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 No matter how subtle it may be. 



Melissa Riley (Mescalero Apache), Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Indigenous Women Rising. Ms. Riley is also a consultant to several national/state/tribal agencies and public/private organizations.


Ms. Riley has managed federal projects within the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) such as the national Counseling & Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country (CFBSCV-IC) Training and Technical Assistance Grant and the Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Partnership in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Grant. The two DOJ, OVC-funded projects involved assessing grantee needs, evaluating training and technical services, and recording/analyzing performance measures for project sustainability. Ms. Riley co-authored a national Faith-Based Curriculum, produced training and technical assistance videos, and published training guides for the CFBSCV-IC and CJA Projects.

Ms. Riley has developed curricula for the New Mexico Department of Health/Office of Community Health Workers, Gallup Indian Health Services, University of Texas at Arlington, and other organizations. She has also developed sexual assault protocols, behavioral health/social service policy and procedures, and other tribal multi-disciplinary policies and procedures that enhance victim service response and increase prosecution.


Ms. Riley’s experience with research includes her role as a field interviewer for the NIJ funded VAIW National Baseline Pilot Study and lead field investigator and researcher in her graduate studies, as well as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Research Project. Additional experience in research includes Institution Review Board (IRB) applications, National Institutes of Health (NIH) certification, establishing research protocols, conducting research, and using digital equipment such as Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) and Audio Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI).


Ms. Riley has also been responsible for developing and implementing wrap-around services for tribal programs that serve community members impacted by alcohol/substance abuse, crime, and other social issues. She also serves as a direct service provider for a number of New Mexico Tribal communities, including providing counseling, social work, home evaluations, guardian ad litem services, and family conferencing facilitation.


Ms. Riley also volunteers and offers her skills, knowledge, and abilities to local organizations such as the Pueblo of Laguna’s Department of Education School Board, Roadrunner Food Bank, Joy Junction Homeless Shelter, and Child of All Nations, to name a few.