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Andrew Vachss—Credentials

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Autobiographical Essay, 2003

Attorney and Consultant
New York, NY—1976-present
Individual practice limited to matters concerning children and youth: abuse/neglect, delinquency, custody/visitation, related tort litigation. Formerly specializing in juvenile defense, parole, pre-sentence.
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Director, Juvenile Justice Planning Project
New York, NY—1975-1985
Full supervisory and day-to-day management responsibilities for multi-disciplinary planning and design of service-delivery projects for life-style violent juvenile offenders. National consultant on linkages between child abuse and juvenile delinquency.

Director, Advocacy Associates
New York, NY and Jersey City, NJ—1973-1975
Day-to-day management of organization of criminal justice professionals. Prepared criminological and legislative analysis of the NJ Parole Board in cooperation with maximum security prisoners in NJ penal facilities.

Planner-Analyst, Crime Control Coordinator's Office
New York, NY—1974-1975
Responsible for evaluation and monitoring of DCJS projects; designed and analyzed proposals for novel DCJS projects.

Project Director, Department of Youth Services
Boston, MA—1972-1973
Chief designer and manager of deinstitutionalization models for state's juvenile "training schools" and detention centers.

Director, Intensive Treatment Unit (ANDROS II)
Roslindale, MA—1972-1973
Full supervisory and day-to-day management responsibilities for special maximum security institution focusing on treatment of "aggressive-violent" juvenile offenders. Planning and oversight of entire operation including staffing, training, programs, and treatment.

Deputy Director, Medfield-Norfolk Prison Project
Medfield, MA—1971-1972
Supervisory and management responsibilities for experimental resocialization and medical services program for state prisoners on-site at state mental hospital.

Director, Libra, Inc.
Cambridge, MA—1971-1972
Full supervisory and day-to-day management responsibilities for community-based re-entry program serving former federal, state, and juvenile prisoners returning to area.

Director, Uptown Community Organization
Chicago, IL—1970-1971
Full supervisory and day-to-day management responsibilities for private advocacy and social service agency, offering community-based services to urban migrant population.

Organizer/Coordinator, Calumet Community Congress
Calumet, IN—1970
Field organization and coordination of founding convention for county-wide, non-aligned political organization focusing on community action addressing local social concerns.

Urban Coordinator, Community Development Foundation
Norwalk, CT—1969-1970
Training Department: multiple assignments, including direct services and preparation of materials, from print to video, following return from special international assignment to war zone of Biafra (now Nigeria).

Unit Supervisor, Department of Social Services
New York, NY—1966-1969
Full supervisory and day-to-day management responsibilities for multi-faceted urban casework team (promotions from prior field positions: caseworker, senior caseworker).

Program Representative, U.S. Public Health Service
Field investigator/interviewer for Task Force on Eradication of Syphilis; special investigative assignments for clinic, hospital, and institutional data-gathering.


New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
J.D., magna cum laude, June, 1975

Editor-in-Chief, New England Law Review, 1974-1975
Amos L. Taylor Graduation Award for Scholastic Excellence, 1975
Board of Trustees Full Scholarships: 1973-1974, 1974-1975
Moot Court Board (Post-Conviction Section) 1973-1975
American Jurisprudence Awards:
Criminal Law, Contracts, Domestic Relations, Administrative Law
West Annual Hornbook Student Award (First-in-class rank) 1973

Case Western Reserve University
LLD (hon.), 2004

Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
B.A., 1965

Professional Fellowships

John Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow, 1976-1977
Industrial Areas Foundation Training Institute Fellow, 1970-1971
United States Public Health Service Interviewing School, 1965

Honors & Awards

A/V Peer Review (highest rating) by Martindale-Hubbell
LL.D. (Hon.) Case Western Reserve University, 2004
First Annual Harvey R. Houck Award (Justice for Children), 2003
First Annual Illuminations Award (St. Vincent's Center National Child Abuse Prevention Program), 2003
Childhelp Congressional Award, 1994
John Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow, 1976
Industrial Areas Foundation Training Institute Fellow, 1970

Literary Awards

Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére, 1988, for Strega [as La Sorciere de Brooklyn (Albin Michel)]

The Falcon Award, 1988, Maltese Falcon Society of Japan, for Strega (Hayakawa)

Deutschen Krimi Preis, Die Jury des Bochumer Krimi Archivs, 1989, for Flood [as Kata (Ullstein)]

Raymond Chandler Award (per Giurìa a Noir in Festival, Courmayeur, Italy), 2000, for body of work

Professional Associations

Board of Counselors:
ChildTrauma Academy
Houston, TX

(Past) Member, Expert Advisory Panel on Catastrophic Child Abuse
New York State Office of Mental Health

Professional Memberships

PEN American Center
Writers Guild of America


Legislative Drafting Institute for Child Protection, Founding Member

Written Works


The Life-Style Violent Juvenile: The Secure Treatment Approach, 1979
The Child Abuse-Delinquency Connection — A Lawyer's View, 1989
The Parole Denial Process in New Jersey — Ad Hoc Parole Committee Public Information Report Number 1, 1975

All also available as ebooks and audiobooks

A Bomb Built in Hell, 1973; Flood, 1985; Strega, 1987; Blue Belle, 1988; Hard Candy, 1989; Blossom, 1990; Sacrifice, 1991; Shella, 1993; Down in the Zero, 1994; Footsteps of the Hawk, 1995; Batman: The Ultimate Evil, 1995; False Allegations, 1996; Safe House, 1998; Choice of Evil, 1999; Dead and Gone, 2000; Pain Management, 2001; Only Child, 2002; The Getaway Man, 2003; Down Here, 2004; Two Trains Running, 2005; Mask Market, 2006; Terminal, 2007; Another Life, 2008; Haiku, 2009; The Weight, 2010; That's How I Roll, 2012; Blackjack, 2012.

Graphic Novels

Hard Looks, 1996, 2002, 2012; Batman: The Ultimate Evil, 1995.

Another Chance To Get It Right, 1993, 2003.

Collected Short Stories

Born Bad, 1994; Everybody Pays, 1999; Mortal Lock, 2013.

Collected Articles and Essays


Presentations: Speeches, Lectures, Training

Ad Hoc Parole Committee, NJ State Prisons
Alaska Statewide Juvenile Justice Conference
American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Jurisprudence Section
American Society of Criminology
Arca Foundation
Arizona Governor's Juvenile Justice Conference
Arthur D. Little, Inc.
Association of Judges of the Family Court of the State of New York
Boston University School of Law
Child Placement Review Board (NJ)
Cheshire County (NH) Chiefs of Police Association
Child Welfare League of America
Children's Justice Conference (6th Annual), Washington State (CLE)
CUNY Adaptor Program
Cleveland Federation for Community Planning
Columbia University School of Social Work, Child Sexual Abuse Training
Community Development Foundation, (Norwalk, CT)
Community Research Center (Champaign, IL)
Connecticut Department of Personnel, Corrections Division
Crimes Against Children Conference, Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas (Dallas, TX)
Eastern Regional Conference on Abuse and Multiple Personality (CME)
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Economic Development Council
Elmcor Narcotics Program
Exchange Club/Dick Webber Center, Mock Trial (CLE)
Florida Network of Youth and Family Services
Fordham University
Georgia Center for the Book
Georgia Institute of Continuing Judicial Education
Hostos Community College
Inter-Association Child Care Conference
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Johns Hopkins University
Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center (Grand Rounds, CME)
La Raza Unida (South Bronx, NY)
Law Guardian Training Program, NYS Ninth Judicial District (CLE)
Juvenile Defense and Child Protective Litigation (CLE)
League of Women Voters (NY)
Lenox Hill Hospital (NY)
Louisiana Agenda for Children
Maryland Governor's Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect
Mercy College
Mississippi Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse (CLE)
National Association of Counsel for Children (CLE)
National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
National Association of Counties Research
National College of Juvenile Justice
National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, New York State Chapter
National Conference of Black Lawyers
National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges
National Office for Social Responsibility
National State Advisory Groups on Juvenile Justice
National Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse
National Children's Advocacy Center
National Youth Work Alliance
New Hampshire Department of Corrections Field Service Unit
New York County Lawyers' Association (CLE and Trial Demonstration Programs)
New York State Bar Association
New York State Bureau of Forensic Services
New York State Bureau of Prosecution and Defense Services
New York State Council of Voluntary Family and Child Care Agencies
NYU School of Law
New Orleans Writers' Conference
Northeastern Family Institute
Oklahoma State Bar Association (CLE)
Oregon's Agenda for Children, Youth, and Families
Oregon Youth Authority
Pennsylvania Office of Children, Youth, and Families
Redd Barna [Save the Children, Norway]
Save Our Children Organization (MN)
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NY)
South Carolina Youth Services
Southeastern Network of Runaway, Youth and Family Services
Southern Legislators Conference
St. Luke's (IA) Hospital Child Protection Center (CLE)
Support Center for Child Advocates
Texas Child Protective Services, Statewide Conference
Touro College of Law, Women's Bar Association
United Way of Central Maryland
University Medical Center Mississippi (CME)
University of Northern Colorado Writer's Conference
U.S. Campaign to End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism (ECPAT)
U.S. Congressional Subcommittee on Libraries and the Internet
U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Regional Workshops
Virginia Juvenile Officers Association
Wake County (NC) Department of Social Services Coalition
Westinghouse National Issues Center
Youth Services Alliance of Pennsylvania

Representative List: Not Comprehensive


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