About Our Staff

Jennifer Gentile Long: Chief Executive Officer

Christina L. Supinski: Chief Operating Officer

Jane Anderson: Attorney Advisor

Dana Fleitman: Associate Advisor, SPARC

Holly Fuhrman: Associate Attorney Advisor

Teresa M. Garvey: Attorney Advisor

Jonathan H. Kurland: Attorney Advisor

Jennifer Landhuis: Director, SPARC

Abby Neft: Project Coordinator

Patricia D. Powers: Attorney Advisor

Emily D. Thrush: Senior Project Coordinator

Charlene Whitman-Barr: Senior Associate Attorney Advisor

John F. Wilkinson: Attorney Advisor


Jennifer Gentile Long
Jennifer Gentile Long (MGA, JD) serves as the Chief Executive Officer of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, a global project she co-founded in April 2009. AEquitas' mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability.

Jennifer began her career by serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she prosecuted cases involving adult and child physical and sexual abuse. During her tenure in the District Attorney's Office, she was a staunch advocate for victim's rights and was part of a collaborative team that recognized the prosecutor's mandate to seek justice - and not just convictions. Her practices focused on protecting victims from the collateral consequences of participating in the criminal justice system while protecting communities from offenders.

Continuing her career in the field of criminal justice, Jennifer was a Senior Attorney at and then was appointed the Director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women at the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Jennifer authored Introducing Expert Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior in Sexual and Domestic Violence Prosecutions, widely recognized as the seminal resource on the subject for prosecutors, as well as other articles on topics ranging from intimate partner sexual assault to children witnessing domestic violence.

Jennifer also served as a volunteer child advocate through the Support Center for Child Advocacy in Philadelphia; an advocate at the Women's Resource Center in Hamilton, Bermuda; a labor and employment law attorney; and an attorney with the Department of Veteran's Affairs in Washington, DC.

As the Director of AEquitas, she continues to publish articles and provides case consultation and resources to prosecutors employed at the state, local, and federal levels, as well as all branches of the U.S. military and the Department of Defense. In addition to her work in the U.S., she has worked closely with allied justice system professionals representing several countries including Liberia, Cameroon, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Israel, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mexico, and India where her work has included working with Fellows, developing and participating in leadership institutes and training events, and providing technical assistance. Jennifer serves as an Advisory Committee Member with the American Law Institute, an Editorial Board Member with the Civic Research Institute for the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Reports, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Jennifer graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and East Asian Studies and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fels School of Government with a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters in Government Administration. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.


Christina L. Supinski
Christina L. Supinski is the Chief Operating Officer for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As the Chief Operating Officer, she directs operations with a focus on financial, grant, and project management. She is also responsible for contributing to, reviewing, and overseeing the dissemination of resources and curricula with an emphasis on interfacing with jurisdictions, public and private sector interest groups, and media agencies.

Christina co-founded AEquitas in 2009 and prior to that served as the Executive Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). She began her career at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) and later accepted a position as a Project Coordinator with the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), the research and technical assistance division of NDAA in Washington, DC. As a Project Coordinator she managed a variety of grant-funded projects, updated and developed training and technical assistance materials for prosecutors and allied justice professionals, and hosted interactive training events and large-scale conferences. She also worked in the private sector as an Events Coordinator and Marketing Director.


Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson (JD) is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, Jane presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethics. She provides technical assistance and case consultation for prosecutors and allied professionals; authors and develops resources, publications, and curricula; and consults on the development of protocols and policies that improve responses to crimes of violence against women.

Prior to joining AEquitas, Jane served as an Assistant State Attorney with Florida's Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade County. As a prosecutor, she tried many of the state's first human trafficking cases, including related sexual assault, child abuse, and money laundering crimes. In her role as a founding member of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Human Trafficking Unit and Task Force, Jane developed the infrastructure to better identify trafficking victims through reviewing juvenile and felony cases, and training law enforcement officers, first responders, teachers, and the community. She also built a coalition of service providers and community leaders to provide victims with the services necessary to help rebuild their lives and assist in the prosecutions of their traffickers. Most recently, Jane focused on building stronger prosecutions through the use of cyber investigations, digital evidence, and racketeering statutes.

Prior to focusing on human trafficking prosecutions, Jane served as the Chief of Litigation for the Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Unit. She also held several supervisory positions where she oversaw the prosecutions of domestic violence, stalking, human trafficking, and other felony-level crimes. While a supervisor, she trained and supervised new lawyers in the complexities of intimate partner violence and prosecutions. Prior to and during her supervisory positions, she prosecuted homicides, domestic violence crimes, sexual assault, and other violent crimes.

Jane graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law after earning a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to her legal career, she lived and taught English in Bangkok, Thailand. Jane is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Dana Fleitman
Dana Fleitman (M.A.Ed.H.D) is the Associate Advisor of the AEquitas Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC). As an Associate Advisor with SPARC, she develops resources and publications on stalking, as well as providing training and technical assistance.

Before joining AEquitas, Dana was the Senior Manager of Prevention and Training Programs at Jewish Women International (JWI), the leading Jewish organization working to end violence against all women and girls. Her work at JWI included creating, delivering, and managing multiple educational programs on interpersonal and sexual violence for audiences ranging from teens to professionals in the field. Her programs included Safe Smart Dating (an award-winning co-ed workshop on sexual assault and dating abuse for college students), Dating Abuse: Tools for Talking to Teens (a bystander intervention program empowering adults to have successful conversations with young people) and Boy to Mensch (an OVW-funded healthy masculinity program for the Orthodox Jewish community of Baltimore).

Dana's prior experience includes coordinating training and technical assistance for the HHS Office of Adolescent Health teen pregnancy prevention grantees. She also has direct service experience with groups including foster teens, refugees and recent immigrants.

Dana graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and George Washington University with a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development. She is based in Washington, D.C.


Holly Fuhrman
Holly Fuhrman (JD) is an Associate Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Associate Attorney Advisor, Holly conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.

Prior to joining AEquitas, Holly was the 2016 - 2017 Hillary Rodham Clinton Law Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. At the Institute, Holly conducted international field research on women's inclusion in a wide variety of peace and security efforts. Her work includes a report on how women shaped transitional justice in Colombia and Tunisia, as well as an upcoming report on women's ongoing peacebuilding efforts in Ukraine and Myanmar.

Holly has also worked as a student advocate in the Center for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) clinic, where she successfully pursued her client's asylum claim in immigration court. Her other immigration law experience includes conducting legal research and writing at the American Immigration Council and interviewing new clients for the Refugee Representation Unit at Human Rights First, an international human rights advocacy organization. Holly has also held legal internships at DC SAFE, where she worked with survivors of domestic abuse, and at the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, where she advocated for the ABA to establish a policy on campus sexual assault.

Holly graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with her Juris Doctor after receiving both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Public Policy from Lehigh University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland.


Teresa M. Garvey
Teresa M. Garvey (JD) is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, Teri presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, and national level. She conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.

Prior to joining AEquitas, Teri worked for twenty-two years as an Assistant Prosecutor in Camden County, New Jersey. For nine years she was assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit, and for five of those years served as Deputy Section Chief of that Unit. During that time, she created a guide to assist officers in charging the appropriate domestic violence offenses, and charging manuals to ensure proper wording of criminal complaints and indictments for such offenses. Teri also worked closely with the Victim/Witness Advocacy Unit to provide education to the public and to community leaders who come into contact with domestic violence victims. She participated in the Camden County Domestic Violence Working Group, along with municipal and Superior Court judges, Family Court staff, law enforcement officers, victim service professionals, and batterers' program staff. The Working Group identified problem areas in the system of response to domestic violence and worked to create solutions to increase victim safety.

In addition to the Domestic Violence Unit, Teri held assignments in several other Units, including Juvenile, Trial Teams, Grand Jury, and Motions and Appeals. Her jury trial experience includes prosecution of domestic violence crimes, sexual assault and other violent crimes, drug offenses, property crime, hate crime, and official misconduct. Teri has extensive appellate experience, and has briefed and argued numerous cases in the appellate courts of New Jersey, including three arguments before the New Jersey Supreme Court. Her most recent assignment, prior to her retirement in 2011, was in Motions and Appeals, handling petitions for post-conviction relief.

Between 1984 and 1988, Teri worked as a Deputy Attorney General in the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of Law, representing the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Department of Human Services.

Teri's interest in domestic violence dates to the late 1970s, when she worked as a volunteer at the first Safe House for battered women in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Throughout her career as a prosecutor, while focused on holding offenders accountable, she has never lost sight of the unique perspective and interests of the survivors of domestic violence, and has worked to ensure that their voices are heard and their interests protected by the justice system.

Teri received her undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado in 1978, and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden in 1984. She is an active member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bars, and is also admitted to practice in Colorado. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Teri is based in Camden County, New Jersey.


Jonathan H. Kurland
Jonathan H. Kurland is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, Jonathan presents on trial strategy, legal analysis, policy, and ethical issues related to gender-based violence. He conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.

Prior to joining AEquitas, Jonathan worked for sixteen years as a prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office in Berks County, Pennsylvania, serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney, Chief of Trials, and Assistant District Attorney. For five years he supervised prosecutions involving intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child abuse and fatalities, and grand jury investigations. Throughout his career, he has successfully prosecuted domestic violence homicides, campus sexual assaults, cold case sexual assaults, intimate partner violence, stalking, child pornography and exploitation, child abuse and molestation, and human trafficking. Jonathan has extensive experience working with multidisciplinary partners, including victim advocacy and medical professionals. He served as the office representative for the STOP program, multidisciplinary investigative team, and other community-based collaborative efforts.

In addition to his trial and supervisory experience, Jonathan served for two years in the appellate unit. He was assigned as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for Berks County, where he served as liaison to multiple agencies to facilitate federal adoption of prosecutions involving complex criminal enterprises and violent career criminals. He also served as adjunct faculty at Alvernia University, where he taught courses in the Criminal Justice Department.

Before coming to Berks County, Jonathan worked for two years as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Prior to that position, he served as a judicial law clerk in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas where he assisted the Court sitting over Criminal, Civil, Family, and Orphans' Court divisions.

Jonathan received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1997. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania bar. He is admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Jonathan is based in Berks County, Pennsylvania.


Jennifer Landhuis
Jennifer Landhuis (M.S.) is the Director of the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC), an AEquitas initiative. As Director of SPARC, she oversees the development of resources and publications as well as training and technical assistance on stalking.

Prior to joining AEquitas, Jennifer was the Director of Social Change at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence. In this capacity, she managed a variety of projects, including the Idaho Coordinated Response to Sexual & Domestic Violence and the Idaho Victims Assistance Academy. She also designed and facilitated state and national trainings on stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault to build the capacity of criminal justice systems.

Earlier in her career, Jennifer spent eleven years as an advocate and educator for local domestic violence/sexual assault community-based crisis centers. She provided crisis intervention, including support, safety planning, information, shelter placement, and referrals for victims of stalking, domestic violence, and sexual assault. She also provided 24-hour enhanced on-scene advocacy for hospitals and law enforcement agencies and implemented a screening program to assist health care professionals in recognizing and intervening with patients who have been victimized.

Jennifer graduated from Midland University with a Bachelors of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry and the University of Cincinnati with a Masters of Science degree in Criminal Justice. She is an adjunct professor at Boise State University. Jennifer is based in Boise, Idaho.


Abby Neft
Abby Neft is a Project Coordinator for AEquitas. As a Project Coordinator, she organizes the logistics for training events, generates content for AEquitas' social media accounts, and works primarily with the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC).

Prior to joining AEquitas, Abby was a research assistant with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research and interned with Safe Shores: The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the Tel Aviv Sexual Assault Crisis Center. She also served as an office assistant at the University of Maryland's Division of Student Affairs - Office of Development and External Relations.

Abby received her B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Patricia D. Powers
AEquitas Attorney Advisor, Patricia D. Powers (JD), presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to the prosecution of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking. She also conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals.

Prior to working with AEquitas, Patti served as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Supervising Attorney for the Sexual Assault-Domestic Violence Unit in Yakima County, Washington. During twenty-seven years as a trial attorney, Patti focused primarily on sexual assault, domestic violence and child and adult homicides, including complex litigation of high profile and cold cases with frequent use of expert testimony.

As a prosecutor, Patti also served as a member of child fatality and domestic violence fatality review committees as well as a member of the Washington State Technical Assistance Committee for Child Death Review Guidelines. She was a co-founder and co-chair of the Yakima County Sexual Assault Task Force, and was also adjunct faculty at Heritage College,

In addition, Patti was appointed as a Highly Qualified Expert by the United States Army and assigned, on an intermittent basis, to support the 202nd military police unit in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In this role, she provided training for Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) agents and prosecutors at the Special Victims Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and in Germany.

Before Patti served as a deputy prosecuting attorney, she acted as a Washington State Assistant Attorney General, representing the Department of Labor and Industries and the Department of Social and Health Services, Children and Family Division. She was also the Lead Attorney of the Yakama Nation Defender's Office, a private practioner specializing in both criminal and civil law, and a staff attorney at Yakima County Legal Aid.

Patti also acted as the President of the Yakima County Bar Association and participated as a member of the Bench-Bar-Press Committee. She was a charter member of the John Gavin chapter of American Inns of Court and was recognized with the designation of Master of the Bar. She served as a Yakima County Superior Court Arbitrtor, when called.

Patti received a Bachelor of Arts from Idaho State University and a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law.

Patti is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and is based in Yakima, Washington.


Emily D. Thrush
Emily D. Thrush is the Senior Project Coordinator for AEquitas. As a Project Coordinator, she collects and maintains organizational data and assists with the preparation of resources, reports, and training events.

Prior to joining AEquitas, Emily worked as an Investigator for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia while she finished her graduate work. From 2008 - 2012, Emily worked as a Job Counselor at a non-profit employment placement organization, where she helped low-income residents of the greater DC area find entry-level jobs. During that time, she managed a grant that provided scholarships to young people with criminal records who were trying to make positive changes by pursuing educational goals.

Emily moved to Washington, DC to work as a policy intern with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, where she researched and published articles on issues surrounding torture, refugees, and human trafficking.

Emily received her BA in English from Messiah College and her MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University.


Charlene Whitman-Barr
Charlene "Charlie" Whitman-Barr (JD) is an Associate Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Associate Attorney Advisor, she conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals. Charlie began working with AEquitas in January 2010, as a legal intern assisting with research on various projects and publications.

Prior to joining AEquitas, Charlie participated in the Families and the Law Clinic representing clients in the Family Court division of the D.C. Superior Court. She also participated in the D.C. Law Students in Court Clinic providing representation to indigent criminal defendants charged in the juvenile court and the misdemeanor branch of the D.C. Superior Court.

Charlie's prior experience also includes research on child protection laws in and around countries in the Middle East region during an internship with the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She also spent time as an intern in the Special Victim's Unit in the Office of the District Attorney in Robeson County, North Carolina where she focused on the development and implementation of a coordinated community response to child abuse.

Charlie received her BA in political science and art history from the University of Rochester and her JD from Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. She is a member of the Virginia Bar.


John F. Wilkinson
John F. Wilkinson (JD) is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, he presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women at the local, state, national and international level. He conducts research; develops training materials, resources, and publications; and provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals. John has presented extensively on the investigation and prosecution of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking both in the United States and abroad. John's international work includes developing and implementing trainings for police, prosecutors, judges and allied professionals in national and international conferences in Cameroon, South Africa, Fiji, France, Brazil, and Egypt.

Prior to working with AEquitas, John was the Program Manager for the Gun Violence Prosecution Program, Homeland Security Program and Southwest Border Crime Program of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) where he traveled extensively throughout the United States presenting on gun and gang violence and homeland security issues. He also regularly collaborated with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to bring data-driven best practices to criminal justice professionals. Under his direction, the Homeland Security Program created a unique counter-terrorism training program for prosecutors and probation/parole officers. Additionally, his Southwest Border Crime Program created a curriculum for prosecutors and allied professionals covering all aspects of the Drug Cartel Business Model and focusing on human trafficking, human smuggling, drug and gun trafficking, home invasions and kidnappings and undocumented alien victim/witness issues.

From 1998 through 2005, John served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Fredericksburg, VA prosecuting cases involving intimate partner violence and sexual assault, including cases of campus sexual assaults and domestic violence homicide. He also served on the Fredericksburg Area Sexual Assault Response Team and prosecuted child sexual and physical abuse and neglect cases and infant homicides. He assisted in the development of the Mary Washington Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. Additionally, John competed Virginia's Top Gun Investigation and Prosecution of Drug Cases course and prosecuted numerous drug and firearms related offenses. He was a regular lecturer at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy and spoke at the Virginia Association of Commonwealth's Attorneys. From 1994 to 1998, John served as an Assistant Public Defender in Fredericksburg, VA representing indigent clients in matters ranging from first-degree murder to summary offenses. In 1997 he was presented the Phillip M. Sadler Award for excellence in public defense. From 1991 to 1994, John worked at the Offices of William E. Gardner in Fairfax, VA primarily engaged in criminal defense and civil litigation.

John received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and his law degree from the College of William and Mary Law School and is an active member of the Virginia Bar.


 
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