CEO/FOUNDER

Eric Barreras is the Founder & CEO of Difference Makers (10 Strong), which is a group of collaborative partners whose primary goal is to address sexual violence and domestic violence in military and civilian communities around the globe. He also serves fulltime as a Training Manager for the U.S. Center for SafeSport, where he develops curriculum  on sexual misconduct and abuse prevention. In addition he serves as a primary trainer for the Olympic and Paralympic movement, to include several youth and professional athletic programs throughout the nation. Mr. Barreras entered the NM Army National Guard in the mid-90s and subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1998. In 2001, he participated in the investigative internship program with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) and was subsequently selected to become a CID Special Agent. During his career with CID, Mr. Barreras conducted and/or supervised a wide variety of sexual assault investigations in multiple jurisdictions across the nation. In 2013, following retirement from military service he served as a subject matter expert for sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse investigations for the Monterey County Public Defender’s Office in Salinas, CA. In 2014, Mr. Barreras transitioned back into USACIDC as a civilian Supervisory Special Agent, where he was responsible for managing the Special Victims Unit (SVU) at Fort Sill, OK. During that span, Mr. Barreras also served as a sexual assault/domestic violence and child abuse investigative subject matter expert for USACIDC. In 2015, Mr. Barreras accepted a position with the U.S. Air Force as a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Specialist at the Presidio of Monterey, CA, where his team managed to earn the 2015 Department of Defense (DoD) Innovation Award and 2017 Air Education and Training Command (AETC) SAPR Team Award. In addition, he was hand selected by the Headquarters Air Force SAPR Operations Staff to assist with the restructuring of the Air Force’s SAPR training curriculum for Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs). Eric subsequently accepted a position with the U.S. Coast Guard as a Regional SARC for the 11th Coast Guard District with the responsibility of managing the Sexual Assault Prevention, Response and Recovery (SAPRR) program for all Coast Guard personnel in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and California. In 2018, he was recognized by DoD as the SARC of the Year for the U.S. Coast Guard. Mr. Barreras has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with special emphasis in Criminal Justice. He also served as a volunteer victim advocate/sexual assault counselor for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center and proudly served as a key member on their Board of Directors. In addition, he previously served as an Associate Board Member for End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI). Eric is also a survivor of child sexual abuse, who grew up in a domestic violence home. That has been the primary source of his passion for addressing violence in communities globally. He recently joined the Sexual Assault Advocacy Network (SAAN), where he'll serve as an advisor on sexual assault investigations, male victimization, advocacy and military sexual assaults.

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