VSS is happy to welcome our new Snohomish County Advocate, Amanda! She recently graduated from Biola University in South California with a degree in Sociology (Criminology concentration) and a minor in music (voice).  She is excited to have moved back to the beautiful PNW (where she grew up) and to start working at VSS! When not at…

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Written By: Jennifer, Whatcom County Advocate February is known as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, with 2020 being the 10th year of bringing awareness to such an important issue. According to Love is Respect, dating violence among teenagers is incredibly common – more so than most people realize. 1 out of 3 teenagers will be involved…

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Written By: Rachel, King County Advocate It is a common belief that human trafficking victims are kidnapped or otherwise violently brought illegally into the country and forced to work. While this is an unfortunate reality, more often trafficking victims have come to the US legally on temporary work visas. They are then forced into labor…

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Dear Reader, Can you imagine the pain of a mother’s first holiday season without her child?  Can you imagine the tragedy of a missing daughter, a murder, the attempt to keep a smile on one’s face because it is Christmas and there are other children to tend to?  This is the story of Lola Linstad,…

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Written by: Jennifer, Information and Referral Specialist      The holidays can be a joyous time filled with loved ones, gifts, and memories. It is a time that brings people together and it fills the air with altruism. The weather is cool, homes are cozy, and vacation time is just around the corner. There is…

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To Whom it May Concern, It is with humility and gratitude that I wish you a happy holiday season.  Because of the support of our community (YOU) we have reached 9,658 individuals to date in 2019 with courtroom advocacy, counseling, assistance through our hotline and through classes and outreach programming.  We have expanded our therapy…

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This month’s Employee of the Month is Rachel! Rachel has been with us for nearly a year and a half now but we can’t imagine VSS without her! Rachel has an incredible work ethic – she balances two locations in King County, Covington and Pioneer Square. She supports clients all over King County and has…

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Written By: Julie Thomas, Director of Victim Services and Education After my son died in 2016, my life froze. It froze into an existence of trying to figure out how to navigate the world without part of me here. I have four amazing children and to lose one is to lose part of my heart…

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Our faBOOlous Employee of the Month is none other than our lead advocate, Kimi! VSS is so happy to honor this FANGtastic employee. From teaching classes at CORE to assisting victims in court, Kimi is the ghostest with the mostest! Here is what some of her colleagues had to say about her! “Kimi is always…

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Written By: Emma, Island County Advocate Each year October is designated as National Crime Prevention Month. The National Crime Prevention Council assigns each week in October to a specific theme to help bring awareness to different issues. This week we have been exploring safety measures for keeping safe while using rideshares.   According to the…

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