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Danette Buskovick, Director of MNSAC/Training, Research and Communications
Since 2005, Danette Buskovick has been the Director of Training, Research and Communications in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs. Her research experience includes multiple recidivism studies for the state of Minnesota, an analysis of juvenile substance abuse and interventions in Minnesota, and numerous program evaluations, including youth intervention and reentry programs. Currently she is responsible for completing the biennial statewide report on human trafficking for the Minnesota Legislature. Ms. Buskovick was also lead staff to the statewide task force on trafficking between 2006 and 2011 and currently serves on the task forceís steering committee. She just completed a year-long process to develop a victim-centered, trauma-informed statewide model to identify and serve juvenile sex trafficking victims and youth at risk for sexual exploitation. Ms. Buskovick has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master of Social Work in community practice from the University of Minnesota.

Dana Swayze, Juvenile Justice Analyst
Since 2007, Dana Swayze has been the MNSACís Juvenile Justice Analyst. Ms. Swayze compiles and disseminates data on youth in the Minnesota juvenile justice system for federal reports, legislative initiatives, and public consumption. She also collects and reports state-level data on Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) and other requirements of the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act. Ms. Swayze is also part-time staff to the Minnesota Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. Areas of professional interest include addressing DMC in the juvenile justice system and alternatives to secure detention for youth. Prior to her employment with the state, she worked at the county level in a secure juvenile facility and as a juvenile Probation Officer. Her experience providing direct services to youth includes community supervision, cognitive-behavioral treatment, truancy intervention, community-based group facilitation, and youth program development and implementation. She has a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, political science, and social science from the University of St. Thomas (1997), and a Master of Social Work in community practice from the University of Minnesota (2007).

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