Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ericka Echavarria currently runs her own consulting business as a mitigation specialist which involves making the case for life on behalf of clients in capital murder cases through the use of comprehensive psychosocial investigations and narratives, as well as delivering sentencing advocacy for clients in the federal and state criminal justice system.
After being an advocate for several years in the fields of law and social work, her expertise lies in the following: criminal and family law, child welfare, school social work, addiction, trauma, mental health, and case management. Her work has included advocating for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, families and children in the child welfare and family court system, men and women struggling with addiction, children facing learning, emotional, behavioral, and psychological difficulties in schools, and defendants in the federal and state criminal justice system. Additionally, Ericka has provided technical assistance to other advocates who interface or provide services to many of these clients by conducting trainings in areas of mental health, self-awareness/diversity, motivation and behavior management.
Ericka received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 2008, and her Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School in 2002.