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.
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.
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.
Ashley Arens joined RMvlc in November 2014. Ashley obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from East Carolina University in North Carolina in 2009 and her Master of Social Work and Master of Science in Social Policy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania. Since arriving in Denver in 2012, she has worked for Urban Peak as a case manager and life skills counselor. She has also represented Urban Peak at the Human Trafficking Center at DU, served on coalitions within the city involving HIV and youth, and served as a sexual assault victim's advocate.
Sasha Hutchings joined RMvlc in early 2014. She received her Master’s degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Fairfield University. Sasha joins the RMvlc having most recently worked as the Assistant Director of Seeds of Hope Charitable Trust in Denver, Colorado, where she was responsible for running the organization’s operations. She has also worked extensively with at-risk youth and their families, including teaching in an inner-city school in Boston, Massachusetts, and working with the Social Service Project and Criminal Juvenile Justice Project at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic in Chicago, Illinois.
Emily Nourse joined RMvlc in September 2014. She comes to Denver from Nashville, TN, where she managed the Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program at Family and Children’s Service. Much of Emily's work has been in the field of domestic violence, where she has provided individual and family counseling, led therapeutic support groups, was involved in community advocacy, and provided crisis intervention. Emily has been active with the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence and has collaborated with other domestic violence agencies to increase awareness of the issue. Emily served on the Nashville Mayor's Safety Assessment that was charged with identifying gaps in victims' safety. Emily received her Masters of Divinity degree in 2004 and her Masters in Counseling in 2012.
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.
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.
Paul Kay joined RMvlc’s Board of Directors in August 2013. Paul is a veteran of several industries where his skills as a Chief Security Officer and Global Risk leader has created immense value for his customers through developing strategy and governance programs in physical and information security; investigations and ethics; business continuity; enterprise risk; crisis management; global regulatory compliance; and more. Paul served in law enforcement in many roles including as an organized crime and major case detective and terrorism taskforce officer. Paul currently serves as the Chief Security Officer for MillerCoors and is the National Executive Sponsor for the MillerCoors AsEAN ERG. Paul has previously served at other Fortune 500 and 100 companies to include retail, distribution, banking, and consulting. Paul holds a Juris Doctorate, a MPA and a BS in Police Science and Management.
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.
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