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Kim Herd
Kim Herd joined End Violence Against Women International in April 2018, as the new Director of Community Outreach and Public Policy. Ms. Herd is a former federal and state prosecutor with substantial expertise in victims’ rights laws and policies. During her time as an Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Herd prosecuted a variety of crimes involving gender-based violence, including human trafficking, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence. From 2009-2011, Ms. Herd was the Chief of the Victim and Witness Assistance Unit for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, one of the largest prosecution-based victim assistance programs in the country. Prior to this, Ms. Herd was the Assistant Director of the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee/Victim Witness Staff for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys, providing guidance on victims’ rights and policy matters to US Attorneys’ offices throughout the country. Ms. Herd was also a member of the National Victim Assistance Standards Consortium, charged with reviewing and developing model standards for victim service providers in serving victims and survivors of crime.

As a prosecutor, Ms. Herd also developed expertise in forensic DNA analysis, conducting a Frye hearing in a case of first impression involving the admissibility of mitochondrial DNA evidence in the District of Columbia. While on detail to the Director of the National Institute of Justice in 2002 – 2003, Ms. Herd provided substantial assistance in the development of the President’s DNA Initiative. More recently, Ms. Herd served as a consultant to the Department of the Interior on programmatic and policy issues that impact the provision of victim services by law enforcement officers in the field. Ms. Herd began her career as an Assistant County Attorney in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ms. Herd has a bachelor of arts degree from the College of William and Mary and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Inspired by the mission of EVAWI, Ms. Herd is thrilled to join an organization that has made so much progress in improving the way our society responds to sexual assault and other gender-based violence.

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