Private Investigator and social justice advocate, Melissa J Straub is a highly experienced and credentialed professional within the investigative and consulting arena since 1993 and is a licensed Private Detective in the State of New Jersey. In addition, Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre Law and Master's Degree in Counseling and a New Jersey State School Counselors certification, enabling a deeper understanding of current social justice and child advocacy issues. Armed with advanced technical certifications, she is able to provide a technical "spin" to a vast array of investigative scenarios.Recently, she was appointed as Program Director forthe Cyber Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) Division within WiredSafety.org, a division dedicated to children's safety and public awareness related to cybercrime.
Melissa's professional experience is diverse and includes leadership roles within the public, private and corporate sectors. She is a is a former law enforcement officer and detective with specialized training as a school resource officer and with child advocacy, sex crimes, cybercrime, white-collar crime & fraud issues. Her experience within corporations includes investigations relevant to background checks, asset allocation, computer forensics, data analysis and audits, as well as insurance fraud related surveillance. Recently she was employed within a public school district where she provided school counseling and NJ School Based Youth Services, which encompassed direct counseling with students and development of social media oriented programs within the community.
In January 2010, determined to apply her passion and commitment to helping parents, educators and organizations decipher the unknowns of cyber-bulling and other complexities in this ever-evolving world of cyberspace, Melissa founded Without a Trace Investigations, LLC. Serving as the Director of Investigations, this private investigative consulting firm focuses on cybercrime and related investigations, with concentrations in cyberbullying, sexting and internet safety awareness and training. Her vast experience and education, paired with advanced interrogation techniques enables her to uncover the issue at hand and identify a solution in a unique and relevant manner.