Dr. AnnJanette Alejano-Steele to Present at CJCA Best Practices Committee Meeting

Posted by Darlene Conroy
June 16, 2014

The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) members will convene for the CJCA Summer Business meeting on Aug. 15-17 in Salt Lake City.  The summer meeting kicks off with a Welcome Reception on Friday evening. The Best Practices Committee meeting, a highlight of the summer meeting, will be held on Saturday morning.  Participants will attend the Business Meeting in the afternoon and the summer meeting concludes with committee meetings on Sunday morning.

The Best Practices Committee will be chaired by Fariborz Pakseresht, Director, Oregon Youth Authority and hosted by CJCA Associate Member, Simon Gonsoulin, Principal Research Analyst from American Institutes for Research.

The first half of the CJCA Best Practices Committee meeting will feature a Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project presentation and the second half of the committee will feature a presentation on the work of Dr. AnnJanette Alejano-Steele, professor in the departments of psychology and women's studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver. 

Dr. AnnJanette Alejano-Steele was the former director for the Institute for Women’s Studies and Services and currently serves on the steering committee of the victim services-focused Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking. She also serves on a key investigative taskforce led by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice and on a national working group focusing on trauma-informed care for the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her decades of academic experience supported her role as a law enforcement trainer for the Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute, supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice.

An important aspect of her work has been the coordination of the Human Trafficking Academic Response Team consisting of ten academic departments designed to provide wrap around academic services for survivors of human trafficking as a form of long-term survivorship.

We are looking forward to her presentation that blends academics with on-the-ground field experience.   She will share promising practices to end human trafficking while providing comprehensive health services for victims.

For more information on the upcoming CJCA meeting in August, please contact the CJCA office at 781-843-2663.