inc.; and on the Advisory Council of the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children. Additionally, he previously served on the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board.

Mr. Dion has received numerous awards, including the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award from DOJ, the Northern Virginia Victim Assistance Coalition’s Champion Award, and the Victim Assistance Award and the Diamond Award from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Mr. Dion received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from George Mason University and a juris doctorate from George Mason University School of Law. He also earned an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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Carol Dorris
05/13/2009 online discussion host
Topic: Responding to People Victimized by Individuals with Mental Illnesses

12/10/2008 online discussion host
Topic: Enforcing Victims’ Rights in Court

Carol F. Dorris, J.D., is the public policy senior staff attorney for the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), a nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1985, NCVC is dedicated to helping victims, families, and communities affected by crime rebuild their lives. Ms. Dorris has more than 17 years of experience analyzing victims’ rights laws, providing legislative technical assistance to state and federal lawmakers, and conducting comprehensive research on pertinent victim-related legal issues. Her areas of expertise include victims of offenders with mental illness, stalking victims, and victim-counselor privilege. She recently served as an advisor on the Council of State Governments Justice Center’s publication, Responding to People Who Have Been Victimized by Individuals With Mental Illnesses. Ms. Dorris is also the project director of the VictimLaw project, an online database of federal, state, and tribal victims’ rights laws. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and the University of Georgia School of Law. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Rebecca Dreke
01/22/2014 online discussion cohost
Topic: Responding to Victims of Stalking on Campus

01/19/2010 online discussion host
Topic: Stalking in the Workplace

Rebecca Dreke is Deputy Director of the Stalking Resource Center (SRC) at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). Ms. Dreke is responsible for training law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers, and other professionals on all aspects of stalking, including the use of technology to stalk, campus stalking, and stalking and sexual assault. She has trained thousands of practitioners nationally on various topics, including stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and hate- and bias-motivated violence. Ms. Dreke also coauthors publications regarding stalking support groups, campus policies for addressing stalking, and guides for advocates. Prior to joining NCVC, Ms. Dreke worked as a social worker, victim advocate, and public school teacher. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Robert Dumond
06/29/2011 online discussion host
Topic: Addressing Sexual Violence in Detention

Robert W. Dumond, LCMHC, CCMHC, is a board-certified clinical mental health counselor and a Diplomate of Clinical Forensic Counseling who has served adult and juvenile crime victims and offenders in numerous criminal justice venues for more than 40 years. Currently, he is the Mental Health Program Manager for the Merrimack County-Concord District Court Mental Health Court in New Hampshire—an innovative project to divert and manage justice-involved individuals with serious, persistent mental illness. Mr. Dumond also serves on the faculty of Southern New Hampshire University, both in the School of Arts and Sciences and the College of On-Line and Professional Education. He has also served as President and Senior Consultant of his own firm, Consultants for Improved Human Services, PLLC, through which he provides training to correctional agencies and consultation to numerous federal agencies, including the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Mr. Dumond has been involved in examining the issue of prisoner sexual violence since the 1980s. He has testified in numerous cases as a qualified expert witness and, as a member of the Prison Rape Task Force, he contributed to and testified on behalf of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. He also testified on the impact of prisoner sexual violence at the first public hearing of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission in Washington, D.C., in 2005, and at the first public hearing of the U.S. Attorney General’s Review Panel on Prison Rape in 2006. Mr. Dumond was one of the principal authors of the national health care standards regarding prisoner sexual violence proposed by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, and contributed significantly to several chapters of the commission’s final report on prisoner sexual violence. He has extensively researched, written, and presented on the issue of prisoner sexual assault in a number of venues, and has authored numerous journal articles and chapters on issues related to correctional mental health, criminal justice, and victimization. Mr. Dumond has received awards for his teaching, his extensive community involvement, and his service with the Massachusetts Department of Correction. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Dan Eddy
11/14/2006 online discussion host
Topic: Crime Victim Compensation and Best Practices

Dan Eddy has been the Executive Director of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards since 1988. In this role, he implements national training and technical assistance activities for all state victim compensation programs, operates an information and resource center on compensation issues, and represents compensation program interests with the Federal Government. Prior to this position, he was director of the Crime Victims Project for the National Association of Attorneys General. In 2001, Mr. Eddy received the Donald Santarelli Award for Outstanding Public Service from the National Organization for Victim Assistance for his contributions in the public policy arena. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Maryland School of Law.

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Christine Edmunds
08/13/2008 online discussion host
Topic: National Victim Assistance Academy

Christine Edmunds has worked in the field of victims’ rights and services for almost 25 years. In 1995, she helped cofound the National Victim Assistance Academy, where she has served as Director of Curriculum Development and as senior faculty. Ms. Edmunds has worked with the National Organization for Victim Assistance and the National Center for Victims of Crime, where her efforts were instrumental in developing public policy initiatives and training programs on federal and state levels. As a consultant to the Office for Victims of Crime, she served as primary author of New Directions from the Field: Victims’ Rights and Services for the 21st Century. Ms. Edmunds is a nationally recognized trainer and has conducted educational programs on criminal justice issues and victims’ rights in all 50 states. She is an adjunct professor at California State University, Fresno, and Washburn University, where she teaches courses on victims’ rights and services. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Carroll Ann Ellis
11/08/2007 online discussion host
Topic: Working with Survivors of Traumatic Events

Carroll Ann Ellis is Director of the Victim Services Division of the Fairfax County Police Department. She has supported the needs of victims for more than 30 years, providing training and technical assistance to national, state, and local agencies; monitoring victim legislation; and working on public policy issues of concern to victims of crime. Ms. Ellis has received countless awards and citations including a 2004 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Service Award and the American Society of Victimology Ed Stout Award. She facilitated the first police-based homicide support group, and was recently appointed to serve on Governor Tim Kaine’s Virginia Tech Independent Review Panel.

Ms. Ellis has a master’s degree in Psychology and is a graduate of Leadership Fairfax, Inc. She serves on Governor Kaine’s Commission on Sexual Assault and is a member of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Review Panel on Prison Rape. Ms. Ellis has authored numerous articles, manuals, and textbooks, including the first and second editions of Emergency Forensic Medicine. She also developed the first police shelter designed to immediately house domestic violence victims in need of emergency support. View this Guest Host’s photograph.

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Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas
04/04/2012 online discussion host
Topic: Serving Sexual Assault Victims in Rural Communities

Tiffany Eskelson-Maestas is the Resource Development Specialist for the Wyoming Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, where she has worked for the past 10 years. She provides education, training, and technical assistance to Wyoming’s domestic violence and sexual assault programs and their communities. Her experience includes advocacy, primary sexual violence prevention, sexual assault response, community mobilization, statewide council and team development, and rural services. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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John M. Evans
05/15/2013 online discussion host
Topic: Drunk Driving and Child Endangerment

12/15/2006 online discussion co-host
Topic: Serving Victims of Impaired Driving

12/22/2005 online discussion co-host
Topic: Drunk Driving

John Evans is the National Training Manager for Victim Services at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), where he administers direct support to victims and survivors of vehicle crimes. He also provides peer support for the advocates who serve throughout MADD’s national victim services network and assists with securing grant funding to promote and sustain MADD Victim Services initiatives. He oversees all national, state, and local MADD Victim Assistance Training Institutes, death notification seminars, victim impact panel trainings, and Sharing Your Story victim/survivor retreats.

Mr. Evans first became involved with MADD in 1992 as a recipient of its victim services after he was severely injured in a drunk driving crash. MADD advocates provided him with support and encouragement during his recovery. Prior to joining MADD in 1993, Mr. Evans volunteered with the MADD Central Florida Chapter and became a certified victim advocate. Taking the position of MADD Florida Victim Services Director in 1995, he secured a VOCA grant which enabled MADD to hire regional staff victim advocates to support the volunteer advocates and offer MADD victim services in every county in Florida.

Mr. Evans has expertise in the areas of bereavement and injury survivorship following crime victimization. He has instructed law enforcement officers, clergy, chaplains, criminal justice personnel, funeral directors, and mental health and victim services professionals through national, state, and chapter MADD training programs; Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center seminars; and numerous state and county justice programs throughout the country. He also has presented to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Law and Policy Institutes, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. View this Guest Host's photograph.

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