As Director of VALOR (1992-1997), the Victims' Assistance Legal Organization, a national non-profit crime victims' advocacy organization, Dr. Sigmon was founding director of the National Victim Assistance Academy, a 45-hour academic-based training course for victim assistance professionals and co-authored and edited the 600-page Academy Text. In addition, she coordinated the development, publication, and nationwide distribution of the National Crime Victims Rights Week Resource Guide (1995, 1996 & 1997) and co-authored the OVC Bulletin, The Coordinated Interagency Approach to Restitution.
She is the former director of the Office for Victims of Crime in the US Department of Justice (Jane N. Burnley, 1987-1991) and Associate Commissioner of the US Children's Bureau (1984-1987). She served on the US Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect (1992-1996) and the Virginia Governor's Commission on Parole Abolition (1994). She also has 10 years experience working with children and families in public health, and school settings as a school psychologist and learning disabilities specialist. (1971-1982). In 1991 she was the first recipient of the Sen. John Heinz Award for Outstanding Service on Behalf of Crime Victims for her efforts to establish victim assistance programs on Indian Reservations throughout the United States. In 2002 she received the Superior Honor Award from the State Department's Office of Overseas Citizens Services.
In addition, Dr Sigmon worked with the National District Attorneys Association and its affiliate, the American Prosecutors Research Institute (1997-2000) serving as director of research and overseeing the development and evaluation of training courses for state and local prosecutors at the National Advocacy Center, in Columbia, SC. She conducted criminal justice research and evaluations and authored or co-authored several publications, including: The Victim/Witness Assistance Guide for Prosecutors; The National Directory of Prosecutor-based Victim/Witness Assistance Programs; The Tennessee Prosecutors' Caseload Study; The Evaluation of the Pima County (AZ) Attorney's Truancy Program; and Successful Adjudication Partnerships.
Dr. Sigmon received her doctorate from Duke University, her master's degree from Boston University, and her bachelor's degree from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. She currently serves as victim assistance specialist at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs.