Leigh Ann Davis

Leigh Ann Davis, M.S.S.W., M.P.A.
Program Manager, Justice Initiatives

With almost 20 years of experience in the I/DD (intellectual and/or developmental disability) and criminal justice field, Ms. Davis has worked with both disability and criminal justice professionals and agencies, as well as self-advocates, to build stronger lines of open communication and understanding between these two worlds. She has authored numerous publications, including curricula, scholarly articles, fact sheets and brochures on a broad array of topics (including victims, offenders/suspects, death penalty, victims with FASD) and presented at state, national and international conferences to enlighten others about the unique issues faced by people with I/DD in the criminal justice system. Ms. Davis serves as The Arc’s subject matter expert related to criminal justice issues and as consultant for other agencies, such as The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center and Vera Institute of Justice. As a childhood survivor of sexual abuse, she intuitively understands the challenges victims face and their need for timely and effective support, and brings this passion to the goal of ensuring people with I/DD have access to accommodations in the criminal justice system, whether suspect, offender or victim.

Kathryn Walker

Kathryn Walker, J.D., M.P.H.
Criminal Justice Fellow

Ms. Walker completed her J.D. and Master of Public Health at the University of Miami. While completing her J.D., M.P.H., Kathryn worked in the Health Rights Clinic, a medical legal partnership handling Veteran's benefits, Social Security Disability, and Permanency Planning. She also worked on the Institutional Conditions team at Disability Rights, Florida, and interned with Department of Justice, Civil Rights, Disability Rights Section in Washington, D.C.. Kathryn was an Articles and Comments Editor on the Inter-American Law Review, and also a Miami Scholar and HOPE Fellow--both scholarship programs based on commitment to public service. Before joining The Arc in December 2013, Kathryn completed her M.P.H. as a legal policy intern for the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Prior to attending law school, Kathryn worked for Residential Services, Inc. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, while receiving her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Eliana Peck

Eliana Peck
Program Associate Intern

Eliana Peck is an incoming senior at American University, pursuing a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Law and Society. Eliana is currently working on her senior thesis, an ethical argument against the unnecessary surgeries performed on babies born with Differences of Sex Development (intersex). After graduation, Eliana will pursue graduate studies in Philosophy with a focus on applied ethics and the ethics of punishment. Eliana is responsible for NCCJD’s expert witness and model legislation initiatives.


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