Valerie Schmitt
Research Scientist


Valerie Schmitt is an expert in victim assistance, mental health, community engagement, and multidisciplinary partnerships to address complex social and justice issues. While at CNA, she has managed several community and justice engagements for the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office for Victims of Crime. Her work on these projects includes leading needs assessments, data analyses, program evaluations for communities, and delivering training and technical assistance for law enforcement agencies seeking to improve their engagement with the community, improve interagency coordination, or expanding trauma-informed support for all victims of crime. She has also supported the development of validated educational curricula for criminal justice professionals on procedural justice, responding to people with mental illness, impartial policing, and child welfare responses to human trafficking.

Prior to joining CNA, Ms. Schmitt managed the training and technical assistance programs for the National Human Trafficking Hotline and Polaris, and she has served as a victim advocate for victims of human trafficking and a case manager for refugee and New American communities. Ms. Schmitt has a Masters in Social Work degree from Indiana University and a B.A. in Psychology from Taylor University.

Justice and Policing


Center for Justice Research and Innovation

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