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Meet Virginia

Virginia is a Licensed Private Investigator, Behavioral Analyst, Consultant, Certified Hostage Negotiator, Chaplain, and Author and has been working and studying in the field of violent crimes for over two decades. In her role as an investigator and profiler she has served the private sector as well as law enforcement and government officials both in the United States and abroad. Her primary areas of focus have been violent crimes investigations, behavioral profiling and analysis, cold cases, and wrongful convictions. She holds a Ph. D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Louisville. 


Virginia has an unquenchable thirst for the truth and is passionate about helping others find answers. This drive for truth extends beyond the world of investigations. As a survivor of multiple traumatic and violent events Virginia understands firsthand the brokenness that can result from that kind of pain.


Virginia is active in the community as a teacher, motivational coach, and lecturer helping people of all backgrounds find hope and healing for life's darkest moments. Drawing on her unique insights into human behavior, as well as her own personal experiences in navigating through significant trauma and loss, Virginia provides a road map for breaking free of the lies and shame that keep us from living our best life possible. For more information on speaking engagements, trainings, and other services offered, please click the "Services" tab!

Fall 2021 Interns

University of Louisville & Northern Kentucky University

Peyton Rodgers


My name is Peyton  and I am a senior at the University of Louisville and pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. I chose Braden Investigations for my internship because I have always been intrigued in how the investigative process works in real life cases. My future plan is to attend Brandeis Law in Fall 2022. When I graduate, I want to open my own practice and begin my career as a defense attorney. I would love to open a practice somewhere warm!

Carlos Sanchez

My name is Carlos, and I am a senior at Northern Kentucky University majoring in Criminal Justice and a minor in Spanish. I chose this internship because I wanted to see the real experience and it can guide me into the environment that I wish to work in someday. My future goal(s) would be enlisting in the police academy either locally or in another state or hopes of working within a federal agency and achieve to make a difference in our society. 


Aissa Guerra


My name is Aissa and I’m originally from Brownsville, a town on the southernmost border of Texas. I moved to Northern Kentucky in 2005 and have lived around the area ever since. Currently, I’m a junior at Northern Kentucky University in the Criminal Justice program and I also volunteer with Women Helping Women, an organization that serves survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. I have plans to take the LSAT next June and attend law school with hopes to eventually work at the Department of Justice, either in the Civil Rights Division or Office on Violence Against Women. 

As soon as I read that Dr. Braden worked on cold cases and wrongful convictions, I decided this internship was a perfect fit for me. I have a deep passion for justice, the truth, and am also always excited to utilize my critical thinking skills and learn from hands on experience. I believe that interning with Dr. Braden will give me an invaluable opportunity to see how our criminal justice system works, and I also believe that my interests in philosophy, literature, and human and civil rights will be a great addition to the team. 

Gavin Joyce

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My name's Gavin. I'm a Criminal Justice student at UofL going into my junior year. I chose this internship because of the unique opportunity provided to get my feet wet in the criminal justice system outside of traditional law enforcement positions. I'm very excited to get hands-on experience with investigative work and play a role in the pursuit of justice. In the future, I hope to either pursue a career in law, law enforcement, or academia focusing on Criminal Justice.

Alix Behrens


Hey! My name is Alix Behrens and I live in Napa, California. I am currently in my 3rd and final semester at University of Louisville working towards my Masters of Science in Criminal Justice. I graduated in 2015 from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Criminology as well as a minor in psychology. I currently work as a behavioral assistant at a pre-school working with children who have been diagnosed with Autism.


When it comes to my future career in Criminal Justice, I don’t know exactly what it looks like. I have spent my entire professional career working with children at after school programs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and as a substitute teacher. I have worked in the restaurant industry as well, but working with children is my passion. I would love to find a way to shape a career that marries together my passion of working with children and my intense interest in criminal justice.


I can’t wait to start my work at Braden Investigations. Having the opportunity to work on real life cases is something I have not yet had the chance to do but I feel like this semester is going to really open up doors that I had never even thought about. Finally being able to put all of my educational experience to work in the real world is something I am really looking forward to!"

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