Red Hook Community Justice Center Staff

Albert Barnes
Help Desk Associate, Red Hook Community Justice Center

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Amanda Berman
Project Director, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Amanda Berman is the project director of the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the nation's first multi-jurisdictional community court. Ms. Berman leads an interdisciplinary team of staff members who assess and link defendants with services, monitor compliance, oversee community restitution projects, assist victims, and collaborate with government and community stakeholders to promote principles of procedural justice, community engagement, and problem-solving. Prior to joining the Center for Court Innovation, Ms. Berman served as the senior director of court advocacy for the Fortune Society, where she oversaw court operations for alternative-to-incarceration programs. Ms. Berman began her career as a public defender at The Bronx Defenders, where she represented clients on cases ranging from misdemeanors to violent felonies and homicides. She also served as a trainer, supervisor, and team leader at the organization. Ms. Berman holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. from Brown University.

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James Brodick
Director of Brooklyn Community Justice Centers – Red Hook & Brownsville

James Brodick oversees the operations of the Brooklyn Community Justice Centers, including the Brownsville Community Justice Center and the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Currently in the planning stage, the Brownsville Community Justice Center is the Center for Court Innovation's newest operating program. Mr. Brodick is working with the New York State Office for Court Administration, elected officials, the Kings County District Attorney's Office, the New York Police Department, community organizations, and residents to build support and raise money for the project. Brownsville will be modeled after the award-winning Red Hook Community Justice Center—the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court—which Mr. Brodick directed for seven years. Since joining the Center for Court Innovation in 1998, Mr. Brodick has held several positions, including director of NYC Community Clean-up and deputy director and director of community programs in Red Hook. Mr. Brodick is a graduate of Saint John's University and is a New York State certified mediator.

Sabrina Carter
Coordinator of Youth and Community Programs, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Sabrina Carter is the coordinator of Youth and Community Programs at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation and the nation's first multi-jurisdictional community court. Ms. Carter first joined the Center for Court Innovation/Red Hook Community Justice Center 10 years ago as a Red Hook Youth Court member and since then has participated in numerous youth programs at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. She later joined the Americorps program and, following her two years of service as an Americorps member, she then worked as a program associate developing the Staten Island Youth Court in 2008. In 2010 she rejoined the Red Hook Community Justice Center as the coordinator of the Red Hook Youth Court where she now oversees and coordinates all the youth programming at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. Sabrina obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College for Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology in May 2009.

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Basma Eldweik
Lead Community Justice Facilitator

Basma Eldweik is the lead community justice facilitator for Civil Alternatives, the project that operates the community service aspect of New York City's Criminal Justice Reform Act. The law shifts many low-level summonses to civil, not criminal, court. Basma has been with the Center for Court Innovation since 2010 in a number of roles at the Midtown Community Court and at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. She also coordinated the Alternative to Detention program at the Staten Island Youth Justice Center where she was responsible for developing and operating long-term programming for Family Court-involved youth. She has her B.A. and M.A. in International Crime and Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Derek Goddard
Community Service Supervisor, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Luz Gonzalez
Community Relations Assistant, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Molly Hongola
Clinical Director, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Ronell Jack
Assistant Facilities Manager, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Yolaine Menyard
Associate Director, Research-Practice Strategies

Yolaine Menyard is the associate director of Research-Practice Strategies at the Center for Court Innovation, which synergizes the agency’s three primary areas of work: research, operating programs, and expert assistance. Research-Practice Strategies seeks to improve justice system responses to both defendants and victims, to promote racial justice, and to expand the use of restorative practices. Ms. Menyard works on the development of holistic evidence-informed and evidence-generating practices, including assessment instruments and short-term interventions. Prior to joining Research-Practice Strategies, Ms. Menyard was responsible for managing all aspects of clinical operations for the Alternatives to Incarceration Department at the Red Hook Community Justice Center. She joined the Center in 2011, and was a leader in developing trauma-informed and racial and culturally responsive programming for justice-involved individuals. Her prior work has focused on providing services to young people with serious mental health issues, adults transitioning from jail and prison, and undocumented survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Menyard is a licensed master social worker in the State of New York. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, and received her MSW from the University of Chicago.

Nora Offen
Senior Social Worker, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Jacqueline Soto
Director of Court Operations, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Ms. Soto has been a part of the Justice Center since October 2001. Ms. Soto is responsible for assisting with the oversite of Criminal Court, including the daily operations of the Alternatives to Incarceration department. Ms. Soto has an implicit working knowledge of the Justice Center’s technical operations, the intricacies of work flow and compliance monitoring. In her time at the Justice Center Ms. Soto has held several roles including AmeriCorps Member, and Coordinator of Alternative to Incarceration. Ms. Soto seamlessly integrates a deep appreciation for court operations with an even deeper appreciation, respect, and care for the community.

Melissa Torres
Office, Facilities, and Community Relations Manager, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Melissa has worked at the Justice Center for over ten years and started as an administrative assistant after obtaining her Associate of Occupational Studies. With past experience in office management; she had a smooth transition into the role as Facilities Manager and quickly grew a passion for maintaining a community building that provides so many services to her neighborhood. Melissa, recently took on the role as Community Relations Manager; where she keeps the Red Hook community fully aware of all the services offered at the Justice Center, local schools, organizations, and community centers.

Erica Vitucci
Senior Intake Specialist, Red Hook Community Justice Center

Contact
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  • New York, NY 10018
  • phone: 646.386.3100
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  • Syracuse, NY 13204
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