Katrina Ann Butler
Senior Social Worker & Sentencing Advocate, Criminal Defense Practice
Katrina Butler is a Social Worker and Bilingual Sentencing Advocate at Brooklyn Defender Services. Katrina received her Master’s Degree in Social Work with Honors from Hunter College in December 2008, and was the recipient of the Reva Fine Holtzman Family Award for Excellence in Fieldwork, 2008. She also holds a Master’s in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Sociology from Temple University.
Over the course of her 23 year career, Katrina has helped thousands of clients in a variety of capacities. After graduating college, she returned to New York where she taught GED, Adult Basic Education and College Prep classes. She went on to work for several non-profit organizations including as the Girl’s Club of New York, Advocates for Children of New York Inc. and Women in Need Inc. before joining the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment services (CASES), an alternative to incarceration program that provides educational, vocational and counseling services to felony offenders in lieu of jail.
After several years of dedicated service at C.A.S.E.S, working as a Case Manager and Court Representative Katrina was promoted to Director of Case Management. Her interest in Criminal Justice led her to complete a master’s degree at John Jay College in 1997. Also that year, she joined Brooklyn Defender Services as Bilingual Sentencing Advocate, where she currently works in conjunction with the attorneys to provide all BDS clients with appropriate social services such as assessments and referrals to mental health, substance abuse, vocational and educational programs as well as advocates for them in Supreme, Criminal and Family Court.
Katrina Butler is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn, where she currently resides. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and enjoys traveling to Brazil where she works with local Brazilian organizations to provide food and clothing to indigent children.