Introduction to the FBI Victim Specialist Role
Recorded On: 01/25/2024
As a vital partner in the FBI’s response to crime, Victim Specialists work directly with FBI Special Agents and serve as the critical link to ensure that victims of crimes investigated by the FBI are provided their rights and are connected to necessary/critical support, services, and resources. For CACs, FBI Victim Specialists are an essential partner in working with families involved in FBI investigations. Join the FBI Victim Specialist program and CACs who work with them to learn about this important role and how CACs and FBI Victim Specialists can work together to provide coordinated and collaborative services for children, youth, and families.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Alyssa Schaefbauer has served for over 20 years in the role of a Victim Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). Located in Pierre, South Dakota, Alyssa is currently one of the 6 Victim Specialists in the State of South Dakota, and her area of responsibility covers 4 federally recognized tribal nations including the Cheyenne River, Lower Brule, Crow Creek and Rosebud Sioux Tribal Nations. In this role, Alyssa served on the original federal Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team, since renamed the Victim Services Response Team, and she has been an active member of the FBI Mentoring Program, assisting new Victim Specialists as they enter their roles. Alyssa provides direct services and on-scene assistance to victims in these areas, including cases involving crimes against children, and through this Alyssa works closely with her local Child Assessment Center (CAC) and Multi Disciplinary Teams. Alyssa is married with four children and in her free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening and attending her children’s activities.
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Avera St. Mary’s Hospital Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center
Angela Lisburg is a certified family nurse practitioner who has been with Avera St. Mary’s Hospital Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center since 2010. Angela started at this Children’s Advocacy Center in Pierre as an as-needed medical provider, evaluating children of alleged abuse approximately one day per week. In 2013, with the resignation of the program’s director; Angela was asked to take on the role of Child Assessment Center Coordinator full-time while continuing as a clinician. She was impressed by the Children’s Advocacy Center model and this important work and was excited to continue serving children and families in South Dakota. In June of 2014, Angela completed training in child forensic interviewing. She is currently recognized as an expert in child forensic interviewing and child abuse medical evaluations. Angela is also involved in community awareness and education projects and participates on four multidisciplinary teams in Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center’s region. Prior to her service at Central South Dakota Child Assessment Center, Angela completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing through South Dakota State University (SDSU) and worked as a Registered Nurse for nine years in critical access hospitals in Minnesota and North Dakota. Angela was the Obstetrics/ Nursery Coordinator for Oakes Community Hospital in Oakes, ND. In 2009, Angela completed her Master of Science in Nursing, also through SDSU, and began family practice in the primary care setting. Angela worked at St. Francis Healthcare Campus-Milnor Clinic in Milnor, ND and South Dakota Urban Indian Health, Inc. in Pierre, SD. Angela is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. She served on the Jolene’s Law Task Force for the Office of the Governor and on the Advisory Board for the Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment. Angela is a member of the SD Justice for Children Committee and serves on the Council of Juvenile Services for the Office of the Governor. She is active on the Board of Directors for Children’s Advocacy Centers of South Dakota and also serves on the Midwest Regional Children’s Advocacy Center Medical Academy Advisory Council. Angela enjoys camping, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.