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Jennifer Puthoff


Jennifer Puthoff joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Victim Services Unit in January 2021. She has extensive background in education, health, and human services.

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Margarita Villa-Castañeda

Margarita Villa-Castañeda


Margarita is a Victim Advocate with the District Attorney’s Office. Born and raised in Bogotá-Colombia, where she graduated in Visual Arts.

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Michelle Cabrales

District Attorney Victim Advocate

Michelle was born in Durango, Mexico and has been a San Jose, CA resident for most of her life. Michelle has a Bachelor’s in Science from Cal State East Bay and plans to pursue her master’s degree in Social Work.

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Elvia Enriquez

District Attorney Victim Advocate

Elvia is a Victim Advocate with the Office of the District Attorney and has been with the County of Santa Clara for over 20 years. Elvia has dedicated her career to helping her community and much of her professional career has been supporting young survivors of sexual and physical abuse.

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Cathy Hjelt

Cathy Hjelt

District Attorney Victim Advocate

Cathy is a Victim Advocate with the Office of the District Attorney. A San Jose native and graduate of San Jose State University, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development.

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Kathryn Sims

Kathryn "Kalee" Sims

Forensic interviewer

Kathryn has been a child forensic interviewer for the past two years and retired as a lieutenant with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety. She has over 20 years of experience interviewing children and youth.

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Lydia Cardoza

Forensic interviewer

Lydia is a Forensic Interviewer at the CAC. Lydia has a law enforcement background and has experience working with children and families who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Marlene Sturm

Dr. Marlene Sturm

Medical director

Marlene A. Sturm, MD has served as the Medical Director at the Children’s Advocacy Center since the Center’s opening. Dr. Sturm has been a pediatrician for more than thirty years.

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Dr. Caitlyn Kurinsky


Dr. Caitlyn Kurinsky is a board-certified pediatrician at the Medical Clinic at the Children’s Advocacy Center, where she helps provide care for children who may have experienced abuse and neglect.

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Mary Ritter

Mary Ritter

Physician's Assistant

Mary Ritter is a physician assistant (soon to be called “physician associate”) who has been working in pediatric medicine for over 40 years, the last 34 as the primary medical examiner of child sexual abuse at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s Center for Child Protection, and now at the Children’s Advocacy Center.

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Sunaya Pydah

Sunayana Pydah

Physician Assistant

Sunny is a certified Physician Assistant working with children who have experienced abuse or neglect and is trained in Pediatric Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations.

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Sarah Oliveira

Program Manager II

Sarah Oliveira joined Santa Clara Valley Healthcare in April 2023 and currently serves as the CAC’s Program Manager for the Medical Clinic.

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Lianna Flores


Lianna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for the Youth Center for Evaluation and Advocacy and serves as one of the mental health therapists working with children and youth of the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).

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Angelica Longa, LCSW

Angelica Longa, LCSW

Angelica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked for the County of Santa Clara for the past 18 years providing a variety of services for vulnerable populations.

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Mayra Galindo

Mayra Galindo

YWCA Victim Advocate

Mayra has twelve years of experience working with the YWCA providing counseling and advocacy to children and families who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Samantha Ledesma Garcia

YWCA Victim Advocate

Samantha is a Victim Advocate with the YWCA. She was born in Tijuana, Mexico, but raised in San Jose, CA for most of her life.

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Debbie Ruiz

Community Solutions Victim Advocate

Debbie has been an Advocate with Community Solutions for over 22 years supporting survivors of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Abuse.

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Antonio Padilla

Law Enforcement Liaison

Antonio Padilla works as Law Enforcement Liaison for Santa Clara County, Dept. of Family and Children Services (DFCS). His current role is to facilitate a collaborative relationship between DFCS, Law Enforcement, and other county agencies to address child abuse challenges.

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