It’s hard to believe that I have been working either as a prosecutor or with prosecutors for more than 25 years. While it can be very difficult work, I have always been drawn to work that helps make a difference in people’s lives.
For many years I served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan, where I dealt with some horrific and unimaginable crimes. As deputy bureau chief of the Family Violence Unit, I spent three years overseeing prosecutions of child abuse and neglect cases, and many of those children will forever be in my heart.
When I began working on juvenile cases in 2006, I knew that I had a lot to learn since I had never worked in juvenile court. However, I knew that my experiences working on child abuse and neglect cases, coupled with the cases I had handled in adult court with young offenders, would provide a firm foundation.
Nine years ago I never dreamed that my career would become so focused on young offenders and that I would be working as the project director of the newly created National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center at Georgetown University. . . .