Carvana Cloud is the Bureau Chief of the Special Victims Bureau of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. Fluent in Spanish, Carvana graduated from The Kinkaid School in Houston and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law. Recognizing that physical and sexual violence are significant crime drivers, Carvana is committed to improving public safety by envisioning and executing innovative prosecution strategies designed to ensure victim safety and offender accountability in regards to crimes committed against special victim populations. In her current capacity, Carvana oversees the Special Victims Bureau, which includes the Family Criminal Law, Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking, and Elder Abuse divisions. Each of these divisions manage multi-disciplinary teams of prosecutors, social workers, investigators, and analysts committed to seeking justice for all victims of interpersonal violence.
Carvana has extensive trial experience litigating crimes against people, specifically domestic violence cases. Ever mindful that “one life lost, is one life too many,” Carvana developed the following initiatives to reduce the county’s domestic violence rate: 1) Harris County Strangulation Taskforce. This workgroup was convened to create a countywide protocol for the investigation and prosecution of strangulation cases; 2) Harris County Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART). DART is a mobile advocacy program designed to provide crisis intervention and victim stabilization within minutes of a domestic violence incident being reported to police; and 3) Cultural Outreach Program (COP). COP is a protective order expansion program designed to support survivors in underrepresented minority communities where domestic violence is often unreported and undisclosed.
Prior to joining the Harris County District Attorney’s Office as a junior prosecutor in 2005, Carvana served in the Office of the White House Liaison to the United States Department of Commerce, as an intern to United States District Judge Lynn Hughes, and as a briefing attorney for United States District Judge George C. Hanks Jr., when he served as Justice of Texas First Court of Appeals.
Carvana proudly returned to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in January 2017, after founding and operating The Cloud Law Firm, P.C., a boutique law firm focusing on criminal defense, immigration, and personal injury matters. In 2014, Carvana was recognized as one of Houston’s Top 50 attorneys by Dmars.com. A native Texan, who grew up in Houston’s Acres Homes community, Carvana is board secretary of Houston’s Fourth Ward Redevelopment Authority, Tax Reinvestment Zone Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., the nation’s oldest sorority (TIRZ) #14, a Girl Scout troop leader, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the nation’s oldest sorority founded by African-American women.
A community ambassador and advocate for victims of interpersonal violence, Carvana is associated with various prosecutor associations and advocacy organizations. Most notably, she serves on the Prosecutorial Steering Committee for the Texas Council on Family Violence, as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for “RESPOND Against Violence,” and as a faculty member of University of Texas’ School of Social Work, Expert Witness Training Program. Carvana’s passion is motivating and training community stakeholders to develop coordinated community response that prioritize victim safety and justice for the victim, the accused, and the community in every case. Carvana is married and has two children.