|Title:||Children's Justice Act Coordinator
|Department:||Children's Law Center
School of Law
1300 Pickens Street
Mandy Bowden is the Children’s Justice Act Coordinator for the Children’s Law Center at the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. She coordinates the South Carolina Children’s Justice Act Task Force which is comprised of over 30 multidisciplinary child abuse professionals across the state. She facilitates accomplishment of Task Force recommendations and related training programs and projects for the Children’s Law Center. Ms. Bowden received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with an emphasis in Criminology, and a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Criminal Justice.
Ms. Bowden served as a Child Victim/Witness Advocate as part of a special child abuse prosecution unit of the South Carolina Commission on Prosecution Coordination. During this time, she travelled the state assisting a Child Abuse Attorney Specialist with the investigation and preparation of criminal court cases involving child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, or homicide. Prior to that, Ms. Bowden was a Victim Services Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice where she helped establish a victim services program for the agency and implemented a victim impact panel in Richland County. She has worked or volunteered with an array of organizations in the criminal justice area, including law enforcement (SLED), the Criminal Justice Academy, guardian ad litem programs, children’s advocacy centers, rape crisis centers, solicitor’s offices, non-profits, and state agencies.
- M.C.J., Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina
- B.A., Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania