Valerie Bribiescas

Project Coordinator, AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative

Valerie Bribiescas is a retired detective with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in Arizona where she specialized in crimes of violence, child abuse, and family violence investigations.  She has over 25 years’ experience as a peace officer, with the majority of her policing career with Tribal law enforcement. Her assignments included field operations, professional standards, administration, records, and criminal investigations.

Valerie is a nationally recognized expert on the cultural complexities of law enforcement operations on tribal lands and advanced forensic interviewing.  She teaches law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and child protection officials culturally based approaches to conducting forensic interviews involving Native American children and adults.  She has taught extensively for the Arizona Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, the Advanced Forensic Interview Training sponsored through Prevent Child Abuse AZ, as well as various Tribal, state, local, and federal agencies.

Valerie holds a Masters Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University, and is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, residing in Chandler, Arizona.