• Rocky Mountain Victim
    Law Center

     
    Transforming the criminal justice system
    to consistently honor the voice of every victim and to vigorously safeguard
    victims' rights. 
     

  • Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center is a Colorado nonprofit organization

    providing free legal assistance to victims of violent crime to help enforce

    their rights under the Victims’ Rights Act.

     

    Pro-bono Legal Representation

    RMvlc represents victims of violent crime in Colorado criminal cases.
     
     

    Assistance & Consultation

    RMvlc provides legal assistance for victim service providers, district attorneys, law enforcement, and other government agencies.

    Training &
    Outreach

    RMvlc presents to victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement and government agencies.
     
  • Open Positions

    Thank you for your interest in joining our mission and serving crime victims in Colorado. Please click on the links below for full job descriptions and application instructions.
     
     

  • Support Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center.

    Did you know RMvlc depends on grants and donations from supporters like you
    in order to assist the hundreds of victims helped each year?  
    Please consider supporting RMvlc and help victims enforce their rights! 

  • Pro-bono Legal Representation

    RMvlc provides free legal representation to victims of violent crime in criminal cases.  Through this program, RMvlc strives to:
    • Empower victims with knowledge of the justice system
    • Strengthen victims' cases by providing assistance to the prosecution
    • Protect victims' privacy rights
    • Protect victims' rights under Colorado and Federal Victims' Rights Acts

    RMvlc’s staff spends considerable time with clients and encourages open, ongoing communication to ensure victims’ individual needs and priorities are being met.  Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center works to ensure the criminal justice system treats victims with fairness, dignity, and respect by advocating on behalf of victims while working with law enforcement, prosecutors, and the courts to encourage meaningful interactions between victims and the criminal justice system.

    What Rights Do Victims Have?

    RMvlc is committed to improving how victims are treated in the criminal justice system as well as helping victims feel empowered and heard throughout the criminal justice process.
     
    Under the Victims' Rights Act (VRA), victims have the following rights:
    • The right to be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect
    • The right to be present in court
    • The right to be heard
    • The right to be free from harassment, intimidation, and harm
    • The right to a swift and fair resolution of a criminal case

    Eligibility for Legal Representation

    RMvlc represents child and adult victims of violence, including but not limited to victims of sexual abuse, homicide, domestic violence, stalking, and vehicular assault.
     
    Clients must be either current residents of Colorado or victims of crimes that occurred in the state of Colorado.
     
    Victims must be involved in an existing criminal matter.
     
    RMvlc serves all population groups and especially welcomes clients from traditionally under-served populations.
     
    RMvlc does not litigate domestic, family, or civil cases.

    Intake Process

    Initial Call:  Potential clients or representatives should call RMvlc's office to set up an initial intake appointment.
     
    Intake: During the intake appointment, staff will gather information about the criminal case. 
     
    Review: The case will be reviewed by RMvlc's staff.
     
    Selection: If RMvlc agrees to take the case, the staff will set up a follow-up appointment.  If the case is not appropriate for RMvlc or RMvlc is unable to take the case, staff will provide referrals to other agencies. 
  • Other RMvlc Services

    Assistance &
    Consultation

    RMvlc serves as a resource for crime victims, district attorneys, and service providers throughout the state of Colorado so they may understand and enforce victims’ rights. RMvlc is committed to improving how victims are treated in the criminal justice system as well as helping victims feel empowered and heard throughout the criminal justice process.
     
    Please contact RMvlc if you are in need of technical assistance or consultation. 

    Training &
    Outreach

    RMvlc’s staff conducts trainings and educational presentations to victim advocates, service providers, prosecutors, judges, law enforcement officers, and others regarding the legal center as well as the enforcement of crime victims' rights.  RMvlc presents on a variety of topics, including Colorado and Federal Victims' Rights Acts; enforcing victims’ rights; the impact of trauma and related behavior; and vicarious trauma.

     

    Please contact RMvlc if you would like to learn more about trainings and presentations.

  • Testimonials

    Client Services

    Thank you for calling and working with me today, and my thanks to you and everyone else at Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center for all the time and effort you've already put into helping my family!  It's been a huge relief for us already.

    Client Support

    I just wanted to say again how much I appreciated your calm presence and support at the meeting yesterday. Your work is tremendously important. Thank you for your compassion and dedication. It makes all the difference.

    Staff Appreciation

    I had the extreme pleasure of meeting [RMvlc's staff] when they showed up to court like superheroes.  I just cannot thank them enough for the last minute, awe inspiring hard work they put in.  I wanted to pass on my appreciation for your amazing staff and the incredible work you are doing.

    Praise for Services

    We will be passing out your agency information to all of our clients because I think all victims deserve to have the services and support you are offering. 

  • Meet RMvlc's Team

    Emily Tofte Nestaval, MSW
    Executive Director

    Emily has over 15 years’ experience in the anti-violence field. Throughout her career, Emily has been able to meld her passion for serving survivors of violence and non-profit management. In 2008, she moved to Colorado where she was the Assistant Director of Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA). In 2009, she had the privilege to be elected and serve as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) until 2013 when her term ended. Emily served at the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center from 2012 - 2014. In 2014, Emily moved to Minnesota and continued to work in the anti-violence field as the Financial Manager and later the Sexual Violence Justice Institute Program Director at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA). In 2016, Emily returned to Colorado and to the role of Executive Director at RMvlc. 

    Ashley Arens, MSW, MSSP
    Client Services Director

    Ashley joined Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center in November 2014. Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from East Carolina University in 2009 and her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Science in Social Policy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania. Ashley began working with survivors in 2010 as a sexual assault victim's advocate, and went on to work in different community-based organizations where she focused on supporting marginalized individuals and victims of crime. Since beginning at RMvlc, she has presented at a number of different state-wide and national conferences with a focus on advocacy and victims' rights.

    Kazi Houston, MSW, J.D.

    Kazi, a Denver native, obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Seattle University in 1998, her Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Denver in 2001, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver in 2010. Prior to attending law school, Kazi worked extensively with children and families managing mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, particularly those who had been involved with the criminal justice system.  Kazi worked for 4 years as a private practice civil attorney prior to returning to the non-profit sector in 2015, where she was the Client Services Manager at Project Safeguard. A commitment to improving community access to the legal system led Kazi to her position at RMvlc.

    Sarah Reimers Summers, J.D.

    Statewide Civil Legal Services Coordinator

    Sarah is the Statewide Civil Legal Services Coordinator at Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center. Sarah provides key support to a collaborative special project, funded by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victim Programs. The special project aims to create and implement a plan to increase the continuum of services for a variety of civil legal needs of the crime victim resulting from their victimization. Prior to law school, Sarah worked at the International Justice Mission in Phenom Penh, Cambodia, where she assisted professionals in developing trainings for members on the Cambodian National Police in how they work with victims of human trafficking. Sarah graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 2014 and was granted a two-year fellowship to work at Colorado Legal Services providing direct legal services to immigrant victims of crime and victims of human trafficking.

    Yessenia Flores Salgado, Intake Specialist

    Yessenia has been supporting victims of crime as a Bilingual Victim Advocate in the Brighton/Commerce City Police Department Victim Services Unit since 2014. She is currently working towards her bachelor’s in social work at Front Range Community College, and plans to continue to achieve a Masters in Social Work. Her passion and dedication to empowering victims of crime to see themselves as survivors is what brought Yessenia to RMvlc. Yessenia speaks English and Spanish, she joined RMvlc in February 2017 as the Intake Specialist. She is committed to help victims of crime navigate through the criminal justice system by providing trauma informed services, and connections to resources in a compassionate and empowering way.

    Rose Hernandez, LINC Lead Navigator

    Rose Hernandez attended Kelsey-Jenney College in California to obtain her paralegal certificate. She began working at a worker’s compensation firm as a caseworker that assisted the injured workers navigate the intimidating legal process.  Rose worked with undocumented and non-English speaking migrant workers from Mexico.  It was during this time that Rose established her aspirations to continue work in this type of field.  In 2005, Rose moved to Colorado and began working at the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. In 2013, Rose began working as a Victim/Witness Specialist at the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in the Special Victims Unit.  Rose worked on adult and child sexual assault cases, child abuse causing death and adult homicide cases. Rose’s fluency in Spanish has also allowed her the opportunity to reach an under-served population and hopes to help those that are non-English speaking navigate the legal system.  Rose is extremely passionate about working with victims and her continued desire to assist victims is what brought her to RMvlc in April 2017. 

    Mary Friedrichs, LCSW
    Board Chair

    Mary Friedrichs joined RMvlc’s Board of Directors in July 2013. She began working in the movement to end violence against women in 1972 when she helped to build the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women, one of the first rape crisis organizations in the country. She received her MSW from the University of Denver in 1980, and maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Colorado Springs for 25 years, where, as part of Women’s Therapy Associates, she specialized in work with survivors of sexual assault and abuse as well as other trauma. Mary taught at Colorado College and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and worked in the Counseling Center at Colorado College. In 2005, Mary became the Director of the Office of Victim Assistance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, from which she retired in December 2011.

    Jessica Frazier, MSW
    Board Secretary 

    Jessica Frazier joined RMvlc's Board of Directors in June 2015. Jessica is currently a private practice therapist in the Denver Metro Area., and teaches in the Department of Social Work at MSU Denver. Jessica has 15+ years working within the victim services field. Jessica has counseled primary and secondary victims of intimate partner violence, worked within the Domestic Violence shelter field, and engaged in victim advocacy within community and criminal justice settings throughout her career. In addition to direct practice experience, Jessica engages in legislative and policy issues that impact survivors of sexual assault as a member of CCASA and is an active member of the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee (DMDVFRC).   Jessica has also worked in local colleges, elementary, middle and high schools educating students on issues related to violence prevention, and speaking on topics related to dating violence and sex assault.

    Jean McAllister, MSW
    Board Member

    Jean McAllister joined RMvlc’s Board of Directors in September 2012. She owns her own business, JGM Consulting LLC, providing training and consultation regarding interpersonal violence and trauma. She has over 30 years of experience in the field. Jean also works for the Colorado Department of Human Services on a part-time basis. She is privileged to work with various agencies regarding sexual assault; sexual abuse of children; domestic violence; trauma and victimization; offender dynamics; secondary trauma intervention; stress management; organizational development; and policy development. Jean also serves as an expert witness, providing expert testimony and case consultation regarding sexual assault, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, victim trauma reactions and offender management.

    John Clune, Esq.
    Board Member

    John Clune joined RMvlc's Board of Directors in November 2010. John started his career as a
    criminal prosecutor in the mountains of Colorado and served as Chief Deputy District Attorney for Eagle County. After leaving the prosecutors’ office, John spent several years in a litigation based private practice representing individuals and corporations in a wide array of criminal and civil matters. In 2007, John started the Boulder law firm of Victim Justice, PC, developing a national practice representing victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes in a variety of litigation. In 2009, John co-founded the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center. In recent years John has focused a substantial amount of his practice on representation of students and families on campus rape/Title IX matters, and has been with the firm Hutchinson Black and Cook, LLC since 2013.

    Paul M. Kay, CFE, MPA, JD 

    Board Member

    Paul M. Kay is the Global Chief Information Security Officer at Echostar, a premier global provider of satellite communications, video delivery solutions, satellite broadband services, network technologies and managed services for enterprise and government customers in more than 100 countries.  

     

    Paul is the former Chief Security Officer and Diversity & Inclusion Executive Sponsor for MillerCoors where he developed strategy and governance programs in physical & information security, investigations, business continuity, enterprise risk, crisis management, global regulatory compliance and more.  Previous to MillerCoors, Paul served in leadership roles in other Fortune 500 and 100 companies to include retail, distribution, banking and consulting.  Prior to joining private industry, Paul served in various U.S. law enforcement agencies as an organized crime & major case detective and terrorism task force officer.

     

    Paul has been featured on Court TV and was awarded the New York Law School 9/11 Student Hero Award and numerous other law enforcement awards. Additionally, Paul was awarded a Congressional commendation for his work at the National Law Enforcement Memorial and was a finalist for the National Retail Federation Government Partner Award.

     

    Paul holds a Juris Doctorate, a MPA and a BS in Management & Police Science. 

     

    Paul joined RMvlc's Board in 2013 and is based in Colorado. He enjoys life as a fitness and technology nerd, beer aficionado and volunteers at several non-profits. 

    J. Anthony Antuna, Sergeant (Ret.), Board Member

    Sergeant Antuna has been a law enforcement trainer for over 20 years. He has trained and presented with the Colorado Ending Violence Against Women Project since 1997, a program providing statewide training on sexual assault and domestic violence issues, and conducted Title IX trainings across Colorado. He has presented for such organizations as the National Center for Victims of Crime, the American Parole and Probation Association, the Southern Forensics Institute, the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, the New Mexico Crime Victim’s Reparation Commission, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and at the United States Air Force Academy. In addition, Sergeant Antuna teaches at the Aims Police Academy (Greeley, CO), the Arapahoe Community College Police Academy (Littleton, CO), and has taught at the Colorado State Patrol Academy (Golden, CO).

    Sergeant Antuna retired from the University of Northern Colorado Police Department in 2009, after 22 years of service. While at UNCPD, Sergeant Antuna worked in investigations, patrol, crime scene investigation and as a field-training officer. As a sergeant, he supervised a patrol unit, as well as the department’s Investigations, and Training and Crime Prevention Units.
    Anthony Antuna recently worked as the Title IX Investigator with the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus; and is currently working as the Director of Safety and Security at the Salida del Sol Academy in Greeley, Colorado. Mr. Antuna joined RMvlc's Board of Directors in October 2016. 

    Jenn Doe, Board Member
     

    Jenn Doe joined the Board of Directors in November 2016. Jenn is the Outreach Coordinator for Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley. In this role, Jenn oversees the Teens Ending Relationship Abuse (TERA) program, which trains peer educators to provide presentations in local high schools on teen dating abuse prevention and resources. She also assists with fundraising and event planning, grants management, volunteer recruitment and training, and provides education on topics related to domestic violence and healthy relationships to anyone who will listen. Recently, Jenn has been working with coaches, athletic directors, and community members to pilot the Coaching Boys into Men program in St. Vrain Valley high schools. 

    Previously, Jenn worked as the Violence Prevention Education Coordinator for The Phoenix Center at Auraria (PCA), a campus-based victim services office in Denver. There, she trained and supervised a team of peer educators and provided training and education to students, staff and faculty. While at the PCA, Jenn also developed and implemented an online violence prevention training module that was offered to students through multiple learning management systems and aligned with new federal guidelines. This expanded the reach of the PCA beyond in-person workshops and made this information accessible to all students.

     

    Jenn earned her Masters in Public Administration from CU Denver, with a concentration in the Program on Domestic Violence and completed her capstone research project with the Denver Metro Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DMDVFRC) in May of 2014. She completed here undergraduate degree in graphic design and interactive media at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in December of 2008.

    Jonathan Datz, Esq. 
    Board Member

    Jonathan Datz joined RMvlc’s Board of Directors in January 2017. Johnathan earned a BA from the University of Michigan in 1998 and a JD from the Temple University School of Law in 2001.   Following law school graduation, Mr. Datz served as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade, Florida, focusing on the prosecution of domestic violence.  In 2006, he became a prosecutor at the Adams/Broomfield County District Attorney’s Office.  In 2011, Mr. Datz assumed the position of Senior Deputy District Attorney, specializing in the prosecution of felony-level crimes-against-children.  In May 2013, Mr. Datz founded the Broomfield law firm of Datz & Fee, LLC, which would later become The Datz Law Firm, PC.  The Datz Law Firm, PC is a thriving Broomfield-based law firm that specializes in the intersection of family and criminal law.  Mr. Datz also serves as legal counsel for police officers throughout Colorado as part of the Fraternal Order of Police Legal Defense Fund.  Mr. Datz is an active member of the Broomfield non-profit community, serving on the Bal Swan Children’s Center Board of Directors since August 2013.  In July 2016, Mr. Datz was elected to his second term as the President of the Bal Swan Children’s Center Board of Directors.  

    Dave Loucks, Board Treasurer

    Dave Loucks joined the RMvlc’s Board of directors in February 2017.   Dave has over 25 years of business experience public accounting and private industry.  Dave’s public accounting career was at the Denver offices of KPMG, BDO Seidman, Deloitte, and Hein & Associates, concentrating on oil & gas and technology companies.  From 1998 to 2000, he was the CFO of an INC. 500 international software company.  Dave co-founded the Assent brand of specialty accounting solutions for the oil & gas industry, which was sold to Opportune, where Dave  works in business development.    Dave is a graduate of the University of Denver and is a certified public accountant in Colorado.   

    Laura Wolf, Esq., 
    Board Member

    Laura Wolf is an attorney at Rathod Mohamedbhai LLC. Her practice
    includes advocating on behalf of employees facing labor law violations and discrimination in the workplace as well as for individuals
    suffering from abuses of their civil rights at the hands of government officials. Prior to joining Rathod Mohamedbhai, Laura was a judicial
    clerk for the Honorable R. Brooke Jackson on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. In the local community, Laura
    has volunteered as a coach for the Arrupe Jesuit High School mock trial team and serves as a Legal Night Volunteer. Laura joined RMvlc's Board of Directors in April 2017.
  • Contact RMvlc

    If you have any questions, would like additional information, or are interested in RMvlc's services, please contact RMvlc:
     

    Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center
    Phone: 303-295-2001
    Fax: 303-413-8301
    info@rmvictimlaw.org