Dr. Corrine Sanchez, Tewah Towah from San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM. Corinne is Director of Tewa Women United and the former Program Manager of TWU’s V.O.I.C.E.S. Program, a cultural and linguistic-based model for responding and intervening to sexual violence in Indian Country for child, youth and adult survivors. Corrine is a Forensic Interviewer with over 14 years of experience in the field.
Corrine founded Brave Voices Forensic Interviewing Program in 2003 in Espanola, NM. She was instrumental in the development and establishment of the Rio Arriba/ Los Alamos/ N. Santa Fe County MDT and the Regional Federal MDT. With over 14 years in the development, coordination and facilitation of multi-disciplinary teams, Corinne conducts training on state, city, tribal, federal and international level on responding to and addressing child sexual abuse, sexual assault, cultural competency/ sensitivity, forensic interviewing, advocacy, mandatory reporting, multi-disciplinary teams, youth development, environmental justice, reproductive justice and the empowerment of Indigenous women and girls. She also helped to create the first co-location site in New Mexico for child sexual abuse investigations.
Corinne is a former President of the New Mexico Children’s Safehouse Network, a former board member of the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Board, a former Chair of the Native American Fund of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, a former Vice-President of the NM Environmental Law Center, and is currently the President of the Native American Children’s Alliance, a national organization, addressing child sexual abuse and promoting MDT development in Indian Country.
Tewa Women United
TWU is a collective inter-tribal women’s voice in the Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico. The name Tewa Women United comes from the Tewa words wi don gi mu which translates to “we are one.” Their mission is to provide safe spaces for Indigenous women to uncover the power, strength, and skills they possess to become positive forces for social change in their families and communities.