Katie Winternitz

Volunteer Spotlight: Katie Winternitz

Katie Winternitz has volunteered her time as a legal student intern with OCVJC for two semesters. During her time at OCVJC, she has performed many legal research and writing tasks, including research on victims' rights case law from throughout the country. Katie is a second-year law student at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Her passion is to pursue a career in criminal law in order to help people through the criminal justice system.


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Mulligans, Skins, Shotgun Starts

As the weather cools, we’ve been gearing up for our annual celebrity golf outing.  This year, Rock N’ Jock for Justice will be hosted at York Golf Club and will include celebrities from The Ohio State University, the Bengals, the Browns, the Steelers, and many more teams.  We hope that you can all join us for a fun afternoon of golf and raising money to protect the rights of crime victims!

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NOVA #BeTheVoice

In August, our staff attended the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Annual Conference in Florida. The conference emphasized self-care for advocates. Our staff was able to network with victim professionals from around the country. Staff attended trainings on Trauma-Informed Victim Interviewing, Ethics in Victim Services, Building Trust Between Victims & Police, Strengthening Partnerships within our Community, and many others.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Dave Jingo

Dave Jingo has been in the television business for over 30 years.  His clients have included the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Clinic, Great Lakes Science Center, and University of Akron. Dave has edited and produced many television shows, including “Urban Cancer Project: A Family’s Story”, for which he won an Emmy Award. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Brandi McGinnis

Brandi McGinnis has volunteered her time as a paralegal student intern with OCVJC for two semesters. During her time at OCVJC, she has performed many legal research and writing tasks, including extensive work on Marsy’s Law case law from throughout the country. Brandi’s comprehensive knowledge and attention to detail have made her an invaluable resource. Currently a paralegal student, Brandi is departing OCVJC to attend law school. OCVJC wishes Brandi the best of luck in law school and beyond.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kanchanarani Krishnamoorthy

Kanchanarani Krishnamoorthy generously volunteers her time helping Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. Kanchana comes from an I.T. background and uses her skills to help OCVJC tackle challenging technology projects. Kanchana is leading the charge in improving OCVJC’s Google Adwords marketing campaign. Her tireless efforts have allowed many more people to learn about OCVJC’s services and trainings. OCVJC thanks Kanchana for her hard work and dedication to the victims’ rights movement.

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2018 Models of Justice Award Recipients

On April 12, Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center and Farmers New World Life Insurance honored survivors, advocates, law enforcement, prosecutors, legislators, and community leaders who have made significant contributions in protecting, preserving, and advancing the rights of crime victims. These individuals possess Courage to Fight, Strength to Heal, Power to Survive, and Leadership to Inspire. They are truly “Models of Justice.” This year’s awards ceremony honored eleven “Models of Justice.”

Marsy's Law History

In 1983, Marsy Nicholas, a University of California Santa Barbara student, was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend. After the crime, Marsy’s family suffered considerable distress, as they juggled coping with the loss of a beloved daughter while simultaneously dealing with her murderer’s presence in their town. In one instance, Marsy’s mother walked into a supermarket after visiting her daughter’s grave, and saw the accused murderer. She had no idea that he had been released on bail.

Marsy's Law Summary

Issue 1 - Marsy’s Law: Rights for Crime Victims

Constitutional Amendment

Effective February 5, 2018.


PLEASE NOTE: This explanation addresses the Marsy’s Law constitutional amendment only. Implementing legislation will refine and define many of the rights discussed herein. The goal of implementation language associated with Marsy’s Law is to ensure that it is easy and practical for crime victims to understand and exercise their rights.

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Volunteer Spotlight: April Brown

My name is April Brown, and I joined OCVJC’s team in November to help with event planning. I also volunteer for American Heart Association and Habitat for Humanity. I enjoy giving back to my community, spending time with my family, and making a difference in the world. I decided to join OCVJC because I believe that everyone needs a helping hand during their darkest days and should know that they are not alone. By helping with event planning, I will promote the services OCVJC provides, and help raise money to ensure this organization stays funded to serve victims of crime.