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Elena Giacci 

Is a Diné woman and an Anti Sexual and Domestic violence training specialist and advocate for American Indian and Alaska Native people. Elena trains throughout North America on sexual and domestic violence issues and works extensively with many diverse communities. She has over 31 years’ experience in the Violence Against Women field and has a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Elena was Chair of the Albuquerque Mayors Anti Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force where she and members of the task force created the first Albuquerque Police Department National Model for Limited English Policies. This has been followed up with development of training for the Albuquerque Police Department Cadets on understanding cultural diversity and oppression issues. She was the Faculty Leader on Native Project 2.0 in cooperation with Futures Without Violence. Elena served as the Executive Director of the State Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women and chair of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women and Children. She has served as President of the Board of Directors for Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico.  Working with Faith Trust Institute, Elena has contributed to a Promising Practices Report, Walking Together: Working with Women from Diverse Religious and Spiritual Traditions—A Guide for Domestic Violence Advocates, Building Domestic Violence Health Care Reponses in Indian Country and Why Faith Matters – Responding To Sexual Violence Abuse, A Handbook For Advocates and Allies. Elena educates nonprofits in working with media on domestic and sexual violence topics. She has produced and directed the “Stop the Violence” TV show in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1999-2018. Elena always reminds us that her most important teachers and mentors are from the communities she serves.