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Prof. Brenda V. Smith

American University,Washington College of Law
Community and Economic Development Law Clinic Director, Project on Addressing Prison Rape
Washington, DC, USA

Professor Brenda V. Smith is faculty at the Washington College of Law at American University. In addition, Professor Smith is the principal investigator and Project Director for the Project on Addressing Prison Rape and The Building Capacity Project. In November 2003, Professor Smith was appointed to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission by the United States House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) and served in that capacity until August 2009. Prior to her faculty appointment at the Washington College of Law, Professor Smith was the Senior Counsel for Economic Security at the National Women’s Law Center and Director of the Center’s Women in Prison Project and Child and Family Support Project. Professor Smith’s work is at the intersections of gender, crime, sexuality and law. She has published and spoken widely on these issues. Recent publications include Rethinking Prison Sex: Self -Expression and Safety; Sexual Abuse of Women in Prison: A Modern Corollary of Slavery; Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption: Exploring Alternative Models for Addressing Domestic Violence in Communities of Color, in Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings on Race, Class, Gender, and Culture; Watching You, Watching Me; Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption; and An End to Silence: Prisoners’ Handbook on Identifying and Addressing Sexual Misconduct. Professor Smith has received numerous honors, including the prestigious Kellogg National Fellowship in 1993. She was inducted into the D.C. Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998 for her work on behalf of low-income women in the District of Columbia. Professor Smith was also awarded the Emalee C. Godsey Research Award for her article, Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption.

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