Michelle Garcia joined the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants as its director in 2016. Previously, Michelle was director at the Stalking Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime in April 2006 and served as the Director of the Stalking Resource Center since October 2006. The mission of the Stalking Resource Center is to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. The Stalking Resource Center envisions a future in which the criminal justice system and its many allied community partners will effectively collaborate and respond to stalking, improve victim safety and well-being, and hold offenders accountable.

Prior to joining the National Center, Michelle was a Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. She has over twenty years of experience working with victims of stalking, sexual assault, and domestic violence in both rural, suburban, and urban settings and advocating for victims’ rights on a local, state, and national level.

Michelle has trained internationally on various topics, including stalking, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and dismantling oppression. She has contributed numerous pieces on stalking to publications, including The Police Chief, NIJ Journal, and the Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention, and has appeared as an expert on stalking in numerous media outlets, including C-SPAN, HuffPost Live, and Fox News.

Michelle currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence. Michelle received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago.

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