• Rocky Mountain Victim
    Law Center

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

  • Support Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center.

    Colorado Gives Day is on December 4, 2018! Our goal is to raise $12,500 that will ensure we are fully funded to start our Title IX Legal Services program in January. Read our newsletter to learn more and pre-schedule your contribution to RMvlc today by clicking the donate button below!

     

  • 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.
     

    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.

     

    Find more information on the

    LINC website.

     

  • Open Positions

    Now accepting applications for:

     

    Contract Attorney Coordinator

     

    Coming Soon:

    Title IX Intake Specialist

    Title IX Staff Attorney

  • Upcoming Events and Trainings

    Beyond Notification: VRA 101

     

    This webinar will provide attendees an in-depth look at rights afforded to victims under the Colorado VRA while giving practical tips on how to make these rights meaningful to victims as they navigate the criminal justice system.

     

    Click below for more information and to register.

     

    Webinar Series: Trauma-Informed Care for Attorneys Working with Victims of Crime

     

    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.

     

    Registration is free. CLE Credits pending.

    Click on the time/date below for more information and to register.

  • Free 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

    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. 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.

  • 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 17 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. 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. After serving as the Executive Director of The Network to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (now H.A.V.E.N.) in Bozeman, Montana, Emily continued her career in Colorado as 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 had the privilege and honor to return 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, Esq.,

    Legal Director

    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 Warden, B.A.,

    LINC Intake Specialist

    Alexis joined Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center as the Legal Information Network of Colorado (LINC) Intake Specialist in May 2018. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2015 and is currently maneuvering through Law School applications. Alexis first found her passion for working with survivors as an intern advocate and peer educator at the Phoenix Center at Auraria. She is committed to helping empower survivors through knowledge of the criminal justice system, civil-legal system, and victim rights.

    Julia White, Esq., Victim Rights Staff Attorney

    Julia has worked in civil litigation and prosecution, and has previous experience providing civil legal services to survivors of domestic violence. She is a bilingual English/Spanish-speaker and enjoys providing bilingual legal services. Her goal is to empower survivors by helping them to understand their rights within the criminal justice and civil legal systems. Julia joined the RMvlc team in August 2018.

    Alejo Irurueta, Victim Rights Intake Specialist

    Alejo joined Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center in September of 2018 as an Intake Specialist and is bilingual English-Spanish speaking. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University in 2013. Prior to his work at RMvlc, Alejo worked at various organizations providing therapeutic services and case management for adults and children struggling with mental illness in both Boston and Hartford. Alejo is passionate about RMvlc’s commitment to advocate and empower survivors in Colorado.

    Sirikit Benja-Athonsirikul, Esq.

    LINC Staff Attorney

    Sirikit is a native New Yorker. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree double majoring in Art History and Asian Studies at Colgate University. In 2011, Sirikit obtained her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University where she was the recipient of the CALI Excellence for the Future Award 2011 and the Gold Pro Bono Service Award 2011. Sirikit went on to pursue her passion of working with underserved communities at The Suffolk County Legal Aid Society and later began work at the New York Legal Assistance Group’s LegalHealth unit where she ran free legal clinics serving low-income New Yorkers with serious health issues. In her role as a senior staff attorney Sirikit worked with hospital patients on a wide range of legal matters including government benefits, disability, housing, family law and advanced planning. Throughout her time at NYLAG, Sirikit also did extensive immigration work and ran free immigration legal clinics in a community hospital setting. She worked with many patients with severe medical conditions as well as victims of crime, domestic violence and torture and did extensive advocacy work surrounding immigrant access to healthcare and public benefits. Her passion for working with crime victims grew through her work serving undocumented immigrants in U-Visa and VAWA cases. This passion brought her to RMvlc in 2018 where she serves as the LINC Program Staff Attorney. Sirikit is bilingual English-Spanish speaking.

    John Clune, Esq.,

    Founder,

    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.

    Jean McAllister, MSW,

    Chair

    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.

    Laura Wolf, Esq.,

    Vice Chair

    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.

    Mary Friedrichs, LCSW,

    Immediate Past 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.

    Dave Loucks,

    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.

    Jessica Frazier, MSW,

    Board Member

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Cari Simon, Esq.,

    Board Member

    Cari Simon graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude. She was the President of the Harvard Women’s Law Association and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Journal on Law and Gender. Following law school, Cari clerked for Judge Morgan Christen of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and then served as the inaugural fellow at the Harvard Law School Gender Program where she represented victims of campus sexual assault in the Title IX context. For several
    years prior to law school, Cari worked on Capitol Hill, including as the director of the
    Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus.
    Cari has partnered with NCVBA to provide advanced legal training on Title IX and school sexual violence to United States Attorney Generals across the country. Cari is a leader in the national movement to address campus sexual assault, serving on the Board of Know Your IX and the
    Advisory Council of the National Crime Victims Law Institute, and working closely with the National Women’s Law Center, Public Justice, and the United Stated Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women among others. Cari trains campus advocates nationally as a National Organization for Victim Assistance faculty member and serves on the End Sexual
    Violence in Education Leadership Council.
    Cari’s nationwide law practice focuses on the civil representation of victims of school related sexual violence and other misconduct. Cari joined RMvlc's Board of Directors in March 2018.

  • 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