Odyssey Medal

Chris Newlin, IV

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Chris Newlin, MS LPC, is the Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center where he is responsible for providing leadership and management of the NCAC and participating in national and international training and leadership activities regarding the protection of children.  The NCAC was the first Child Advocacy Center in the world, and continues to provide prevention and intervention services for child abuse in Huntsville/Madison County, AL; and, also houses the NCAC Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC Virtual Training Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO). 

Chris has provided training in more than fifteen countries throughout the world at numerous international conferences, and also provides technical assistance on a regular basis to professionals working to develop Children’s Advocacy Centers throughout the world.  He has worked in both urban and rural Children’s Advocacy Centers; and currently serves on the National Children’s Alliance Board of Directors, the Interdisciplinary Review Team for the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation National Child Protection Advisory Committee, the Boys and Girls Club of America National Child & Club Safety Task Force, the International Association of Chiefs of Police Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee, , the Interstate Commission for Juveniles (Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Member), and the Alabama Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers Board of Directors; is a member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, International Association of the Chiefs of Police, and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers; and was the 2010 recipient of the International Impact Award from the International Services Council of Alabama. 

Chris previously served on the United States-Russian Bi-Lateral Presidential Commission Child Protection Workgroup and as co-chair of the United States-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program Child Protection Working Group.  He graduated from Hendrix College, the University of Central Arkansas, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.