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. His responsibilities have included being an an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Alexandria, Virginia, a Senior Attorney with the National District Attorneys Association, a Special Victims ADA in the Bronx, New York, a Deputy Chief with the Sex Offender Management Unit in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and a Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) with the United States Army. With more than 20 years experience, he has prosecuted and consulted on cases involving sexual and physical abuse against children and adolescents, and also sexual assault against adults, the elderly and persons with disabilities.
Roger also served as president of the Board of Directors of End Violence Against Women International, an organization that provides training, technical assistance, research and advocacy. He was 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 left federal service with the U.S. Army in February, 2012 and now teaches undergraduate and law school classes, and trains and consults privately, both nationally and internationally. He is a charter member of CounterQuo, an organization of allied professionals challenging the way our culture responds to sexual violence.
Most recently he became a consultant with Justice3D.com, a leading educator in issues related to investigating and prosecuting sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence cases.
“Roger Canaff works hard to promote understanding and collaboration between law enforcement and other disclipines in the fight to end violence against women.”
San Diego Police Department (Ret.)
Founder and Executive Director of End Violence Against Women, International
“Legal expert Roger Canaff has an incredible inner strength and determination to work with the most difficult predators in the world. He is passionate and tireless in his mission to bring justice to those who have no voice. Roger’s work ethic and sense of duty are inspirational.”
—Dr. Belisa Vranich
Clinical psychologist, media personality and author
New York, NY
“In a cultural environment in which the challenges faced by victims at trial are too often obscured or ignored, Roger Canaff brings an informed, clear and much-needed voice to the table. Reasoned even as he is impassioned, Roger’s insights as a former prosecutor help make the law and its real-world implications more easily understandable to a wide range of audiences. His is an important and, when necessary, provocative perspective, one that challenges too often accepted stereotypes about victims and the law.”
Author and Public Speaker
Founder, Voices and Faces Project
“As technological advances in forensic medicine increase, it is crucial for legal professionals to be fully prepared to utilize medical expertise and work productively with forensic medical professionals. Roger Canaff has been at the forefront of bridging the gap between law and forensic medicine, and works to promote understanding, collaboration and professionalism between these two groups. This furthers the cause of justice and better serves victims of sexual violence.”
—Linda E. Ledray
RN, Ph.D., SANE-A, FAAN
Director, SANE-SART Resource Service