Child Abuse Prosecution Resources Unit

The Child Abuse Prosecution Resource (CAPR) Unit’s mission is to improve the criminal justice system's response child physical and sexual abuse.The unit’s goal is to provide training and technical assistance on the issues surrounding the investigation and prosecution of child physical abuse and sexual abuse cases of children under the age of 18.

The CAPR unit’s primary focus will be on providing statewide and specialized child abuse training to prosecutors utilizing experienced prosecutors from around the state as training partnersalong with other MDT members including law enforcement and system and community-based advocates.

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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.