Michigan State University Police Department Lt. Andrea Munford was recognized by End Violence Against Women International with the 2020 Professional Impact Award for her victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to investigating Larry Nassar.
The Professional Impact Award is given annually to individuals whose work has significantly influenced their community’s response to violence against women. Award recipients are recognized for their passionate engagement, heartfelt commitment and tireless dedication to working collaboratively in their communities to ensure victims receive compassionate support and services.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from EVAWI,” Munford said. “Their overall mission and the dedication of each individual in the organization inspire me to continue learning more and doing better every day.”
In addition to serving as a special adviser to the MSU president on issues related to relationship violence and sexual misconduct, Munford leads MSUPD’s Center for Trauma-Informed Investigative Excellence. The center provides educational programs on handling cases of sexual misconduct in a trauma-informed and victim-centered way. She is also a member of MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup.
“Andrea is a credit to her profession. She takes on difficult cases and issues with determination and compassion, always focused on what is best for the survivor,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “I value her counsel as an adviser and appreciate all she has taught us about being trauma-informed. MSU is lucky to have Andrea as a member of our community.”
Munford began her career with MSUPD in 1997. During her career, Munford has been assigned to the Investigative Division, Special Victims Unit, Bike Unit and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit. She was also part of the Ingham County Cold Case Homicide Task Force. Munford received a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from MSU.
EVAWI works to inspire and educate those who respond to gender-based violence, equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to support victims and hold perpetrators accountable.
Munford was scheduled to receive the award on April 14 in Washington, D.C., at the 2020 International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Violence Across the Lifespan. The event was canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the award will be presented at the 2021 conference in Boston.