Monica DiGiandomenico is a dedicated seasoned professional with over 15 years of progressively increasing responsibility in project management, victim rights, criminal and civil investigations, training and technical assistance, policy and resource development. Monica has extensive experience in the state, federal, and military criminal justice systems as well as criminal defense, juvenile justice, compliance auditing, organizational culture change, intimate partner violence, coordinated response, and trauma-informed care.
Monica has returned to the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) as a Senior Program Associate working on piloting and evaluating an assessment tool designed to measure culture related to sexual safety in confinement facilities as well as contributing to the training and technical assistance. Previously, Monica was a PRC team member working with the Field Training Program, and the Auditor Continuing Education and Support Program.
Prior to rejoining the PRC, Monica was a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator for the Department of Defense where she managed a comprehensive coordinated response for sexual assault survivors providing support services and overseeing the implementation and execution of the Department of the Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Formerly, 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 and Outreach Specialist for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section. She protected the civil rights of people who interacted with state, and local police or sheriff departments as well as protected the civil rights of adults and juveniles in state and local confinement institutions throughout the United States.
Monica has had the opportunity to work for both sides of the judicial system, as a law enforcement officer and criminal defense investigator. She graduated cum laude from The University of Dayton in 2009 with a dual bachelor’s 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.