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Careers in Victim Advocacy


Apr 10, 2019 12:29 PM

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Chief Justice Richard Barajas (ret.)
Executive Director @NOVA
Chief Justice Richard Barajas (Ret.) is a native of El Paso, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Juris Doctor from the Baylor University. He additionally holds a Master’s in Education, Administration and Supervision. He served in the United States Naval Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a trial and defense attorney in Norfolk, Virginia and as a staff attorney assigned to the Commander, United States Forces in the Azores, Portugal. His last naval assignment was with the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs as a legislative attorney on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. He left military service with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He has been actively associated with National Organization for Victims Assistance for over twenty-five years, as a general member, an elected board member, and most recently as an advisory board member.
Claire Ponder Selib, MSW
Deputy Director @NOVA
Claire Ponder Selib has worked in sexual assault and domestic violence prevention for the past 20 years. As NOVA’s Deputy Director, Claire leads NOVA’s National Advocacy Leadership Center (NALC), including the NOVA Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA), the NOVA Campus Advocacy Training (NCAT) and our monthly continuing education webinar series. From 2013-14, Claire was instrumental in working with the Department of Defense (DoD) to stand up the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP), an innovative program to train and certify all military sexual assault victim advocates.