Vera Institute of Justice

  • Serving Survivors of Sexual Assault with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

    Each April, we come together to pause, to reflect, and to uplift the experiences of sexual assault survivors. Please join us as we honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a conversation centering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who...
  • Jannette Brickman

    Jannette has been involved in domestic violence policy, reform, or direct service since 1992. She joined Vera in October 2010 as a Senior Program Associate. Jannette provides training and technical assistance for grantees of the Disabilities Grant Program. Since joining...
  • Ashley Brompton

    Ashley Brompton joined the Center on Victimization and Safety as a Program Associate in November 2016. She brings passion and knowledge about individuals with disabilities, particularly intellectual and developmental disabilities, and criminal justice. At Vera, Ashley provides technical assistance to...
  • Anneliese Brown

    Anneliese Brown is the lead on the National Resource Center for Reaching Victim’s work to enhance victim services to better reach and meet the needs of crime victims with disabilities and Deaf crime victims. Anneliese has been working to address...
  • Just Ask: A Toolkit to Help Advocates Meet the Needs of Crime Victims with Disabilities

    People with disabilities and Deaf people experience violent crime at three times the rate of people without disabilities, yet healing services and the legal system are often not accessible to them. There are a number of steps agencies can take...
  • Jacki Chernicoff

    Jacki Chernicoff, a Senior Program Associate, has been with the Center on Victimization and Safety for over a decade and in a variety of roles. She most recently oversaw the “Reaching Victims of Crime” Innovation Grants program through the National...
  • Applying Trauma Informed Care and Disability Justice to Serving Survivors of Sex Trafficking with Disabilities

    People with disabilities are more likely to experience sex trafficking than their peers. Traffickers deliberately target victims they think will be easily isolated and controlled, so conditions surrounding people with disabilities, including the fact that they are marginalized, devalued, and...
  • Jennifer Decker

    Jennifer works as a Program Associate for the Center on Victimization and Safety. She works with collaborations striving to improve services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence who have disabilities or are Deaf. She brings many years of experience...
  • Making PREA and Victim Services Accessible for Incarcerated People with Disabilities

    The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) established a federal commission to draft national standards that address sexual abuse in confinement settings. PREA also required the U.S. Attorney General to promulgate regulations based on the standards that apply to...
  • Sandra Harrell

    Sandra began her tenure with the Vera Institute of Justice in 2006 and is a Project Director in Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Victimization and Safety. She oversees a variety of projects, including a federally-funded program that helps communities...