A widely known child protection and anti-violence against women advocate, legal expert, author and public speaker, Roger Canaff has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children.
A practicing attorney, Roger has devoted his legal career to the eradication of violence against women and children, first as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia then as a Special Victims ADA in the Bronx, New York, and as an Assistant Attorney General with the state of New York. With more than 10 years experience, he has prosecuted cases involving sexual and physical abuse against children and adolescents, and also sexual assault against adults, the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Roger served in the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, a unit of the National District Attorneys Association in Alexandria, Virginia for two years between assignments as an ADA. He continues to provide training and speak publicly to other attorneys, medical experts, law enforcement officers, victim advocates and the public on all issues related to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and sexual assault.
Currently Roger serves on the Board of Directors as president of End Violence Against Women International (EVAW), an organization that provides training, technical assistance, research and advocacy. He was also featured in two multi—media resource tools: One a training video sponsored by the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) on presenting medical evidence in sexual assault trials, and the other an interactive DVD-ROM produced under the U.S. Department of Justice, President’s DNA Initiative, on developing testifying skills as a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner.
Roger took a position as a Highly Qualified Expert in June 2009 for the Department of the Army assisting military prosecutors in investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases within the armed forces. He left federal service in February, 2012 and now trains and consults privately nationally and internationally. He is also a charter member of CounterQuo, an organization of allied professionals challenging the way our culture responds to sexual violence (www.counterquo.org).