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Directors

Caroline Cooper

Caroline Cooper

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Director, Justice Programs Office

Caroline Cooper has been involved with the provision of technical assistance, evaluation, and training services to courts and other adjudication system agencies engaged in judicial improvement efforts. She has also been a practicing attorney, an assi... [More]

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Joseph Trotter

Joseph Trotter

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Associate Director, Justice Programs Office

Joseph Trotter, an attorney, is a Research Professor on the faculty of American University's School of Public Affairs, and is the founder, in 1989, and associate director of SPA's Justice Programs Office. He received a BS in International Relations f... [More]

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Faculty & Staff

Malia Brink

Malia Brink

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Research Associate Professor

Malia Brink's research focuses on constitutional criminal procedure, civil rights, and theory of criminalization. She has published on the subjects of the right to counsel, misdemeanor courts, collateral consequences and prosecutorial immunity.Prior ... [More]

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Steven Collins

Steven Collins

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Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

Steven Collins is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Justice Programs Office. Prior to joining the JPO he worked as an Intern Investigator for the Public Defenders Service for the District of Columbia. Steve has a B.A. in Political Science fro... [More]

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Hina Gir

Hina Gir

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Office Coordinator

Hina Gir is currently a junior at American University and is majoring in Justice, Law & Society. She works primarily with Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) project conducted by the Justice Programs Office (JPO). She also works as a legal researcher fo... [More]

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SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology


Tenzing Lahdon

Tenzing Lahdon

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Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

Tenzing Lahdon graduated with M.S degree in Criminal Justice (Justice, Law and Criminology) from American University and has received her bachelors in International Business Management from Luther College. She works primarily on the JPO’s Drug Court ... [More]

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Sam Larsen

Sam Larsen

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Technical Assistance Specialist, Justice Program Office, Spa

Sam Larsen is a Technical Assistance Specialist at the Justice Programs Office. Working on the JPO's Drug Court Technical Assistance Project, Sam engages directly with problem solving courts, utilizing the extensive research of the School of Public A... [More]

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Casey Trebisacci

Casey Trebisacci

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Technical Assistance Specialist, Justice Program Office, Spa

Casey Trebisacci graduated from American University's School of Public Affairs in 2012 with a B.A. in justice: criminology specialization. She also minored in communications through the College of Arts and Sciences. While at AU, Casey served as an ad... [More]

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Student Research Assistants

Rafael Caballero

Rafael Caballero

Rafael is a first year graduate student at American University pursuing a Masters of Public Administration degree with a concentration in International Financial Management. He was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and in the spring of 2013 he obtained two... [More]





Samantha Heid

Samantha Heid

Samantha Heid is a graduate research assistant at the Justice Programs Office. Prior to joining the JPO team, Samantha spent the previous year in Galicia, Spain teaching English in a primary school. Having graduated from Mercyhurst University in 2012... [More]



Andrew Larose

Andrew Larose

Andrew LaRose, from Sarasota, FL, is a Student Research Assistant at the Justice Programs Office. He is currently a first-year Master of Science candidate in the Justice, Law, & Society program at American University. Before moving to Washington, D.C... [More]



Erica McCoy

Erica McCoy

Erica McCoy, born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, is a second year graduate student pursuing her Masters of Public Administration with a focus on Policy and Management in the School of Public Affairs, at American University. She graduated with a ... [More]



Madeline McPherson

Madeline McPherson

Maddie McPherson is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Justice, Law, and Society from American University with a focus on Justice and Public Policy. Originally from Pennsylvania, she graduated from Duquesne University in the spring of 2013 with a... [More]



Samuel Morales

Samuel Morales

Sam Morales Flores is a second year graduate student pursuing a master's degree in political science: comparative politics. His academic and research interests include the politics of the developing world and particularly the Middle East and East Afr... [More]



Jacob Palmer

Jacob Palmer

Originally from Boston, Jake Palmer moved to D.C. to study at American University. Now a senior at American, he is pursuing a major in Political Science and a minor in Spanish language. Jake began working part time at the Justice Programs Office in ... [More]



Juliana Ramia Capellan

Juliana Ramia Capellan

Juliana Ramia completed her Law Degree with Cum-Laude Honors in the Dominican Republic on December 2012. She is currently enrolled in the Justice, Law & Criminology Masters with a concentration in Criminal Justice & Public Policy, in the School of Pu... [More]