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Child Abuse Prosecution Project

Child Abuse Prosecution Project


David LaBahn : Director  |   Beth Merachnik : Deputy Director  |  Mary Sawicki: Senior Attorney
Ursula Donofrio : Training Director  |  Aimee Peterson  :  Program Associate



APA’s Child Abuse Prosecution Project’s professional, knowledgeable and proficient attorney staff are available to present at your national, regional, state and local conferences. As formerly part of our own multidisciplinary teams, we understand the importance of working together to provide the very best services and outcomes to our smallest and most vulnerable victims: our children.

In addition to providing support for your conferences, the Child Abuse Prosecution Project will also be developing and providing quality training programs on cutting-edge issues. The Child Abuse Prosecution Project will conduct one national conference and four regional conferences each year which will encompass all areas of child physical and sexual abuse, as well as child homicides.

Rounding out our training programs and understanding the demanding schedules of prosecutors and allied professionals in the field of child abuse, the Child Abuse Prosecution Project continuously provides relevant webinars on a wide variety of topics relevant to child abuse investigation and prosecution.   Click here to view past webinars


The Child Abuse Prosecution Project has provided training and technical assistance to hundreds of  child abuse prosecutors and allied professionals and we continue to develop quality training programs on current issues in two different ways : First, each of our senior attorney staff is available to provide immediate feedback and guidance via telephone and through an on-line technical assistance form that will be forwarded immediately to one of our attorneys. Second, our staff of Child Abuse Prosecution Project professionals are available to come to your jurisdiction and provide on-site technical assistance through advice, guidance, analysis, reporting and follow-up. If you are interested in having our team of professionals come to your jurisdiction, you may email the Deputy Director of the program, Beth Merachnik.

As well as ongoing technical assistance, the Child Abuse Prosecution Project also has available a database consisting of sample motions and briefs, and can assist in your need for expert witnesses in your case in chief, as well as provide resources to assist in your cross examination of defense expert witnesses. We also have staff available to assist in case law searches on a variety of issues.

This project was supported by Grant No.  2019-CI-FX-K001   awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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