Joelle Casteix, SNAP Western Regional Director

A former journalist and educator, Joelle Casteix is now a leading national spokesperson and advocate for victims of child sexual abuse.

As the Western Regional Director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Joelle has been interviewed by the major national and international television networks, local and national radio, and the 24-hours news stations. She has been the principal spokesperson in more than 100 regional and national press conferences, fielding questions from local, national and international media on the issues and news affecting victims of childhood sexual abuse. She has also appeared in numerous documentaries and has served as a consultant on a number of feature film projects regarding childhood sexual abuse.

Joelle has also worked and partnered with organizations including the National Center for Victims of Crime, NAPSAC - The National Association to Prevent the Sexual Abuse of Children, RAINN - The Rape and Incest National Network, The Awareness Center, The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Cal State Fullerton and other universities, crisis centers, and national victims rights and support organizations.

In addition to her advocacy, Joelle has dedicated a great portion of her career to changing criminal and civil legislation and statutes of limitation for child sexual abuse. She has testified in front of numerous state legislatures, addressing lawmakers' questions on pending legislation designed to make laws more victim- and child-friendly.

A classically trained operatic soprano, she is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and completed graduate work at the University of Colorado, Denver.