NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE PROSECUTION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Candace Mosley Director
Ms. Mosley is Director of Programs for the National District Attorneys Association. A 1982 graduate of the University of Houston and 1985 graduate of Southern Methodist University School of Law, Ms. Mosley joined the National College of District Attorneys (now, the National District Attorneys Association) in 1993. Prior to that, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Family Criminal Law Division (1989-1993) and General Trial Bureau (1987–1989) of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas; she also served as law clerk to the Honorable Calvin Botley, U.S. Magistrate Judge, Southern District of Texas (1985–1987). Ms. Mosley has lectured for the Attorney General’s Office in Chuuk, Micronesia, the California District Attorneys Association, the Office on Violence Against Women, the National Center for State Courts/ National Criminal Justice Association, the National Black Prosecutors Association and the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network in collaboration with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation and the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence; she also serves on a variety of working groups and advisory committees in the area of domestic violence. She currently manages national training programs, independent contract training programs, the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women, and the National Criminal Justice Academy for NDAA.
Ann Ratnayake Senior Staff Attorney
Ann Ratnayake is a Senior Staff Attorney at NDAA’s the National Center for Prosecution of Violence Against Women. Ann began her career working on children’s issues at the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse. She worked strategically as liaison between state prosecutors and federally funded child abuse initiatives. Ann assisted front-line prosecutors on functioning as a subject matter expert. She has drafted legislation, reports and memorandums on child abuse, neglect and other criminal justice issues. Ann supervised attorneys, communicated with stakeholders and configured grant applications to meet the needs of the field. She also managed and tracked deliverables, and wrote the final, progress, and semiannual reports for 5.9 million dollars of Department of Justice grant funding.
Currently, Ann manages complex trial advocacy trainings, conferences, and writes for NDAA’s publications. Her main area of research focuses on addressing family and domestic violence within the in the framework of the criminal justice system. Her articles include U.S. v. Jones: Signaling Change to Search and Seizure under the Fourth Amendment, Juvenile Sex Offenses: Finding Justice, and Berghuis v. Thompkins: Invocation and Waiver of the Miranda Right to Remain Silent, and The Confrontation Clause After Ohio v. Clark: The Path to Reinvigorating Evidenced-Based Prosecution in Intimate Partner Violence Cases which is slated to be co-published by NDAA and the George Washington Law Review.
Ann has also worked on Capitol Hill for the he Texas 17 District, at the International Trade Administration, and for the Western District of Texas – Waco Division, Federal Court. She is licensed to practice law in both Texas and the District of Columbia Bar. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M University Mays School of Business in 2005 where she received the Ford Foundation Scholar Award, and from Baylor University Law School in 2009 where she was awarded the Alice Gist Dunaway Foundation Professional Responsibility Award and the Dean’s Academic Excellence Award. Ann is an advocate for policies that eradicate domestic violence and child abuse.