"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Jacqueline Manning, the Founder of New Light Investigations, is a highly accomplished professional with a specialization in criminal defense cases. With a wealth of expertise and experience, Jacqueline served as the Managing Director of Investigations for Integrated Security Services in Hartford, CT, from 2009 to 2017, overseeing a diverse range of investigations. Her responsibilities included federal and state criminal defense cases, Petitions for Writs of Habeas Corpus, civil rights violations, corporate and insurance fraud, civil litigation, comprehensive backgrounds, and due diligence investigations, as well as police misconduct investigations for the City of Hartford-Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Before transitioning to founding her own private investigation business, Jacqueline excelled as an investigative journalist and photojournalist for prominent publications such as the Southington Observer and the Bristol Press. Her journalistic background, combined with her attendance at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in 1995, equipped her with strong research, communication, and storytelling skills.
Jacqueline's remarkable expertise and experience were further recognized when she was selected by CBS Entertainment to demonstrate her detective skills on the reality series, Hunted. Working alongside elite investigators from intelligence agencies, law enforcement, and the military, she tracked down every day U.S. citizens acting as fugitives.
Johannie Cruz is the Managing Partner of New Light Investigations. She is a highly skilled and dedicated professional specializing in private investigations, with expertise in comprehensive background checks, surveillance, infidelity cases, locating individuals, and civil/domestic investigations. With extensive experience working in metropolitan and suburban environments and being a long-term resident of Connecticut, she is deeply committed and passionate about assisting and supporting others during their most challenging times.
Johannie’s career journey led her to gain valuable experience while working at a reputable private investigation company in New York. It was there that she met her business partner, Jacqueline Manning, and joined forces to establish New Light Investigations. United in their commitment, they form a powerful and dedicated team, striving to deliver exceptional services to their valued clients.
As a native of Puerto Rico, Johannie's fluency in both English and Spanish is an asset to her investigative work. She excels as an effective interpreter, ensuring seamless communication and understanding for clients who require language assistance. Johannie's bilingual capabilities enable her to connect effortlessly with a diverse clientele, providing exceptional support and service.
Johannie approaches each case with a profound sense of seriousness, empathy, and understanding; she meticulously examines every detail, striving to uncover the truth clients seek and deserve. She firmly believes in effective communication, maintaining professionalism, and delivering reliable results. These qualities make her an invaluable asset in navigating complex situations and providing resolution to clients from diverse backgrounds.
Samantha Marsh joined the New Light team in 2020. She is a native of Connecticut and has pursued her passion for understanding human societies by earning a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology with a minor in Spanish from Rollins College in Florida. Following her academic journey, she dedicated her time to serving with AmeriCorps, where she had the opportunity to work closely with working families and contribute to their well-being.
Samantha is driven by a strong sense of justice and finds immense fulfillment in criminal defense work, particularly in tackling complex cases. She enjoys working alongside witnesses and clients and is fueled by the desire to help others and uncover the truth. She has a deep commitment to fairness and advocating for those in need and strives to impact the lives of individuals navigating the legal system positively.