Lia Williams is the new Outreach Coordinator and Advocate at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. Lia graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology. She also obtained her Paralegal Certification at Georgetown University. Lia has worked in legal and corporate settings, such as LexisNexis. Most recently, she worked as an Education and Outreach Specialist for MOCSA (Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City, MO).
Donna Slone-Gumbert is the new Victims’ Rights Advocate at Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center southwestern Ohio office. She joined OCVJC in May 2017, with more than twenty years of comprehensive experience working within the criminal justice system, focusing on victims’ rights and advocacy. She is experienced in prosecutor-based victim services, as well as non-profit community based and national victim service agencies.
OCVJC would like to recognize Larry Queen, founder and CEO of Queen Financial Group, LLC. Not only is Mr. Queen a successful business owner, but he is also a generous philanthropist, supporting organizations such as Special Olympics, Volunteers of America, the Down Syndrome Association, Goodwill, and Gahanna School District. In 2016, Mr. Queen won a Models of Justice Award for his work supporting victims’ rights and the Central Ohio community.
Leigh Anne Newcomer is a mother, student, and long distance wife. She will graduate from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in May of 2017. After graduation, she will work as an associate attorney in the Columbus office of Squire Patton Boggs (US), LLP, in the firm’s corporate practice group
Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 2-8, 2017, hosted special events and programs including the Models of Justice Awards Celebration and the Victims’ Rights Toolkit Library Partnership, to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.
Farmers Insurance is taking a leading role in the fight for victims’ rights by presenting the 2017 Models of Justice Awards. The Models of Justice Awards honors survivors, advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, legislators, and community leaders who have made significant contributions in protecting, preserving, and advancing the rights of crime victims.
The Delaware County Juvenile Court Victim Services program provides information and support for victims of juvenile crime in Delaware County, Ohio, and strives to ensure that case-related decisions include greater consideration for the victim. The program is committed to protecting victims by:
Ohio law mandates that public schools adopt policies to prohibit bullying behaviors. (Ohiobar.org) Such behavior is defined as, “any intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act that one student has taken against another student more than one time that resulted in either physical or mental harm.” Additionally, the behavior must be repeated or severe enough to create a “threatening, intimidating, or abusive” environment for the victim.
Racism is as ugly as ever in Modern America. Racism is not in decline. Racism is no longer hidden or only spoken in whispered tones or coded language. Racism appears to be back in style. It has almost become cool to say what was once thought of as taboo.