About Our Staff
Jennifer Gentile Long: Chief Executive Officer
Christina L. Supinski: Chief Operating Officer
Jane Anderson: Attorney Advisor
Teresa M. Garvey: Attorney Advisor
Viktoria Kristiansson: Attorney Advisor
Patricia D. Powers: Attorney Advisor
Emily D. Thrush: Project Coordinator
Charlene Whitman-Barr: 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 Communication and Operations Manager,
she is responsible for business operations, media relations, grant management, curriculum development, conference planning, and marketing. She also oversees the
development of resources and publications as well as the provision of technical assistance.
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 worked on special projects for the Director including conducting research and preparing briefing materials for U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
and administration officials. She also received domestic and international visitors, and responded to technical assistance requests from current and potential OVW grantees.
In 2002, Christina began her career at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). In 2006, she
accepted a position as Project Coordinator with the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), the research and technical assistance division of NDAA in Washington,
DC. As a Project Coordinator at NDAA/APRI she managed a variety of grant-funded projects, updated and developed training and technical assistance materials for prosecutors
and allied justice professionals, and hosted training events ranging in size from 60 to 500 attendees. She also worked in the private sector as an Event Coordinator and
Christa "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.
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.
Viktoria Kristiansson (JD) is an Attorney Advisor for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, Vikki authors and
develops resources, publications, and curricula; provides case consultation and technical assistance for prosecutors and allied professionals; and provides
collaborative policy consultation. She presents on trial strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women.
Prior to joining AEquitas, she served as a Deputy Attorney General and Special Assistant to two New Jersey Attorneys General. She worked on special projects for
the Attorney General, developing strategies to enhance and improve the efficiency and the delivery of law enforcement services. Her collaborations with prosecutors,
law enforcement, the courts, and victim service agencies focused on creating and refining programs supporting violence against women initiatives and victims. She
originally joined New Jersey's Department of Law and Public Safety as a prosecutor specializing in human trafficking in the Major Crimes Bureau of the Division of Criminal Justice.
Vikki also served as a Senior Attorney for the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women at the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI),
the research and technical assistance division of the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA). During her time at APRI/NDAA, Vikki worked on issues related to the
prosecution of domestic violence, sexual assault of persons with developmental disabilities, and prison rape.
Vikki also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she focused on the prosecution of cases involving sexual assault, intimate
partner violence, and child sexual and physical abuse.
As a former board member, Vikki now serves as a public member of the New Jersey Governor's Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence, a multidisciplinary council
comprised of governmental and non-governmental members who are charged with reviewing and recommending policies, procedures, protocols, legislation, trainings, and
standards related to sexual violence and recommending solutions in the prevention of sexual violence. She is also a member of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual
Assault Law Enforcement Advisory Board, which develops training for law enforcement on the investigation of sexual assault, and a member of the Board of Advisors for
the Villanova Law Institute To Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation. Through the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, Vikki serves as a pro bono
attorney who represents abused, neglected, abandoned, and medically needy children. In 2014, Vikki was also selected to become an inaugural mentor for the Women of
Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship program in Philadelphia, a program designed to inspire, motivate, and empower at-risk youth.
Vikki received a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey
bars. Vikki is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Patricia D. Powers
Patricia D. Powers (JD) is an Attorney Advisor with AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As an Attorney Advisor, Patti presents on trial
strategy, legal analysis and policy, and ethical issues related to violence against women. She 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 worked for twenty-seven years as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Yakima County, Washington. During her tenure at Yakima
County, she acted as a Supervising Attorney for the Sexual Assault-Domestic Violence Unit, where she was responsible for felony criminal litigation, consulting in
investigations, charging, negotiation, plea/sentencing proceedings, and trial, including adult and child homicide, adult and child sexual assault, and domestic violence.
Patti's background in trial practice includes over 200 felony jury trials litigated to verdict, and complex litigation involving multiple counts, co-defendants, and
frequent use of expert testimony from diverse areas including, psychology, psychiatry, medicine, forensics and DNA.
Patti was appointed as a Highly Qualified Expert in sexual assault investigations by the United States Army. In this role, she provided training in Germany for CID
investigators, and also served as faculty at Ft. Leonard Wood for Special Victims Unit training for CID agents and prosecutors. Patti has also worked as a keynote
speaker, consultant, and trainer throughout her career, training at national and statewide conferences, and serving as a faculty member and course consultant for the
American Prosecutors Research Institute, the National District Attorneys Association, National Center for Women in Policing, AEquitas, National Center for Victims of
Crime (Stalking and DNA), Southwest Center for Law and Policy, and was invited to present at each of the six National SANE-SART conferences. Patti has participated as
an expert in the National CSOM Symposium, Colorado National Sexual Assault Symposium, and the FBI Family Violence Symposium. She was as a member of the VAWnet advisory
committee and was a contributing editor for the STOP Technical Assistance Program Promising Practices Manual.
Before Patti worked as a county prosecuting attorney, she was a Washington State Assistant Attorney General, served at the Yakama Nation Defender's Office, worked in
private practice, and spent time at the Yakima County Legal Aid office.
Patti received a Bachelor of Arts from Idaho State University and a Juris Doctor from Gonzaga University School of Law. She is a member of the Washington State bar
and is based in Yakima, Washington.
Emily D. Thrush
Emily D. Thrush is the Project Coordinator for AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women. As the Project Coordinator, she maintains organizational data, responded to technical assistance requests, contributed to the development of resources, and manages the logistics for 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 "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.