Monica DiGiandomenico-Crews is a senior program specialist with the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) working primarily with the Field Training Program and Training and Technical Assistance Program. Prior to joining the PRC, Monica was the PREA Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice responsible for leading the department’s efforts toward PREA implementation and compliance.
Previously Monica was a contracted investigator/outreach specialist for the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, special litigation section, where she investigated and protected the civil rights of people in state, or local institutions including jails, prisons, juvenile facilities, and health care facilities for persons with disabilities, as well as the rights of people to practice their religion while confined to state and local institutions. Her work led to supporting strategic plans to collaboratively work with communities, judges, court administrators, law enforcement, corrections, legal professionals, inmates, and residents to develop best practices, legal training, and tools to further facilitate local and national partnerships for criminal justice reform.
Monica has had the opportunity to work for both sides of the judicial system as a law enforcement officer and criminal defense investigator. She has over 10 years of law enforcement and investigative experience. She graduated cum laude from The University of Dayton in 2009 with a dual degree in criminal justice studies and sociology. She obtained her master’s in forensic science with a concentration in crime scene investigations from George Washington University in 2012. She earned her Department of Justice PREA Auditor certification for adult and juvenile facilities in May 2018.