Biography

Afua Addo is the Coordinator for the Center for Court Innovation’s Project SAFE (Services and Fundamental Enhancements), which provides national training &technical assistance to help implement culturally relevant approaches to justice-involved Black women who have experienced domestic violence & sexual assault. In April 2017, she was named to Essence Magazine’s first-ever “Woke 100” list of female creators, activists, educators, journalists, politicos and thinkers who are socially conscious and vigilant about changing our nation for the better. She lends expert assistance to courts and communities seeking to enhance an approach to gender-based violence.

Prior to this role, Afua oversaw the Center’s Hidden Victims Project which serves the Human Trafficking Intervention Court, Misdemeanor Treatment Court, and Queens Mental Health Treatment Court. In this role she began to develop training curriculum on domestic sex trafficking and intersectionality, trauma-informed care and vicarious trauma in working with survivors of gender-based violence. 

She provides national training & technical assistance on the intersection of trauma, race, gender & sexuality and trauma-informed service delivery to judges, legal stakeholders, law enforcement and direct service personnel. She facilitates a range of consulting projects at the Center on specialty court coordination, evidence-based practice, prosecutor-led diversion & service plan design and implementation. She currently directs the NYC Human Trafficking Service Providers Task Force and is on the Getting Women Off Rikers Initiative. 

Afua began her career with NYC HHC and Dept. of Education and continued to work with citywide youth initiatives namely as Criminal Court Advocacy Coordinator with GEMS-Girls Educational & Mentoring Services. Afua received her BA from the University of Virginia and an MA in Mental Health Counseling- Pastoral Counseling & Spiritual Care from Fordham University. She is originally from Brooklyn, USA!