Monica DiGiandomenico-Crews is a senior program specialist with the National PREA Resource Center (PRC). She contributes to several areas of the PRC’s work, including Audit Quality and Integrity, 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. She was responsible for leading the department’s efforts toward PREA implementation and compliance. This included policy development and the training and education of staff, volunteers, contractors, residents, probation officers, and community stakeholders about sexual safety in confinement. Monica also assisted the department in establishing innovative correctional practices intended to improve the prevention, detection, and response to sexual misconduct.
Previously, she was a contracted investigator/outreach specialist for the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, working to protect the civil rights of people and proactively reform models, practices, and policies for constitutional policing nationwide. In addition, Monica worked to protect the rights of people who are in prisons, jails, and the juvenile justice system run by state and local governments. This work lit a fire and passion to support strategic plans to collaboratively work with communities, judges, court administrators, law enforcement, corrections, legal professionals, inmates, and residents, to develop best practices, legal trainings, 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 defense criminal investigator. She has nine 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 masters 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. Monica’s passion for social justice continues with her efforts to positively impact criminal justice reform through cultural change.