Cessie Alfonso (b. 1945)
Cecilia (Cessie) Alfonso, nationally recognized expert in forensic social work and domestic violence, is the founder and president of Alfonso Consultants, which provides psychosocial assessments to clients of civil and criminal attorneys throughout the United States and abroad. Since 1986 she has consulted on over 700 capital cases, often testifying as an expert in the penalty phase of those cases. A first-generation Caribbean American, Alfonso has conducted mitigation investigations in Cuba, Columbia, El Salvador, and Puerto Rico, and regularly leads trainings on domestic violence, cultural competency, among other topics. A member of the Combahee River Collective, she is an activist who marched against the Vietnam war, for civil rights, and women, lesbian, and gay rights. In 2008 she was recognized by Governor Jon S. Corzine of New Jersey as a leading mitigation specialist who significantly contributed to the abolition of the death penalty in the state. In 2017 she was part of the Truth Commission on Poverty in New York State, organized by the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State. The collection includes biographical information, writings by her and others, and material regarding her company, Alfonso Consultants, Inc., also known as, Alfonso Associates.