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RHONDA B. SAUNDERS
International Advisor & Consultant on Stalking

For the past 27 years, Ms. Saunders has been a criminal prosecutor. Prior to her career as a lawyer, she had worked extensively in New York City and Los Angeles in theatre, opera and film.

Ms. Saunders established S.T.A.T. (Stalking and Threat Assessment Team) for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the L.A. Stalking Task Force. Some of her many successful stalking and threat prosecutions include convicting Robert Hoskins of stalking and making terrorist threats against the entertainer Madonna; Fernando Rodarte of making threats against Los Angeles Supervisor Gloria Molina; Jonathan Norman of stalking Producer/Director Steven Spielberg; Dante Soiu of stalking actress Gwyneth Paltrow; Marlon Pagtakhan of cyberstalking "Star Trek’s" Producer Brannon Bragga and actress Jerri Ryan; and Mark Hatten who threatened Anna Nicole Smith and assaulted her elderly neighbor when he came to her defense. Ms. Saunders obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 1982.

Ms. Saunders is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of stalking, workplace violence and criminal threats. In 2005, she was invited by the government of Germany to lecture at that country's first Stalking Symposium, which was held in Kassel, Germany on November 11, 2005.  She has lectured to prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocacy groups in such places as Alaska, California, New Mexico, Louisiana, New York, Washington, D.C., Canada and Great Britain. During 1998 through 2004 she was on the faculty of the United States Secret Service Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) in their training division. In 1994, she revised California’s Stalking Law Penal Code Section 646.9, so that law enforcement and the courts can now effectively protect victims from this crime; in 1997 she wrote Penal Code Section 646.92, which allows law enforcement to issue emergency restraining orders in stalking and workplace violence cases; and in 2000 she increased the penalties for aggravated stalking. Ms. Saunders is Past-President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP). In August 2000, she was awarded the National Achievement Award by ATAP; in 2001 she was given the Woman of Distinction Award by Soroptimist International in recognition of her contributions to combating stalking and workplace violence.

Recent media appearances have included: The Ricki Lake Show, Good Morning America, 360 With Anderson Cooper, The Joy Behar Show, The Insider, The Today Show, Dr. Phil Show, CNN-Issues With Jane Velez Mitchell, CNN-Nancy Grace Show,  Extra, Inside Edition, CBS News-Katy Couric, Court TV, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Showtime Cable's "The Making of the Fan"; E-Entertainment Network Documentary "The Stalking and Killing of Rebecca Schaeffer", Eclipse Productions: a twelve part documentary on stalking airing in Europe; MSNBC and BBC's "Stalking the Stalker".  She is also specially featured in the DVD reissue of "Misery". She has starred in Court TV's production of "Reasonable Fear" and The Investigators based on eleven of Ms. Saunders stalking prosecutions. In February 2013, she was featured on the Discovery Channel's weekly network series, Stalked; Someone's Watching. "Stalkers" a two hour Lifetime Movie of the Week, based on her book "Whisper of Fear" was aired on April 13, 2013 and is currently being developed for a series. Her website www.stalkingalert.com has reached near to 50,000 people.

Ms. Saunders has published articles on stalking and workplace violence in the Entertainment edition of the L.A. Lawyer Magazine, and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department monthly magazine Star News. Her chapter, "Stalking From A Legal Perspective," appears in the book, The Psychology of Stalking, edited by Dr. J. Reid Meloy, published by Academic Press (May, 1998); In July 2008, her chapter on "Psychological Issues Involved in the Prosecution of Celebrity Stalking Cases" was published in, Stalking, Threats, and Attacks Against Public Figures, edited by J.R. Meloy, L. Sheridan and J. Hoffman: Oxford Press.

 

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