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Teresa Huizar is chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based National Children’s Alliance (NCA). The national association and accrediting body for more than 900 Children’s Advocacy Centers and 50 State Chapters, NCA provides training, technical assistance, financial support, and access to innovative research and education to improve outcomes for children. Under Teresa’s leadership, NCA ensures the highest standards of practice, anchored in evidence, for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) delivering comprehensive care to child victims of abuse. She has served at every level in the CAC movement, beginning her career in 1993 at a CAC in Colorado developing psychoeducation curricula. She has subsequently served in executive roles at the local center, the state chapter, the western regional center, and finally with the national organization, which she has led since 2008.