Eric Barreras

Eric Barreras

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Difference Makers (10 Strong), Training & Technical Assistance Manager


Eric Barreras is currently serving as the Training & Technical Assistance Manager for the U.S. Center for SafeSport, whose focus is ending all forms of abuse in sports. In addition, Mr. Barreras is the Founder/CEO of Difference Makers (10 Strong), a group of passionate speakers whose primary goal is to address sexual and domestic violence. Prior to his involvement with those organizations, Mr. Barreras served in the New Mexico Army National Guard in the mid-90s and subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Army. He eventually became a Chief Warrant Officer and Criminal Investigation Command (CID) Special Agent conducting a wide variety of sexual assault investigations across the nation. After a brief retirement, Mr. Barreras transitioned back into CID, where he was responsible for managing the Special Victims Unit (SVU) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2015, Mr. Barreras accepted a position with the U.S. Air Force as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Specialist. While serving in that role, his team earned the 2015 Department of Defense (DoD) Innovation Award and the 2017 Air Education and Training Command (AETC) SAPR Team Award. In addition, he was hand selected by the Headquarters Air Force SAPR Operations Staff to assist with restructuring the Air Force’s SAPR training curriculum for all Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs). Mr. Barreras subsequently transitioned to a position as a SARC, with the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was responsible for managing the SAPR program for all Coast Guard units on the West Coast. In 2018, he was recognized by the Department of Defense (DoD) as the SARC of the Year for the U.S. Coast Guard and was the recipient of the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation award for collaborative prevention activities during Sexual Assault Prevention Month (SAPM). Mr. Barreras has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a special emphasis in Criminal Justice. He also served as a volunteer victim advocate/sexual assault counselor for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center and proudly served as a key member on their Board of Directors. In addition, Eric previously served as an Associate Board Member with End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI).