Stephany is a Mitigation Specialist in the Adolescent Criminal Defense Practice and Education teams at BDS. She received her BA in Psychology with a minor in Forensic Science and Sociology from Syracuse University and obtained her Master in Forensic Psychology from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
During her second year in the master’s program she was placed at BDS in the Adolescent Representation Team as a Pinkerton Graduate Community Fellow. During her 14 month internship placement she witnessed the crucial role the agency plays when defending and empowering individuals facing criminal charges, and as a defense-based advocate, her role was not only to ensure that the best outcome was achieved for the client, but ensure she humanized the client and their experience. During her internship experience she felt extremely passionate about the work she was doing and knew that working at BDS would provide her with the kind of work environment she wanted, and continue to inspire and challenge her youth social justice work. Shortly after graduating, she was thrilled to return back to BDS as a full-time social worker.
While pursuing her master’s degree she worked on several different research projects, including her thesis, which focused on the impact of gender and culture on the therapeutic alliance between workers and justice-involved adolescents.
Stephany is excited and honored to part of the Adolescent Criminal Defense Practice and Education teams at BDS, where she can continue to advocate for system-involved adolescents, and help cultivate a culture that is committed to humanizing the experiences of justice involved individuals.
Stephany is also fluent in Spanish.