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Eric A Barreras
Eric Barreras is a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) for the Department of Homeland Security, where he is responsible for managing the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program for multiple U.S. Coast Guard units in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah.

Eric retired from U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) as a Supervisory Special Agent in 2013. In that role, he specialized in sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence investigations. He managed response teams in multiple jurisdictions around the world (Alabama, Virginia, Texas, Iraq, Belgium, Afghanistan, and Georgia). During his military career, he also gained extensive experience providing protection for several executive level high-risk personnel.

Following retirement from the military, Eric served as a criminal defense investigator for the Monterey County Public Defender’s Office, in Salinas, CA. He was responsible for reviewing final reports of investigation involving high-profile sexual assault, child abuse, domestic violence, and homicide investigations and making recommendations to attorneys. He eventually transitioned back into USACIDC, where he supervised the Special Victims Unit at Fort Sill, OK., and served as one of twenty-four subject matter experts for the Department of the Army in the conduct of sexual assault investigations. While serving at Fort Sill, OK, he assisted with the development of a Victim Resource Center, which was comprised of advocates, investigators, attorneys, and counseling professionals. Working in that capacity, he developed a deep admiration for advocacy work and subsequently pursued a transition into the advocacy field.

His journey into advocacy began in 2015, after accepting a position at the Defense Language Institute, in Presidio of Monterey, CA as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Specialist for the U.S. Air Force. In that role, he was given the opportunity to collaborate with advocacy personnel from the Army, Navy and Marine Corps, as they were all co-located with one another on DLI. While serving in that role he took the opportunity to make improvements in an Air Force peer based prevention program, Students Against Sexual Harassment and Assault (SASH). Those improvements included combining joint activities for Army, Navy and Marine Corps students. As the result of his team’s efforts, his organization received the 2015 Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award, and 2017 AETC SAPR Team Award. In addition, he was hand-selected by Headquarters Air Force to serve on a 12- member planning committee developed to improve its SARC and Victim Advocate training program.

Eric wholeheartedly believes in the value of community partnerships, and has made it one of his highest priorities moving forward. His motivation was inspired by his previous involvement with the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, in Monterey, CA, where he served on their Board of Directors, and was privileged to also serve as a volunteer victim advocate. After serving in various criminal investigative jurisdictions, and interacting with advocacy professionals in both the military and civilian communities, he believes substantial progress in ending community violence can only be achieved by working together and in a continual concentrated effort. Eric’s ultimate desire is to impact change through community collaboration, education and awareness, and his personal beliefs are without question - in line with EVAWI’s mission to impact hearts and minds across the world.

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