Attorney Advisor, Office on Violence Against Women, Washington, DC
Marnie Shiels is an attorney in the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2012, she received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for her work on the Prison Rape Elimination Act Working Group. From September 2011 to September 2012, she was on a detail to the Office for Victims of Crime where she worked on issues relating to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking, including the development of a solicitation for the creation of a national telemedicine center for sexual assault medical forensic examinations. In 2005, she received The Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contribution by a New Employee for her work on the National Protocol for Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Examinations. Previously, Ms. Shiels was employed as a legal analyst at the National Center for Victims of Crime, tracking federal and state statutes and cases relating to crime victims and writing articles on legal issues related to sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Prior to that, Ms. Shiels worked as the Education and Outreach Coordinator at Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children, running support groups for domestic violence victims, and giving educational presentations to a wide variety of audiences, including middle school and high school students, church groups, law enforcement officers, attorneys, and others. At that time, she was also the Southern Co-chair for the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence’s Policy Committee.