Division Chief, Violence Prevention and Crime Victims Services, Office of the Illinois Attorney General
Christelle Perez is the division chief for the Violence Prevention and Crime Victims Services Division with the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. In this capacity, she provides leadership to staff in the administration of various victim’s services programs including the Illinois Address Confidentiality Program, the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, the Crime Victims Compensation Program, the Statewide Victims Assistance Program, and the Violent Crime Victims Assistance Grant Program. She has extensive experience utilizing a victim-centered approach. As a prosecutor, Christelle has over 20 years of legal practice experience that includes working with victims and advocates and assisting individuals traumatized by domestic battery, child sexual abuse and sexual assault. She has also worked extensively with family members and various health care professionals to ensure individuals suffering from severe mental illness receive court–ordered involuntary commitment and/or treatment. Prior to her current position, Christelle was chief of the Crime Victims Compensation Bureau. She also worked in the Illinois Attorney General’s Sexually Violent Persons Unit prosecuting numerous cases that involved various stages of the Sexually Violent and Sexually Dangerous Person Commitment proceedings. Prior to joining the State, she served in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for more than 12 years in a variety of areas and worked as a staff attorney in the Cook County Juvenile Court’s Child Protection Division. Christelle also has provided numerous trainings, taught courses, and led presentations on a wide variety of subjects.