About Tresa

BIO

In 2012, former prosecutor Teresa Scalzo won the Bronze in the Mainstream Category of the Maryland Writers Association Great Beginnings Contest for her novel, Silenced Voices.The novel captures the challenges she encountered in court trying to give victims a voice, as well as the experiences of the prosecutors and investigators across the nation to whom she has provided training and consultation over the past decade.  

In 2009, Ms. Scalzo was recognized by End Violence Against Women International, one of the nation’s most prestigious organizations working to hold offenders accountable and ensure victims receive the compassion, support and justice they deserve.  The award stated:

For your vision, leadership, and dedication to the cause of successfully prosecuting cases of sexual assault, particularly those committed by someone known to the victim and/or facilitated with drugs and alcohol. Your tireless efforts to improve the prosecution of difficult cases have helped us to pursue justice for countless victims and hold more perpetrators accountable.

As a sex crimes prosecutor, she was recognized in 2001 by the Crime Victims Council of Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, which honored her with its Allied Professional Award for Outstanding Commitment to Victims Services.

Ms. Scalzo has advanced the prosecution of violence against women in the United States by supervising the creation of the National Institute on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence and the National Institute on the Prosecution of Sexual Violence.  She also designed the curricula for Sexual Assault Trial Advocacy and Evidence Based Prosecutionfor the National Advocacy Center and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Advanced Training for Judge Advocate General Officers for the Department of Defense.  

Ms. Scalzo has also written many of the leading publications that assist prosecutors and police officers today including:  “Prosecuting Rape Cases:  Trial Preparation and Trial Tactic Issues,” in Practical Aspects of Rape Investigation: A Multidisciplinary Approach(CRC Press, 2008); Prosecuting Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault (Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, 2007); and Preliminary Hearings: A Manual for Pennsylvania Prosecutors (Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, 2000) as well as numerous articles.  She was also a contributing author for the Pennsylvania Benchbook on Crimes of Sexual Violence (2007).

Teresa Scalzo has served on numerous national committees on domestic violence and sexual assault.  She has held the following positions:  Law Clerk to the Honorable Jack A. Panella, Northampton County Court of Common Pleas; Assistant Northampton County Pennsylvania Public Defender; Assistant Northampton County Pennsylvania District Attorney; Director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, National District Attorneys Policy Attorney; Senior Police Advisor for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response; adjunct instructor at Fogelsville Campus of Penn State University and Northampton County Community College.

Ms. Scalzo graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a major in economics and cum laude from Temple Law School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and the Third Judicial Circuit of the United States. 

 

EXPERIENCE

Expert Committee Member, National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Evidence Collection Group Meeting, Washington, DC (November 29, 2007) 

PeerReviewer, Victim Rights Law Center, Beyond the Criminal Justice System:  Using the Law to Help Restore the Lives of Sexual Assault Victims (2007)

Peer Reviewer, Connecticut Sexual Assault Services, Inc.Strengthening Sexual Assault Victims’ Right to Privacy, Department of Justice Office on Victims of Crime (2007) 

Board of Directors, Sexual Assault Report, Civic Research Institute (2004 – 2006)

Board of Directors, Domestic Violence Report, Civic Research Institute (2004 – 2006)

Teen Dating Violence Workshop, Violence and Victimization Division of the National Institute of Justice(July 24-25, 2006) 

Member, National Sexual Violence Resource Center Sexual Assault Response Team Toolkit Development Committee (2005 - 2011)

Member, Steering Committee for the American Bar Association’s Translating Training Into Legal Practice Project, which included: 

Economic Justice for Victims Projects (2006)

Development of Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking in Civil Protection Order cases (2006) 

National Institute on the Use and Integration of Interpreters (2006)

Member, National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center, Jumpstart Curriculum Revision Committee (2005) 

Member, Workplace Violence Policy Development Committee, ASIS International (2005)

Member, Curriculum Development Committee, National Advocacy Center (2005) 

Member, National Traffic Law Center Train the Trainers Curriculum Revision Committee (2005)

Participant, National Sexual Violence Collaboration Meeting, sponsored by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, Chicago, IL (June 9 – 10, 2004)

Participant, U.S. Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Protocol Technical Assistance Initiative Meeting  (April 6, 2004)

Peer Reviewer for Grant Applications, FY 2004 Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders Program, (Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice) (March 15 – 17, 2003)

Moderator, Video, Direct Examination in the Sexual Assault Case, produced by the National Judicial Education Project 

Participant, FBI Symposium:  The Impact of Child, Intimate Partner and Elder Abuse, Leesburg, VA (August 3 – August 8, 2003)

Participant, FBI Symposium:  Violence in the Workplace, Leesburg, VA(June 10 – 14, 2002) – (Former name, Teresa Miranda)