Who We Are

We are a team of former prosecutors, allied justice system professionals, and researchers with decades of experience distilling, disseminating, replicating, and refining promising prosecution practices to support prosecutors in their individual and collective efforts to achieve justice. 

AEquitas, the lead training and technical assistance (TTA) provider on the IPS initiative, has worked closely with governmental and nongovernmental agencies to promote a contextual, rather than uniform, approach to the pursuit of justice for victims around the world since 2009. AEquitas and its staff, comprised primarily of former prosecutors, create and curate resources; offer on-demand 24/7 consultations; develop curricula and facilitate a wide range of specialized training; and provide long-term support in building frameworks for coordinated responses. By partnering with allied professionals who have extensive subject matter expertise, AEquitas provides holistic support and leads initiatives dedicated to improving the justice system with a focus on prosecutorial leadership.

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John Wilkinson
Senior Attorney Advisor and IPS Project Lead

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Jon Kurland
Attorney Advisor

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Miiko Anderson
Attorney Advisor

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Holly Spainhower
Senior Associate Attorney Advisor

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Mary MacLeod
Associate Attorney Advisor

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Jennifer Newman
Associate Attorney Advisor

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Brooke Swann
Associate Attorney Advisor

Beth McGarry of B. McGarry & Associates

Beth McGarry spent 25 years in various roles at the DOJ, from First Assistant and Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California to Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Justice Programs. During her time there, she  provided leadership and assistance for the DOJ’s Violence Reduction Network and the Public Safety Partnership. The IPS project relies on Beth’s extensive experience in the criminal justice system, as both a TTA provider and a specialist in change management.

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Beth McGarry

RTI International (RTI) is an independent nonprofit organization with 60 years of experience working with federal, state, and local agencies to implement and evaluate public health and safety initiatives and translate science into practice through TTA. RTI brings a combination of substantive and technical expertise in a wide variety of areas, including evidence-based practices, performance measurement, and multidisciplinary approaches to crime prevention, crime analysis, forensic science, and criminal justice system responses.

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Leanne McCallum Desselle
Research Analyst & Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Provider


Karima Modjadidi
Research Public Health Analyst

BJA helps to make American communities safer by strengthening the nation's criminal justice system. Its grants, TTA, and policy development services provide state, local, and tribal governments with the cutting edge tools and best practices necessary to reduce violent and drug-related crime, support law enforcement, and combat victimization.

How we can help



  • Interactive, dynamic, and customized content that can be tailored to discipline-specific or multidisciplinary audiences
  • Provided virtually (through private or public webinar and learning platforms) or in-person (circumstances permitting)
  • Hosted by IPS TTA Partners or by external hosts with IPS support

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  • Legal research on any topic in the form of nationwide legal surveys or jurisdiction-specific legal analyses
  • Annotated bibliographies and reviews of social scientific literature

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Strategy Development

  • Customized case-level strategies (e.g., assistance drafting a motion or brief, charging strategies, jury selection assistance)
  • Customized office-level strategies (e.g., assessing, developing, and refining policies and protocols)
  • Facilitation of peer-to-peer exchanges through virtual conferencing and site visits

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Subject Matter Expertise

  • Access to our extensive database of experts in areas like caseload management, violent crime investigations, forensic expertise, trial advocacy, crime and data analysis, the implementation of investigative and administrative technologies, alternatives to incarceration, and much more
  • Virtual or in-person assistance (circumstances permitting)

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Ongoing Project Support

  • Development of action plans or time and task plans to align project implementation with project goals
  • Assistance with questions regarding project budgets, subcontracts, and project extensions
  • Methods for sustaining projects beyond the scope of IPS grant funds
  • Regular technical assistance calls to support project implementation

Evaluation Assistance

  • Support in developing research designs, data collection and analysis processes, and data management
  • Development of process, performance, and outcome metrics to assess, track, or evaluate projects
  • Software recommendations for data management, analysis, data mining, or file-sharing

Connect with experts

Between our in-house team and partnerships with consultants, the IPS TTA team has access to an extensive network of experts on a wide range of specialized criminal justice topics. Don’t see what you need? Contact us.

Alternatives to Incarceration

Diversion: Juvenile; Adult
Group Violence Intervention
Restorative Justice
Specialty Courts

Crime & Data Analysis

Artificial Intelligence 
Cleaning Data
Crime Analysis
Crime Mapping: Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Mapping
Forecasting and Predictive Analysis
Identifying Available Data Sources
Needs Assessments
Risk and Danger Assessments: Predictive Algorithms
Social Network Analysis

Facilitating Partnerships

Coordinated Community Responses (CCRs)
Crime-Specific Multidisciplinary Groups
Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs)
Community Engagement
Fatality Reviews: Domestic Violence; Child; Overdose
Human Trafficking Task Forces


Administrative Technologies: Case Management Systems; Electronic Discovery
Investigative and Policing Technologies: Body Worn Cameras; Digital Extraction Software and Hardware; Gunshot Detection Technologies; Police Information-Sharing Technologies

Caseload Management

Crime Issues

Appellate Practice
Crime Strategy Units
Domestic Violence
Elder Abuse
Financial and Cyber Crime
Forensic Expertise: Ballistics; DNA; Medical Evidence; Toxicology; Audio, Video, and Imaging Forensics; Cell Phone and Tower Analysis; Social Media Investigations; Open Source Intelligence
Gang and Group Violence
Gun Violence
Human Trafficking:Labor Trafficking; Sex Trafficking
Opioid- and Drug-Related Crime
Organized Crime
Sexual Violence
Trial Advocacy
Violent Crime Investigations
Witness Protection and Intimidation
Working with Special Populations: Children; Juveniles/Young Adults; Rural; Trauma; Tribal; Veterans; Victims with Disabilities; LGBTQ


Identification of Availability Data Sources 
Implementation Evaluations 
Performance Management
Measuring for Racial bias and Disparities 
Outcome Evaluations

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