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List of Certified Auditors

Audit Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

If you are interested in forwarding a PREA RFP to all DOJ-certified auditors, the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) will do so on your behalf. To utilize this service, please submit a Contact Us form here. Please note, the PRC will only distribute material related to RFPs to conduct audits. The PRC will not contact all auditors or groups of auditors for any other reason.


PREA Auditor Search

Below is a list of all currently certified, previously certified, decertified, and suspended auditors. Auditor searches can be customized by location and certification status. Each PREA audit must have one lead DOJ-certified PREA auditor who is responsible for the conduct of the audit and all work products. A lead auditor can employ other DOJ-certified PREA auditors to function as secondary auditors or support staff who are not DOJ-certified auditors. However, it is important to know that auditors who have been decertified or who are on suspension may not participate in PREA audits, including as an agent of a PREA auditor. See 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i). 

Agencies and facilities, as well as DOJ-certified PREA auditors seeking audit support staff, are strongly encouraged to check the list for the names of auditors who have been decertified and auditors who are suspended to ensure that the selected auditor and any support staff employed by the auditor are eligible to conduct a PREA audit.

Note that auditors who voluntarily surrendered their certification or were not recertified when their 3-year certification expired are still eligible to participate in an audit as an agent of a DOJ-certified PREA auditor.

Questions about eligibility to conduct an audit or serve as support staff should be directed to the PRC by submitting a Contact Us form here.

Certified Auditors

If your facility or agency is seeking a DOJ-certified PREA auditor to conduct an audit, you may browse the list below to find an auditor to contact by selecting “certified” from the search menu. Additional names will be listed as pending certifications are finalized.

Auditors submitted the bio information found below. The PRC posted only those bios from certified auditors who consented and made only minor spelling, punctuation, and grammar changes.

Auditors who are Suspended

Suspended auditors include any individual whose DOJ-issued PREA auditor certification is currently suspended. The duration of a suspension is determined by DOJ’s PREA Management Office and may be extended for cause. During the period of suspension, auditors may not conduct any audits or audit-related activity, including as an agent of a PREA auditor. See 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i). Agencies and facilities, as well as DOJ-certified PREA auditors seeking audit support staff, are strongly encouraged to use this list to ensure that the selected auditor and any support staff employed by the auditor are eligible to conduct a PREA audit. Additional information about DOJ auditor certification requirements and the suspension process can be found in the PREA Auditor Handbook here.

To see the list of auditors who are currently suspended, select “Suspended” from the search menu. 

Formerly Certified Auditors

Formerly certified auditors include any individual who was formerly certified by DOJ as a PREA auditor. Reasons for no longer holding this certification include voluntary surrender of certification, not seeking recertification when the 3-year certification expires, failure to meet recertification requirements when the 3-year certification expires, failure to receive full certification status following the probationary certification period, and decertification. To comply with the requirements under 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i), the PREA Management Office must publish the names of auditors who have been decertified, and the reason for decertification. Therefore, auditors who have been decertified by DOJ can be searched for separately from all other formerly certified auditors. See below for additional information on the two categories of formerly certified auditors.

Categories of Formerly Certified Auditors

  • No Longer Certified: Auditors who voluntarily surrendered their certification, were not recertified when their 3-year certification expired, or were denied full certification status following their probationary period are still eligible to participate in an audit as an agent of a DOJ-certified PREA auditor. To see the list of auditors who are no longer certified due to voluntarily surrendering their certification, not seeking recertification when the 3-year certification expires, failing to meet recertification requirements when the 3-year certification expires, or failing to receive full certification status following the probationary certification period, select “No Longer Certified” from the search menu. 

  • Decertified Auditors: Pursuant to the requirements under 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i), the PREA Management Office must publish the names of auditors who have been decertified, and the reason for decertification. This information can be viewed by selecting “Decertified” from the search menu. For more information about DOJ auditor certification requirements and the decertification process, refer to the PREA Auditor Handbook here

It is important to know that auditors who have been decertified may not participate in PREA audits, including as an agent of a PREA auditor. See 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i). Therefore, agencies and facilities, as well as DOJ-certified PREA auditors seeking audit support staff are strongly encouraged to check this list for the names of decertified auditors, to ensure that the selected auditor and any support staff employed by the auditor are eligible to conduct a PREA audit. 

Questions about eligibility to conduct a PREA audit or serve as support staff should be directed to the PRC by submitting a Contact Us form here.


Auditor Search

Type of Certification
Certification Status
Julie
Abbate
Washington, DC
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities

Julie Abbate is a Deputy Chief in the Special Litigation Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice, which she joined in 2002. She is responsible for enforcing the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act with a focus on women’s prisons. She is a member of the Attorney General’s Prison Rape Elimination Act Working Group, which promulgated the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape. Ms. Abbate is also a regular faculty member for the National Advocacy Center’s two-week civil trial advocacy course, the Civil Rights Division trial advocacy program, and the Washington Council of Lawyers litigation skills series. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Abbate taught trial advocacy at the University of Baltimore School of Law, worked for Neighborhood Legal Services, the Federal Trade Commission, and the law firm of Covington and Burling. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, and her JD from the Howard University Law School magna cum laude.

Teresa
Abreu
Chicago, IL
Certification Status
Decertified
Date Certified
Date Decertified
Reason for Decertification:
Failure to complete and submit the PREA Auditor Certification Agreement by the designated deadline
Mary
Achilles
Mechanicsburg, PA
Certification Status
No Longer Certified
Date Certified
Date No Longer Certified
Jama
Acuff
Sharpsburg, GA
Certification Status
Decertified
Date Certified
Date Decertified
Reason for Decertification:
Failure to complete and submit the PREA Auditor Certification Agreement by the designated deadline
Brad
Adams
Lebanon, KY
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities

Brad is currently an administrative section supervisor for the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC). He was a previous quality assurance manager with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and served in many different roles within CCA and KDOC to include security, programs and administration.

S. Rene
Adams-Kinzel
Pittsburgh, PA
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities

Rene is currently a Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) compliance manager and corrections classification and program manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) at the State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh. She has been with the department for 15 years. Prior to her employment with the Pennsylvania DOC, she was a mental health counselor at an inpatient psychiatric facility.

James
Aguiar
Ocala, FL
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities

James is currently the Accreditation Manager at the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. He has been in corrections since 1986. He is also an American Correctional Association (ACA) auditor, FCAC auditor; a Florida Model Jail inspector; and the coordinator of a local peer review team, which includes eight different county facilities.

Ana
Aguirre
Austin, TX
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities
Juvenile Facilities

Ana was certified as a PREA Auditor on August 2013 after participating in the first PREA Auditor Training Class, and serves as a Field Training Auditor in the Auditor Field Training Program for the PRC. Ana is dually certified as an auditor for both Adult and Juvenile Facilities. As a PREA Auditor, Ana has audited Federal Bureau of Prison Facilities, a state adult prison, adult jails, juvenile pre- and post-adjudication facilities, and a community confinement facility. She has been an ACA Auditor since 1995 and has audited numerous adult and juvenile facilities, including training academies. Ana retired and was a training specialist with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Community Justice Assistance Division and had been with the agency for five years. Prior to that, she was a training specialist and management auditor for the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission for a combined 17 years. Prior to working for the State of Texas, Ana was a Juvenile Probation Officer for 10 years. Ana has a MS degree in Criminal Justice Management and is bilingual (English and Spanish).

Tami
Aiken
Allyn, WA
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities
Juvenile Facilities

Tami "Jo" Aiken has worked in the law enforcement and corrections field for over 25 years. She is currently the Deputy Director of Facilities for the Washington Department of Health. She has earned an AS in Administration of Justice, a BA in Public Administration and a MA in Public Safety and is a Certified DOJ PREA Auditor.

Adam
Albach
Jefferson City, MO
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities

Adam is currently the Assistant PREA Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Corrections. Prior to his current position, Adam served as an institutional Grievance Officer and Functional Unit Manager.