Teresa Huizar was appointed the Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance, February 26th, 2008. National Children’s Alliance, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the national association and accrediting body for more than 850 Children’s Advocacy Centers in the US. These centers provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse including: forensic interviews, victim advocacy, medical evaluations, and mental health treatment. Children’s Advocacy Centers coordinate the multidisciplinary team as it carries out its investigative, prosecutorial, and treatment functions. In 2017, Children’s Advocacy Centers served over 334,000 child victims of abuse, and provided child abuse prevention education to more than 1.9 million individuals.
Prior to her tenure with NCA, Ms. Huizar served as the Executive Director of the Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a technical assistance and training center for two hundred Children’s Advocacy Centers and multidisciplinary teams in twelve Western states. And, has served as the Executive Director of two local Children’s Advocacy Centers.
Ms. Huizar has a special interest in public policy in the child welfare arena, especially, in reducing child abuse fatalities and in the provision of trauma-focused, evidence-supported mental health treatment to child victims of abuse. She has testified before Congress on child abuse issues. And, she has conducted and participated in numerous child abuse-related Congressional briefings. Ms. Huizar has been interviewed by CNN, WSJ, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, and numerous other media outlets, on child welfare policy matters.
Ms. Huizar has served on numerous related Boards and Committees over the years. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Steering Committee of the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths.