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November Employee of the Month

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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Lessons Learned in my Grief

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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October Employee of the Month

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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Stay Safe while Riding

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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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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