Albuquerque, New Mexico
Is a Diné woman and an Anti Sexual and Domestic violence training specialist and advocate for American Indian and Alaska Native people. Elena works extensively with many diverse communities. She has over 30 years’ experience in the Violence Against Women field and has a B.A. in Criminal Justice. Elena trains throughout North America on effects and healing of sexual and domestic violence issues. Cultural and historical trauma, racism, sexual harassment. Elena is currently Chair of the Albuquerque Mayors Anti Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force. She was the Faculty Leader on Native Project 2.0 in cooperation with the National organization, Futures Without Violence. Ms. Giacci was co- investigator with Dr. Elizabeth Miller in the research study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Partner Violence and Reproductive Coercion among Native American Women a qualitative study to examine partner violence, sexual violence, and reproductive coercion on reproductive decision making. Elena served as one of the Team Leaders for the National Indian Health Services Domestic Violence Clinic Demonstration Project, which worked with more than 100 Indian, Tribal and Urban health care facilities as well as domestic violence (DV) advocacy programs across the United States to improve the health system response to domestic violence. Elena has served as the Executive Director of the State Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, co-chair of the Albuquerque Mayors Sexual Assault Task force, member of the NM Governors Victim Rights Alliance and chair of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women and Children. She has served as President of the Board of Directors for Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico, Chair of American Indian Death Review Team, and member of the NM Attorney General FVPA Task Force.