JRSA Welcomes New Staff Members

Over the past few months JRSA has welcomed new staff members Kris Lugo and Beth Shuman. In addition, we welcomed Soraya Maesen as our spring intern.

Kris Lugo, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Kristina Lugo earned her Ph.D. in Justice, Law and Criminology at American University in 2016 and her MPA from Georgia State University in 2011. She joined JRSA in January 2017 as a Research Associate working on a study of prosecutors' use of state human trafficking statutes and a research design to estimate the costs of crime victimization. Prior to JRSA, Dr. Lugo was a Senior Criminal Justice Research Associate at CSR, Incorporated, where she managed the Performance Measurement Tool for the Office for Victims of Crime. She has worked on diverse research projects, including the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, organized crime challenges in the Dutch Caribbean, and numerous projects related to human trafficking and violent extremism as a fellow with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).

Beth Shuman, MSW, LCSW-C
Project Manager
Beth Shuman joined the JRSA staff in February 2017 as Project Manager for the National Resource Center for Victim-Related Research and Evaluation. Additionally, she will provide support for new JRSA strategic partnerships. Beth's career spans the non-profit, public and private sectors. Most recently her work with Public Health Management Corporation on multi-disciplinary, innovative best practices in public health and human services focused on developing and leading workforce training and leadership initiatives for the field. Previously, Beth created and led a wide array of mental health, substance abuse and criminal justice programs for high-risk multi-system involved individuals and their families in organizations, schools, hospitals, prisons and communities in the DC metro and Philadelphia regions. Beth is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Soraya Maesen
Soraya Maesen is an international student from Belgium where she studies Social Safety and Security at VIVES University, Kortrijk. She began her internship in January, 2017 and will be with JRSA through May, 2017. She is primarily assisting our State Justice Statistics Program staff with the development of an on-line course on Program Evaluation. She is also assisting our research staff on an as needed basis. Prior to her internship at JRSA, she interned at the Courthouse of Bruges where she studied the network and partner connections of the courthouse in order to improve collaboration.