This amazing series is something you won't want to miss! Passionate experts and gifted speakers from every walk of the criminal justice system. This series starts new discussions and introduces unique perspectives to the conversation about asphyxiation. Voices, stories and insight from survivors provide a layer of truth and inspiration not always present in practitioner training. With a special keynote from Carvana Cloud, the Founder and Executive Director of Community Empowerment Solutions (CES).
CES is a social justice collaborative designed to support and empower underserved communities by creating conditions that reduce violence and promote positive outcomes where people live, learn, work, and play. Carvana began her legal career as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office and completed her most recent stint as an executive prosecutor serving as the Bureau Chief of the Special Victims Bureau dedicated to enhancing victim safety and offender accountability in regards to domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking crimes. As a black child exposed to domestic violence while growing up in Acres Homes, one of Houston’s most impoverished communities, Carvana is passionate about addressing the systemic deficiencies that exacerbate violence and crime in communities by addressing the following social determinants of health: 1) Economic Stability 2) Education 3) Healthcare 4) Social and Community and 4) Neighborhood and Environment. After a vigorous campaign for Harris County District Attorney, Carvana interacted with countless residents and learned how factors such as unemployment, lack of education and job training, sustainable housing, and access to healthcare can destabilize the lives of crime victims, those accused of crimes, as well as their respective families and communities. By leveraging her litigation skills, violence prevention expertise, coalition building, and management experience, Carvana created CES to establish strategic partnerships with governmental and private entities to streamline access to the supportive resources individuals and their families need to be safe and healthy in their respective communities.
Carvana is Vice-President of RESPOND Against Violence and a core faculty member of the University of Texas Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Carvana’s other professional accomplishments have informed the creation of several trauma-informed homicide prevention prevention initiatives such as the Harris County Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART), the Cultural Outreach Program (COP), and the Harris County Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT). She frequently trains on strangulation, the role of expert witness testimony, and the importance of culturally specific advocacy in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Carvana is married and has two children.