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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 2022 Interns

University of Louisville
Northern Kentucky University
University of Dayton
University of Cincinnati
Tiffin University
Purdue University
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Madison Central High School

WELCOME!

Gavin 

Megan

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Case Lead

University of Louisville

Senior - Criminal Justice Major 

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.

Abby

Case Lead
University of Louisville

Masters - Criminal Justice
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I recently obtained a Bachelor’s in CJ from the University of Louisville and am now in their Accelerated Master’s Program. My long-term career goals are to obtain a Master’s then PhD in Criminal Justice and to work as an investigator. I participated in an internship with Braden Investigations in Spring 2022 with hopes of learning from Dr. Braden and my fellow interns. Dr. Braden’s passion for what she does, and her focus on wrongful convictions and cold cases, really piqued my interest. After completing my initial semester in the internship, I have remained as a volunteer intern, starting my third semester this Fall. I hope to come away from the internship with a greater knowledge of how all parts of the Criminal Justice system can work together more successfully. 

Case Lead
University of Louisville

Masters - Criminal Justice

I am currently working on my Masters in Criminal Justice at University of Louisville, graduating in fall of 2022. I received my Bachelors in psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2009.
It has always been my dream to enter the field of criminal justice as a behavior analyst and eventually become a hostage negotiator. I made the decision to go back to school after the unexpected loss of my husband. This heartbreaking loss gave me the strength, motivation, and determination to turn my dreams into a reality while also enabling me to show my five-year-old daughter that it is never too late to learn something new. I am beyond honored to work with Dr. Braden and bring peace to the families who have been left with so many unanswered questions for far too long.

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DaKila

Northern Kentucky University

Criminal Justice Major

I recently graduated from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with my Associates in Applied Science and Criminal Justice Core Certificate. I currently attend Northern Kentucky University working towards my Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. I am currently deciding on whether to be a homicide detective or a lawyer. I chose Dr. Braden's internship to gain more knowledge and skills within the private investigator career field and other career opportunities within the criminal justice field.

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Riley

University of Dayton

Junior - Criminal Justice Major

Social Work Minor

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I am entering into my junior year at the University of Dayton. I am currently majoring in criminal justice studies with a minor in social work. This field has always fascinated me, and I love the idea of being able to help others through pursuing my passions. My goal, although I am always seeking new opportunities, is to contribute to the criminal justice system through social work, investigative work, or possibly pretrial services. After hearing more about Dr. Braden’s story, and the work she does for others, I knew that this internship would offer a place for me to grow in my own knowledge while still helping others. I am so grateful to have this opportunity and I can't wait to get started!

Isabelle

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University of Dayton

Junior - Biology Major

Neuroscience Minor

I am a rising Junior at the University of Dayton currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology and a minor in neuroscience. My future goal, whether it be in the medical field or in criminal justice, is to have a career where I can help people and make a difference in their lives. After meeting with Dr. Braden and hearing her story and life experiences, I instantly knew I would love to do this internship. The work that she does for others and the impact it makes is incredible and inspiring. This internship is a wonderful opportunity to expand my knowledge in this field and to help people in a different way than what I have been doing in the medical field. I hope to gain knowledge and experience, and I am so excited to get started!

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Rhianna

Northern Kentucky University

Senior- Criminal Justice Major

Psychology & Pre-law minors

In the future, I plan to be a lawyer. I have an interest in human rights; specifically in helping those who have been disproportionately impacted and cast aside by the criminal justice system. Because of the area I plan to go into, I wanted to be a part of this internship. I am eager to learn more, gain experiences, and help others find justice through this opportunity.

Maggie

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University of Cincinnati

Senior- Criminal Justice Major

Political Science Minor

I am a fourth year at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in either investigative work or legal and policy advocacy. I chose this internship because I believe Dr. Braden's work is inspiring. Her focus on wrongful convictions and cold cases piqued my interest- I am passionate about obtaining justice for those who need it from all avenues. I am excited to gain hands-on experience in investigations and ultimately helping individuals and families affected by horrible wrong-doings. 

Lindsey

Tiffin University

Senior- Forensic Psychology Major

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I aspire to work heavily in the criminal justice field doing psychological research and investigative works! My goal is to be able to apply my passion and knowledge of psychology to the world of criminology in hopes of helping to create a better system of justice! I chose this internship after getting to know about what Dr. Braden does. I was immediately intrigued knowing there was an opportunity out there for me to be able to work with someone who does amazing work and to gain real life experience in the criminal justice system! I'm very excited to be able to learn more about the things I am so passionate about!

Chloe

University of Louisville

Senior- Criminal Justice Major

Psychology Minor

Brooke

University of Louisville

Senior - Criminal Justice Major

As a current senior at the University of Louisville, I am hoping to gain more experience and knowledge through the Braden Investigations Internship by working with cold cases and Jane and John Doe cases. I have always had my mind set on becoming a crime scene investigator because it will allow me to bring justice to victims and their survivors. After talking with Dr. Braden, I have realized how important crime scene evidence is and how much it can prevent injustices. I hope that in working next to Dr. Braden I will continue to be guided down the right path to pursuing my career’s purpose!

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Frankie

University of Louisville

Junior - Criminal Justice Major

My career goal is to become a corporate or medical lawyer. I then hope to be able to work alongside the Innocence Project and help people get exonerated. I chose this internship because I wanted to one day work with the Innocence Project. I like how there are people out there who have so much sympathy for the families that don’t get their answers, and I would love to be a part of that in any way I can.

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I’m a senior at the University of Louisville this year! My major is Criminal Justice, and my minor is Psychology. I chose Braden Investigations for my internship because it not only will give me a glimpse into the criminal investigation side of things, but I will also get to see/learn how to speak up for those who cannot! Whether someone is a victim or someone is wrongfully convicted, everyone deserves to have a voice -- and that voice can be mine one day. I eventually would like to be a forensic analyst or a crime scene analyst, but this internship with Braden Investigations will really help me decide where my heart lies. Thank you, Dr. Braden, for this opportunity to not only see the difference but also be the difference!

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Olivia

University of Louisville

Senior - Criminal Justice Major

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I am a senior at the University of Louisville majoring in criminal justice.  I am hoping to work in victim’s advocacy after I graduate in May. I chose to work under Dr. Braden because of her notable passion for the criminal justice system. I am eager to learn from her and all her experience! 

Brittney

University of Louisville

Senior - Criminal Justice Major

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I chose Braden Investigations to do my internship with because I have always been interested in investigation. I have a deep passion for getting families some sort of closure. The internship at Braden Investigations will give me hands on experience in something I love doing. My goal is to eventually become a homicide investigator or work as a crime scene analyst. I want to be able to help make a difference in solving cases, and help families get justice for the ones they love. Getting this opportunity to me is like a dream come true.

Nel

Purdue University - Bachelor in Communication

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign - Masters in Library and Information Science

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I aim to use my skills in research to solve Jane and John Doe cases as well as assist other cases in the Great Lakes area. My current cases of interest are the two Porter County Jane Doe cases, the disappearance of Opal Fulks in 1931, and the suspicious death of Rylan Cotter in 2008.

I chose this internship since it offers a unique path to transfer my skills in librarianship and communications into a meaningful career in research and social justice. Working closely with Dr. Virginia Braden who offers extensive expertise in solving cold cases gives me an incredible opportunity to learn from the best in the field while earning hands-on skills in criminal justice research.

Cody

Madison Central High School

Senior

I am a senior at Madison Central High School with an interest in pursuing a biochemistry degree and then going to medical school. My ultimate goal in life is to leave the world better than I found it, and Dr. Braden's internship gives me the opportunity to explore all the ways I can do this. Dr. Braden's work inspires me every day to make a difference in the world, and I am so excited to be working alongside her and this team.

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Logan

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Northern Kentucky University

Senior - Law Major

Criminal Justice Minor 

I am a senior at Northern Kentucky University! I have a major in Law with a minor in Criminal Justice! I haven’t quite figured out what type of lawyer I want to be, but that hasn’t stopped me from looking at every possible angle. This is what led me to Dr. Virginia Braden’s Internship! I am really looking forward to learning and discovering everything that I possibly can though this internship! My end goal is to use my experiences to make a capstone project that can accurately explain what we have done as interns for a cold case detective!

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