Leslie has fifteen years of experience working as a psychotherapist with adolescents and families experiencing complex trauma, depression and anxiety, and substance abuse in institutional, private, and community settings. Leslie founded and directed four California non-profits programs serving adolescents with mental health needs, and promoting the health and well-being of youth in the justice, child welfare, and education systems. She is also Founder and President of National Girls Health and Justice Institute (NGHJI), and author of the Girls Health Screen (GHS). The GHS is the only scientifically validated health and trauma screen for incarcerated girls nationally. Leslie holds a BA with honors from Yale University, and Masters degrees in Counseling and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She is a licensed California MFT and the recipient of the Stoneleigh Fellowship Award and the International Hero of Compassion Award from the Dalai Lama. Acoca is proud to be a first-generation immigrant, born in Panama, and a mother of two.