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Strengthening Safety Worldwide Through Community Engagement, Advocacy & Expert Testimony

Passionate Advocate for Justice

Traci Ruiz is a fierce and passionate advocate for justice, with a heart for serving those most vulnerable. She is frequently called upon for her expert witness testimony, after rising through the ranks with 25 years of law enforcement experience. A highly regarded and trusted public safety figure, Traci is uniquely positioned to educate, equip, and empower—especially underserved and marginalized populations—through community engagement, advocacy, prevention and preparedness planning, and risk mitigation and safety training.

In Good Company...

Traci has been featured by many media outlets and partnered with amazing organizations, such as:

Expert Witness Testimony

Advocate for justice at your court case with an expert witness by your side.

As one of the few municipal officers to have ever worked on a locally created federal grand jury team and the first police officer ever appointed to the Michigan Governor’s Board of Medicine, Traci’s credibility is bolstered by decades of report analysis, thousands of interviews, case reviews, and investigations. She has the extensive knowledge, and first-hand experience that make her uniquely qualified as your justice-driven expert witness in these types of cases: 

  • Elder Abuse
  • Relationship Violence
  • Sexual Assault/Misconduct 
  • Law Enforcement Situations 
Expert Witness Testimony

Training, Education, and Community Engagement

Mitigate risks and eliminate unexpected costs through customized safety consulting.

Using her background as a law enforcement officer, educator, and defensive tactics instructor for the City of Lansing, Michigan Police Department, and the Mid-Michigan Police Academy, Traci combines hands-on and scenario-based training for personal, home, and work safety. She collaborates to identify which protection topics are most beneficial for you.

Safety Awareness
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De-escalation Techniques
Relationship Violence
Sexual Assault & Misconduct
Substance Use Awareness

Elder Advocacy

Preserve the safety, dignity, and well-being of vulnerable adult populations.

Traci knows first-hand how confusing and challenging the system can be for seniors and their caregivers. It’s not easy to deal with issues such as loss of independence, the onset of dementia, and potential abuse, which can include financial, verbal, and physical violence. With more than two decades of elder advocacy experience, law enforcement work, and volunteering with seniors, Traci is positioned to provide the resources, training, and education to support your journey. As a City of Lansing, Michigan police detective, she created and co-chaired the Ingham County Elder Death Review Team which worked towards the prevention of abuse and investigation of elder deaths. She also initiated an elder abuse summit that introduced critical improvements across Michigan and established a statewide guideline.

Traci leads with her 25 years of experience in elder abuse and law to educate you on the different components:

  • Resourcing ethical care
  • Recognizing signs of abuse, neglect, and maltreatment
  • Reporting abuse and neglect
  • Legal processes

Public Speaking

Connect with diverse safety expertise to stay informed, prepared, and empowered.

Traci delivers dynamic presentations and motivational speeches with impactful content to engage with you on a deeper level and give you the tools to be an advocate for yourself and others. Her multicultural female perspective, 25-year law enforcement career, and decades of public policy experience qualifies her to connect with people globally, and give equitable, accessible insight.


See what people have to say about us


Traci engages various stakeholders with her consistent dedicated work ethic and global approach to collaborative training and community initiatives.  She is an ambassador for inclusion, empowerment, and advancement in all that she does and is a strong advocate for underrepresented populations.

Teresa Robinson, PhD

Fire Chief at City of Ferndale Fire Department

Traci led the effort to build programs and services to deal with elder abuse throughout Michigan. She is very committed to helping vulnerable populations, not only through direct service, but also from a policy and training actions. Traci has the rare combination of a very passionate and effective leader while also being a great listener and advocate. Her commitment to DEI is unparalleled given her background. Most importantly, Traci is a connector with extensive roots in the community and the kinds of connections needed to collaborate across all law enforcement resources in the region.

William Donohue

Professor of Communication, Department of Communication, Michigan State University
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Traci Ruiz, serves with me at The Michigan Board of Medicine. Her deep law enforcement knowledge and understanding in the areas of victims rights, elder abuse, sexual abuse and/or trauma, victim advocate, and education of public has provided valuable support to our board. She is kind, diligent, energetic, and a good leader.

Dr Mohammed Arsiwala

President-Michigan Urgent Care Business Health Solutions, State of Michigan Board of Medicine, Michigan State Medical Society
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I have worked for many years with Traci Ruiz on elder abuse issues. She is knowledgeable, dynamic, and enthusiastic about her work. A wonderful and talented person, she elevates the quality of life in our community.

Dean Sienko

M.D., M.S. Ingham County Medical Examiner and Medical Director, 1988-2011
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Traci has it all: training, experience, passion, a natural ability for instruction, and an infectiously uplifting attitude. Traci has a wealth of gifts to share with the community – and we’re all quite lucky that she has chosen to invest her energy, her vision, and her heart with our community.

Rose Tantraphol

Founder, Moonsail North
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Traci is a counselor and advisor to many because people seek her out for her extensive knowledge, wisdom, power of right judgment, and following the soundest course of action.

John J. Castillo

Castillo & Associates Consultants, Inc.
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Traci Ruiz Consultants provided an invaluable group facilitation of Safety Awareness and Self-Defense. Their extensive law enforcement experience, real world examples, and scenario based training made techniques memorable. I highly recommend Traci Ruiz Consultants for lifesaving skills, a priceless investment.

Danielle Grubaugh

Contact Traci

Whether you need an expert witness testimony, a speaker, or have concerns about elder abuse, Traci is here to serve.