Tanya Abdelnour joined the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan in December 2018 as Director of Child Abuse Prosecution Resources. Tanya began her legal career working for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in 1999 and left to join PAAM in 2018.  She spent fifteen of her nineteen years with Wayne County assigned to the Special Victims Unit (Formerly CFAB) and has handled assaultive and non-assaultive cases that included domestic assaults, child abuse, internet crimes against children and sexual assaults of minors and adults.

In 2010, Ms. Abdelnour began working extensively on the untested rape kit project as a member of the Special Victims Unit – Sexual Assault Team.  This led to her appointment as a Lead Attorney on the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force in 2014 where she supervised the prosecutors handling the criminal prosecutions resulting from the Task Force investigations.   

Ms. Abdelnour has also spent time in the Juvenile Division and General Trial Division where she handled non-capital and capital case including robberies, car jackings and homicides. She has extensive felony trial experience, prosecuting all types of criminal cases, as well as years of practice making charging decisions on warrants, and handling preliminary examinations in various district courts. She has handled many high profile, criminal cases including numerous serial offenders, along with multiple-defendant cases.   

Ms. Abdelnour is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.  She is a graduate the University of Michigan – Dearborn where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1994.  She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate Degree from Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law in January 1999.   She is member of the Woman Lawyers Association of Michigan and an active participant with the Wayne County Sexual Assault Collaborative (WC-SAC).  Ms. Abdelnour has presented locally and nationally at various trainings and conferences on issues surrounding sexual assault as well as the issues related to the untested sexual assault kits.

Erica K. Smith

Erica K. Smith, the Violence Against Women Training Attorney, has a background in criminal prosecution, including adult and child sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, child abuse, and elder abuse.  Ms. Smith worked as an Assistant Prosecutor at the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office for 11 years, with the last 5 1/2 years as a Special Prosecutor in their Special Victims Section. While in that division, Ms. Smith handled preliminary examinations, motions, warrant review, jury trials, and sentencings. Ms. Smith has also provided training to cadets at Oakland Community College in the area of domestic violence and stalking.  Ms. Smith is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, and received her law degree at Michigan State University Law School, where she specialized in Child and Family Advocacy.
 

 Alexandra is the Conference Coordinator for the Violence Against Women Project Unit.  Alexandra McGowan joined PAAM in February 2020.  She splits her time between the VAWP unit and the Victim Service Training Unit (VSTU) where she also serves as the unit conference coordinator. Alexandra McGowan joined PAAM in February 2020.    Alexandra is the Conference Coordinator for the Violence Against Women Project Unit.  She splits her time between the VAWP unit and the Victim Service Training Unit (VSTU) where she also serves as the unit conference coordinator. 

 

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