Meet the Team
Tanya Abdelnour is the Violence Against Women Project Director. Tanya joined PAAM in December 2018 as the Director of the Child Abuse Prosecution Resources Unit after spending almost 20 years with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. She transitioned to PAAM’s Violence Against Woman Project as the Director in January 2020. Ms. Abdelnour began her legal career in June of 1999 at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office shortly after graduating from the Detroit College of Law at MSU (MSU College of Law). Ms. Abdelnour spent most of her career with Wayne County assigned to the Special Victims Unit, where she handled cases involving domestic/intimate partner violence, child physical and sexual abuse, internet crimes against children, and sexual assaults of adolescents and adults. Ms. Abdelnour also served in the Juvenile Division handling delinquency matters and the General Trials Division, where she handled non-capital and capital cases including robberies, carjackings, and homicides. Ms. Abdelnour began working extensively on the untested rape kit project in 2010 as a member of the Special Victims Unit. This led to her appointment as a Lead Attorney on the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force in 2014. As a lead attorney on the Task Force, Ms. Abdelnour was responsible for overseeing the prosecutions resulting from the Task Force investigations, as well as supervising several assistant prosecutors assigned to the Task Force. Ms. Abdelnour has presented at local and national training events/conferences on sexual assault and issues surrounding untested sexual assault kits. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.