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July Employee of the Month

Natalie Natalie is the Victim Services Coordinator for Snohomish County. Her colleagues voted her as Employee of the Month for August because she is just wonderful! She is a fantastic advocate who uses her natural empathy to connect with clients. She also has a great working knowledge of the criminal justice system. She works tremendously…

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A Brief History of Crime Victims’ Rights

Written By: Jonathan Moore, Outreach Specialist In 1981, Washington State enacted a Victims’ Bill of Rights, which enumerates 15 specific rights that serve to compensate, inform, empower, and protect crime victims in Washington State. In 1989, Washington State also amended its Constitution to further protect crime victims’ rights.  It took a decades-long movement, with powerful…

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History of National Night Out

Written By: Janet Quiroga, Hotline Coordinator National Night Out is an annual event where communities across the country connect with law enforcement. The focus of National Night Out is to get neighborhoods actively involved in preventing crime in their community. Here is how NNO all got started: “National Night Out was introduced in August of…

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Congratulations, Leslie

Last month, one of our very own, Leslie McPherson (Director of Hotline & Volunteer Services), graduated from the Leadership Snohomish County Signature Class on May 23. Leadership Snohomish County is the local organization recognized for cultivating sustainable leadership. Since its founding in 1996, LSC has graduated talented, motivated professionals who are informed about local issues…

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May Employee of the Month

Jennifer Slobom Jen was voted VSS’ employee of the month! Here is what one of her peers had to say about her! “Jen is just amazing! She is a kind and compassionate advocate who puts her clients first! She’s always ready to jump in and help with our events or step in when another advocate…

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Victims with Pride 🌈

Written By: Jennifer Kloesel, Information and Referral Specialist June is Pride Month and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that acted as a catalyst for the gay rights movement. Though we have made great progress in these past 50 years, statistics show that we, as a country, still have more to…

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Former VSS Volunteer Awarded by Seattle Federal Executive Board

We are proud to announce that former VSS volunteer, Maureen Causing, was awarded the Public Service Recognition Medal on May 8, 2019 at the Celebration of Public Service through the Seattle Federal Executive Board! The Celebration of Public Service is the Seattle Federal Executive Board’s most highly regarded event. The purpose of the event is…

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Missing and Unidentified Persons Awareness

Written By: Natalie Lanphear, Advocate The month of May is dedicated to Missing and Unidentified Persons Awareness. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, there are over 600,000 people who go missing in our country every year. Although a large amount of these individuals are found, there are still thousands who stay missing…

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Stress Awareness

Written By: Jennifer Kloesel, Information and Referral Specialist Stress is a common factor that we all share in life. We can experience stress when we are at work, at home, driving, and even at the grocery store. Stress can be associated with positive events: the birth of a child, going to an amusement park, or…

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Remove the Distractions

Written by: Emma Alty, Advocate April is distracted driving awareness month and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day approximately 9 people are killed and roughly 1000 people are injured from crashes due to distracted driving. There are three major types of distractions: cognitive, visual, and manual. Cognitive distractions happen when you…

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