Elevates victims' voices,
champions victims' rights,
and transforms the systems impacting them.
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All of RMvlc's services are free. We rely on community support to ensure that our services remain free and that we are able to meet the urgent legal needs of crime victims throughout Colorado. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and makes a significant difference.
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.
Legal Information Network of Colorado
A collaborative network that provides confidential, no-cost, comprehensive legal information services for crime victims throughout Colorado. LINC brings together all of the legal resources available to victims and streamlines the process so victims can focus on their recovery and well-being.
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Upcoming Events and Trainings
Victim Rights in Action
Have you ever attended a Victim Rights Act training and wondered how you can use this information as you advocate for crime victims? Join this webinar and build on your knowledge of the VRA. Learn practical strategies for actively upholding and enforcing victims VRA rights, and hear about trends related to the VRA that victims are facing throughout the state. Participate in generating new and creative strategies to effectively uphold VRA rights across Colorado!
Registration is free.
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Trauma-Informed Legal Services for Attorneys Working with Crime Victims
This webinar will provide attorneys with a comprehensive understanding on how to work with victims utilizing different skills based on what they learn about the effect that traumatic events have on the brain. For attorneys who work directly with victims of crime, understanding the complexity and specialized nature of the impact of trauma on a victim is imperative to provide competent representation and diligent fact-finding. Working with crime victims requires a specialized knowledge to diligently represent victims.
This training has been approved for 1 General and .6 Ethics CLE.
Registration is free.
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Advanced Legal Issue Spotting Training
Back by popular demand is our 2-day "Advanced Legal Issue Spotting" training. Research has shown that victims in Colorado often get confusing, inaccurate, and incomplete information regarding their legal issues from their advocates and support systems. Join this training to advance your skills and expertise as a victim advocate. After completing this training, you will be invited to join the Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC) Navigator team and be given exclusive access to additional training opportunities to continue enhancing your skill set, connection to other Navigators across Colorado, and more!
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Free Legal Representation
The Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services to victims of crime in Colorado. Victim legal services are provided through three programs:
Victim Rights Legal Services: Advocating for the rights of victims in criminal cases under the Colorado Victim Rights Act (VRA). Through this program, RMvlc strives to:
Empower victims with knowledge of the justice system
Protect victims' privacy rights
Protect victims' rights under Colorado and Federal Victims' Rights Acts
Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC): Facilitating comprehensive legal information serices on a variety of topics through our helpline (720-583-2929) and our website (www.coloradoLINC.org).
Title IX Legal Services: Addressing the legal needs of victims of gender-based violence in educational settings.
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 that victims with fairness, dignity, and respect by advocating on behalf to encourage meaningful interactions between victims and the systems with which they are interfacing.
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.
RMvlc serves all population groups and especially welcomes clients from traditionally under-served populations.
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. Intakes are typically done via telephone.
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.
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.
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Emily Tofte Nestaval, MSW,
Emily has been able to meld her passion for serving survivors of violence and non-profit management. Emily received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University - Bloomington and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan. Emily has had the honor of leading multiple anti-violence organizations and programs including The Network to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (now H.A.V.E.N.) in Bozeman, Montana, Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) in Boulder, Colorado, and the Sexual Violence Justice Institute; a program of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She also had the privilege to serve as the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) from 2011-2014. Her vision for improving survivor and victim access to supportive and legal services in Colorado brought her to RMvlc in 2012 and her passion for transforming systems to be more accessible to victims and survivors continues to be her source of motivation.
Ashley Arens, MSW, MSSP,
Client Services Director
Ashley joined Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center in November 2014. Ashley obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from East Carolina University in 2009 and a 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 in Newport News, Virginia, and went on to work in different community-based organizations with a focus on supporting marginalized individuals and victims of crime. Since beginning at RMvlc in 2014, Ashley has continued to hone their skill as an advocate. During their time with RMvlc, Ashley has worked to develop the victim services team and strengthen RMvlc’s multidisciplinary team model. Ashley has also presented at a number of different state-wide and national conferences with a focus on advocacy, victim rights, and the intersection of trauma and access to justice.
Kazi Houston, Esq.,
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.
Alexis King, Esq.,
Title IX Staff Attorney
Before joining RMvlc, Alexis was a public servant and advocate for criminal justice reform. Alexis served as a prosecutor for ten years in Jefferson & Gilpin counties, where she managed complex cases of the most serious nature. Alexis led the office’s Human Trafficking Unit in partnership with the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force and informed policy decisions statewide via her gubernatorial appointment to the Colorado Human Trafficking Council. In 2017, Alexis was welcomed by the Denver County Court to serve as a magistrate where she gained a new perspective on justice. Her focus turned to bond practices, minimizing pretrial incarceration and creating the first countywide symposium on procedural fairness. Alexis was born and raised in Colorado. She graduated with honors from Hollins University in Virginia. She returned to Colorado and worked for T.E.S.S.A., a domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy non-profit. She graduated from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver and clerked for the Honorable William D. Robbins in Denver District Court. Alexis spends her free time outdoors with family.
Michael joined Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center (RMvlc) in March 2019 as a Staff Attorney in charge of establishing and managing the Contract Attorney Program under the Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC) program. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from the UC Berkeley in 2005, his Juris Doctorate from Chapman University School of Law in 2008, and his Masters of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2017. Michael has had a diverse career, with experience working as an attorney in the music industry, employment law firms, government policy, and at a consumer electronics start-up. His passion for serving others, making a difference, and helping crime victims in Colorado brought him to RMvlc. During law school, Michael represented a domestic violence victim in obtaining permanent immigration status under the Violence Against Women Act. He since dedicated his time to serving others through his work at the Anti-Defamation League, pro bono legal clinics, and as a Big Brother mentor. Michael is a licensed attorney in Colorado, California, and Washington DC.
Molly Chilson is a fourth-generation Colorado native living in the Arkansas Valley. She joined RMvlc after serving as a prosecutor and elected district attorney in rural Colorado. Molly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in religious history from Hampshire College in western Massachusetts. She attended the University of Colorado School of Law, obtaining her Juris Doctor in 1999. Molly began her legal career as a prosecutor in the 5th Judicial District (Summit, Eagle, Lake and Clear Creek counties). She transitioned to private practice, serving clients in civil litigation, criminal defense and appeals. In 2004 she was the first woman elected to serve as district attorney for Colorado's 11th Judicial District (Chaffee, Custer, Park and Fremont counties). She served that office as a prosecutor, and again as an elected district attorney, until 2019. Molly has litigated civil and criminal cases in the trial courts of 17 Colorado counties. She has also practiced before the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court.
Victim Services Specialist
Kelsey joined RMvlc in May 2019 as the LINC Intake Specialist. Kelsey was born and raised in Colorado and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Colorado in 2014. Kelsey worked as an Assistant Hall Director at CU Boulder where she developed her desire to create systemic change to eliminate inequities in our systems. Kelsey obtained her Masters of Social Work in May 2019 from Metropolitan State University Denver and completed two years of internship work at the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault and at MSU Denver's Center for Multicultural Excellence & Inclusion and First Year Success. Kelsey is excited to continue working towards systemic change with RMvlc while advocating for and supporting victims and survivors in Colorado.
Camille Agnello, Esq.,
Title IX Fellow
After earning her Juris Doctorate from University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, Camille joined Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center (RMvlc) in October 2019 as a Colorado Civil Justice Corps fellow. During law school, Camille represented victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in civil protection order cases with a focus on trauma informed legal practice. Camille’s ambition to provide legal services to clients victimized by gender-based discrimination motivated her to pursue the Title IX fellowship position at RMvlc. Outside of work, Camille enjoys spending time with her puppy and two cats.
Hannah Leisman, Esq.
LINC Staff Attorney
Hannah is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School, where she was the first student in the university's history to pursue and complete a JD/MA in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Prior to joining RMvlc, Hannah worked in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., where she advocated for survivors by tracking and drafting victim-centered legislation, and in production management at The Second City theater company in Chicago. During law school, Hannah worked extensively in victims' rights organizations, participating in the Jacob Burns Domestic Violence Project Clinic and clerking for SurvJustice, Inc., where she represented survivors of campus sexual assault, published white papers on Title IX and engaged in community advocacy. After working in the private sector, Hannah wanted to return to the nonprofit world of survivor advocacy and was excited to join RMvlc in November 2019.
Title IX Victim Services Specialist
Amanda was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Spanish minor from the University of Denver in 2015. She began working in nonprofits in 2008 and with victims/survivors at Mothers Against Drunk Driving in 2015. Amanda joined Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center as a Victim Services Specialist in April 2020. Outside of work she enjoys scenic hikes and spending time with loved ones.
Rebecca Oakes, Victim Rights Victim Services Specialist
In 2007 Rebecca L. Oakes was appointed by Governor Ritter and reappointed by Governor Hickenlooper to serve on the (then) seven-member Colorado State Board of Parole. Ms. Oakes was appointed in July of 2013 by Governor Hickenlooper to serve as the Vice Chairperson of the Colorado State Board of Parole. Ms. Oakes held hearings to consider applications for parole and conducted proceedings involving the possible revocation of parole. Ms. Oakes was the longest serving member of the Colorado State Board of Parole and was recently certified as a facilitator for high-risk victim/offender dialogue. Prior to her appointment to the Parole Board, Ms. Oakes worked for the Division of Youth Services (DYS) as the Victim Services Coordinator. As the Victim Services Coordinator, Ms. Oakes was responsible for the development, oversight and coordination of victim services for the Division. Prior to her employment at DYS, Ms. Oakes worked for the Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) as the Victim Rights Act Specialist for the State of Colorado, and subsequently as the State and Local VALE (Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement) Administrator where she also provided guidance and oversight to the 22 local VALE programs and administered the State VALE grant program. Prior to working at DCJ, Ms. Oakes was a victim advocate in the Denver District Attorney's Office for five years. Primarily assigned to the Juvenile Unit, Ms. Oakes had also worked in the office's District, Drug and County Court units, and served as a volunteer victim advocate for the Oklahoma City bombing trial. Ms. Oakes served as a Commissioner on the Crime Prevention and Control Commission for the City & County of Denver by appointment of Governor Hickenlooper. Ms. Oakes also served on the Victims' Compensation and Assistance Coordinating Committee by appointment of Governor Owens from 1999 until 2000. Ms. Oakes is a cum laude graduate of California State University with a degree in psychology. Rebecca is also a graduate of the 2005 Leadership Denver Program administered by the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation and served on the state restorative Justice Council as the Parole Board representative from 2013 - 2019. Ms. Oakes is also a Board member for the Friends of the Haven, a drug and alcohol treatment therapeutic community that provides services to pregnant women and women with small children.
Lindsay Bernard Roehm,
Lindsay spent the last 13 years in the for-profit world, and always yearned to be part of something bigger. When the opportunity presented itself for her to join the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center team, she was overjoyed and quick to act! Being in a position where she can now offer support and positive change in, not only the workplace, but the community as a whole - has proven to be immensely fulfilling for her. She is proud to be a part of RMvlc and our incredibly important mission.
Tim Johnson, Esq.,
Tim Johnson graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1993 with a BA in Political Science and Economics and a minor in Astrophysics. He then graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1997. Tim was a career prosecutor for 21 years with the Boulder County District Attorney's Office. There he focused on the prosecution of domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and elder abuse cases. He has conducted over 200 trials in his career including many very high profile cases.
In addition to his duties as a prosecutor, Tim trained both statewide and nationally with the Ending Violence Against Women Project (EVAW), the Colorado District Attorney's Council (CDAC), and the National District Attorney's Association (NDAA). Many of his trainings were focused on victim rights, trauma informed investigations and prosecutions, and evidence based prosecutions. Tim volunteers for many community based organizations including groups training Internet and Digital Safety in schools. Tim is an active member in the Boulder County community and volunteers for several non-profits. Tim Johnson joined RMvlc's Board in June 2019.
Laura Wolf, Esq.,
Laura Wolf is a partner at Wolf Guevara LLP. Her practice includes advocating on behalf of individuals suffering from abuses of their
civil rights, including minors suffering from the violation of their rights by school officials, persons whose liberties are lost at the hands of the police and other government officials, and employees facing
discrimination in the workplace. Prior to forming Wolf Guevera LLP, Laura was a partner at a prominent civil rights firm in Denver, Colorado.
Laura graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University in 2008 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in May 2013. Laura
previously served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable R. Brooke Jackson on the United States District Court for the District of
In 2019, Laura launched a new project committed to helping others establish a career in the civil rights legal community called Spark Justice Careers, LLC. You can learn more about the project by going here: www.sparkjusticecareers.com.
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.
Raana N. Simmons, MPA., Secretary
Raana Simmons joined RMvlc’s Board of Directors in October 2019. Raana is the Director of Policy for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) and is also a member of the policy advisory committee for the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV). In her role at CCASA, Raana acts as the staff liaison at the State Capitol tasked with amplifying the collective voice of CCASA’s statewide membership to work in chorus with allied professionals and elected officials to advocate for legislative concepts that will improve the response to and prevention of sexual violence. Raana’s experience includes working for a variety of community-based organizations as a prevention educator, community organizer, awareness campaign director, and direct services advocate in the field of anti-violence. As an indigenous person, Raana is guided by ancient wisdoms that value collective decision-making, relationships, and responsible stewardship. She brings these values to her work by prioritizing extensive and engaged stakeholder processes that incorporate all voices – especially those at the intersections of race, gender, and socio-economic status. Raana believes the keystone of anti-violence work is found in depth of connection to community, where we all act as guardians in the legacy-building of a safer, fairer, and more just future.
Jean McAllister, MSW,
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.
Jessica Frazier, MSW,
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.
J. Anthony Antuna, Sergeant (Ret.),
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.
Pamela Maass, Esq.,
Pamela Maass is a civil attorney who represents victims of sexual abuse and child sexual abuse seek civil justice. Pamela started her legal career as a Felony Deputy District Attorney in Boulder, Colorado, conducting more than 40 jury trials and hundreds of motions hearings for cases involving victims of crime. Pamela went on to serve as the legal director for RMvlc and was elected to serve on RMvlc's Board of Directors in July 2019.
In 2018 Pamela drafted and advocated, alongside victims' rights organizations, the passage of two new laws to protect victims in civil cases, Civil Rape Shield and Extending the Statute of Limitations for Domestic Violence Torts. Both laws were passed in 2018. Pamela currently serves on the Policy Committees for the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.
Pamela has been recognized with the following honors:
2019 Access to Justice Award by the Colorado trial lawyers.
2018 Purple Ribbon Award by Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence
2017 Civil Justice Award by Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center.
If you have any questions, would like additional information, or are interested in RMvlc's services, please contact RMvlc:
Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center