The Justice Issues Work Group – one of four work groups established by the Interagency Coordinating Committee on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (ICCFASD) to address special issues and to plan and implement directed activities – is led by Karen J. Bachar, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and is also the U.S. Department of Justice representative to the ICCFASD where she coordinates the work of the group with Dr. Sally Anderson, NIAAA, FASD Activities Coordinator, ICCFASD. Under Ms. Bachar’s leadership, the work group has prioritized its goals to increase awareness of legal and justice professionals about the challenges they face when individuals with an FASD are involved with the justice system. The overall goal of current activities is to help attorneys and judges increase their understanding of FASD so that they may better serve clients with FASD and their families and better consider a broader range of options when they have, or think they may have a youth with an FASD in their court.
Work Group
Karen J. Bachar, M.A., M.P.H.
(Work Group Leader)
Senior Policy Advisor 
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention/OJJDP
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice 
810 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20531
Phone:  (202) 514-4403        
Fax:  (202) 353-9093 
Mobile: (202) 598-9136
Sally M. Anderson, Ph.D.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health
5635 Fishers Lane
Room 2009, MSC 9304
Bethesda, MD 20892–9304
Phone: 301-443-6371
Fax: 301-443-7043
Express mail:  Rockville, MD 20852-1705
Eileen B. Bisgard, J.D.
Guardian ad Litem
Phone:  720-394-1525     and
NOFAS Colorado  
P.O. Box 348, Dacono, CO 80514
Phone: 720-446-2442
Hon. Susan Carlson, J.D
145 Holly Lane N
Plymouth, MN  55447
Phone:  (612) 414-3125
Fax (763) 249-0310
Linda L. Chezem, J.D.
Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Purdue University
530 Denny Drive 
Mooresville, IN 46158
Phone:  317-409-5050
Fax: 317-831-8464
Catherine E. Hargrove, M.S.W., J.D.
Expert Consultant on FASD and the Law 
4207 Illinois Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20011
Phone:  202-291-4297
Sharon R. Hunt, LICSW, Ph.D. 
Director Logistics and Tribal Technical Assistance
Senior Advisor
State Training and Technical Assistance Center
Health and Social Development Program
American Institutes for Research 
1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20007 
Phone: 202-403-6914 
Barbara Wybrecht, R.N., B.S.N., P.H.N.
FAS Clinical Nurse Specialist 
Spectrum Health
2232 Boston Street, SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49506
Phone: 616-241-9126
Fax:   616-241-9126
Honorary Emeritus Members
Anne S. Douds, J.D.
Special Litigation Counsel
Beauchat & Beauchat, LLP and
Justice Systems Innovation
63 West High Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-4515 
E-mail:  or
Louise Shabi-Ashkie
The Navajo Nation
Department of Behavioral Health Services
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Project
P.O. Box 1049
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Phone:   928-729-4468   or  928-729-4028 
Fax:       928-729-4477
Updated April 2015