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Speaking Out for Victims

Work experience

Jun 1998Present

Deputy Executive Director

National Center for Victims of Crime

6/1/2010—Present

Assist Executive Director with operational management, partnerships, policy and communication strategy, and development.

Acting Executive Director, 1/1/2010—6/1/2010

Serve as Chief Executive Officer of the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for victims of all types of crime. Manage a staff of 27 employees and an annual budget of $3.5 million. Oversee five programmatic areas, including:

  • Victim Services, including a toll-free helpline referring an average of 2,000 callers per month to over 15,0000 local victim service organizations;
  • Public Policy, which monitors crime victim-related legislation on federal, state and local level; provides technical assistance to policy makers on a wide variety of victim issues; advocates on behalf of victims though the legislative process;
  • Public Education, which increases awareness of crime victim issues among the general population though the National Crime Victims Rights Week Resource Guide, and  though media partnerships with Lifetime Television and Discovery Communications;
  • Training and Technical Assistance,  which trains over 10,000 victim service and criminal justice professionals each year through our:
    • National Conference with over 80 skill-building multidisciplinary workshops;
    • Stalking Resource Center, the official OVW training and technical assistance provider for law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim advocates on stalking issues;
    • Youth Initiative which develops teen-led demonstration projects in localities across the country on increasing awareness regarding teen victimization and available services; also works with youth-serving agencies to improve response to teen victims.
  • Civil Justice, though our National Crime victim Bar Association which helps victims secure justice and accountability through civil lawsuits against perpetrators and responsible third-parties.

The executive director serves as primary media spokesman for the agency, and leading authority on issues of criminal victimization. Executive director is the point of contact for the National Center’s partnering federal agencies, including the Office for Victims of Crime, Office on Violence Against Women, National Institute of Justice, and Office of Community Oriented Police Services. Responsible for development of all financial resources for the National Center through a combination of government and foundation grants, corporate and individual gifts, as well as membership revenue. Work in partnership with and report to a governing board of directors.

Director, National Crime Victim Bar Association, 2006-PresentDeputy Director, National Crime Victim Bar Association, 2001-2006Chief Counsel for Civil Justice, 1998-2001 Provide strategic leadership and operational management for the National Crime Victim Bar Association, which seeks to integrate an increased awareness of the civil remedies available to victims of crime into the criminal justice system and to provide technical assistance to attorneys representing victims in civil actions. Forge collaborative relationships with allied organizations on a state and national level. Counsel crime victims on the rights and remedies available to them. Often described as an inspiring and motivational speaker; in high demand as a keynote speaker and seminar instructor to train attorneys, victim service providers, mental health providers, judges, law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals across the nation (thirty seven states to date) on issues related to victimization. Proficient in public policy, funding and service-delivery issues related to homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking (including the use of technology to stalk), identity theft, child sexual abuse, elder abuse, mass trauma arising from terrorism, victim compensation, restitution, and victimization in special needs populations. Took part in broad, mission-oriented, programs including the following:
  • Provided outreach and advocacy to 1500 victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks through twenty seven forums held across the nation; trained over 2000 attorneys who volunteered to assist those victims.
  • Evaluated the efficacy of a federal grant program for civil legal assistance for victims of domestic violence by analyzing data and interviewing judges, lawyers, advocates and other stakeholders in communities and reservations that received grant funds.
19961998

Associate

Hudgins, Carter and Coleman

Responsible for all aspects of civil litigation in a predominantly defense-oriented practice. Served as outside counsel to the Office of the Virginia Attorney General, and in that capacity represented sheriffs, local governments, and other constitutional officers in defense of civil claims.

19941996

Judicial Law Clerk

Judges of the 17th Judicial Circuit

Clerked for the Hon. William Winston, the Hon. Paul F. Sheridan, the Hon. Benjamin Kendrick, and the Hon. William T. Newman, Jr.  Conducted legal research and drafted written judicial opinions. Reviewed proposed orders to determine compliance with statutory requirements. Briefed cases and motions for Judge in preparation for oral arguments. Briefed criminal sentencing recommendations and requests to revoke probation. Reviewed petitions for Writs of Habeas Corpus. Evaluated pleadings in divorce and adoption cases.

Jan 1993May 1993

Legal Intern

Commonwealth's Attorney

Prosecuted criminal cases in General District Court under the supervision of an attorney via third-year practice certificate.

Jan 1992Mar 1992

Legislative Aide

Delegate Toddy Puller

Served as Legislative Aide during 1992 legislative session. Coordinated and tracked legislation introduced by Delegate Puller. Wrote initial drafts of some bills. Recruited co-patrons for legislation. Assisted with constituent services.

May 1991Aug 1991

Governor's Fellow

Office of the Virginia Attorney General

Appointed by Governor L. Douglas Wilder, in a program modeled after the White House Fellows, to work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Attorney General on major litigation and public policy issues. Conducted legal and factual research. Assisted in the preparation of pleadings and briefs, and development of cases for trial. Assisted in drafting official opinions of the Attorney General.

Jan 1990Mar 1990

Committee Clerk

Senate of Virginia

1990 legislative session - Clerked for Senate Committees on Commerce and Labor, and Education and Health. Worked with chairmen and members to prepare legislation to be heard in committee. Recorded official votes and reported actions to full Senate. Served as liaison to constituents and lobbyists wishing to track legislation. Drafted amendments to proposed legislation.

Education

2011

Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Georgetown University
Aug 1985Jan 1990

Bachelor of Arts

Awards

Justice for Victims

Development

Print Media Interviews (click to read)

Published Articles (click title to read article)

Civil Liability for Identity Theft, with James Ferguson, TRIAL, American Association for Justice, February, 2007, at 48-51.

Because Time Won't Heal All, with Jetta Bernier, Opinion Editorial, BOSTON HERALD, June 29, 2006, at 31.

More Days Before Deadline, TRIAL, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, September 2001, at 60-65.

When Your Case is News: Media Strategies for Crime Victim Litigation, VICTIM ADVOCATE, V.2, N.3, Winter 2001, at 11-13.

Equitable Relief: the Key to Creative Justice, VICTIM ADVOCATE, V.2, N. 2, Fall 2000, at 5.

Capacity: Special Considerations When Representing Elder Clients, VICTIM ADVOCATE, V. 1, N. 2, Fall 1999, at 5.

Liable to Whom? Psychiatrists Expanding Duty of Care in Crime Victim Litigation, CRIME VICTIM LITIGATION QUARTERLY, V. 5, N. 3&4, January 1999, at 1-3.

Compelling the Good Samaritan: a Renewed Call for the Duty to Rescue, CRIME VICTIM LITIGATION QUARTERLY, V. 5, N. 1, August 1998, at 1-3.

Testimonials

"Jeff Dion has dedicated his career to fighting crime and helping victims.  Jeff has been recognized as one of the best victim advocates in the nation and I'm proud to call him my friend."John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted.

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"I have known Jeff for more than a decade.  He was a leader of the victims' rights community in Fairfax County, Virginia, where I served on the County Board of Supervisors. He is a persuasive and eloquent advocate for victims and has effectively worked with stakeholders throughout the criminal justice system to promote  more coordinated response to the needs of victims.  He is a well-reasoned consensus-builder, respected by law enforcement, fellow attorneys, judges and advocates." Congressman Gerry Connolly

 "Mr. Dion, thank you for your insight and your passion. You are a wonderful advocate and a tremendous credit to your profession." Seminar Attendee, Peoria,IL, November 2013

“It was a great training and you were a wonderful speaker. If I wasn't already motivated to assist victims of crime, you would have encouraged me to do so. I am so glad for this opportunity because civil justice is not something I ever considered for our victims before now. Thank you for helping me become a better advocate!” Seminar Attendee, Kansas City, MO, April 2008

“Jeff was incredibly inspiring and knowledgeable.”

Seminar Attendee, Columbia, MD May 2008

“I’ve been a victim advocate for 17 years, 14 with the Cook County State’s Attorneys Office and 3 for the US Postal Inspection Service. I have never seen as comprehensive a victim advocacy group as the one that was here today. Jeff stayed on track, respectful to all participants, even when questions were outside scope. He had relevant anecdotal information; he was funny, energetic, easy going, easy to understand, a great presenter, and knew Illinois law. One of the most informative and encouraging seminars I’ve attended. Thank you.”Seminar Attendee, Chicago, IL , Oct 2008

“Over the years I have attended many seminars and sent my staff to many, as well.However, after hearing you and the panel of attorneys speak at a recent seminar, one of our agency's Legal Advocates could hardly wait to tell me how absolutely delighted she was with your presentation and knowledge, as well as that of the panel.She expressed to me her excitement of learning new information that will help her assist victims of abuse, and having experts who made it real for her.I have asked her to share some of the information with other staff and she has asked that more staff members be made aware of the next presentation.Thank you for making an impact and for educating others in a way that sparks enthusiasm and learning.She said she has never taken so many notes and had never gotten as much useful information in the course of any seminar.”Seminar Attendee, Chicago, IL, Oct 2008

“I had just sent a thank you this morning to the folks that registered me for your seminar. I let them know that it was wonderful and that it could have been a two or three day session. All questions were answered in a respectful and non-rushed manner. Your seminar really made me think. I have had experience with a family member age 4 raped and murdered43 years ago, another who he and his wife were murdered 17 years ago (she was raped after they killed her), another who was shot and killed as he sat in his car 16 years ago. I have been the victim of sexual assault twice. I did not attend your seminar for these reasons. I work with individuals that are developmentally disabled and in most cases I am their voice. I wanted to find ways to assist them and you provided that. You also opened a flood gate of memories of those close to me that have been victims twice because no one has taken up a cause for them. You pay honor to your sister by what you do. You make her real. She did exist and had a purpose. Her life was cut short but not the memories of what she meant to you and your family.I will take up the challenge to be a better advocate for not only people that may fall victim to crime but for those innocents that have been robbed of laughter, tears, and time. You enabled me to revisit memories of those I loved. How many more people sat at your seminar yesterday and experienced the same?Bless you for what you do.”Seminar Attendee, Newark, DE Sept 2008

“Jeff is not only articulate but delivered info in a great manner; we were not talked down to and he was extremely good at delivering and explaining what could very easily be overwhelming.He had good examples and interacts well with other panel members to ask questions, to bring points across, or to open a topic.He adds just the right amount of humor to make sometimes frustrating laws or cases engaging.”Seminar Attendee, Seattle, WA June 2008

Speech and Presentation Videos (click title to view video)

Boards and Commissions

ACTION IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH SERVICE (ACTS)

Prince William County, VirginiaBoard of Directors 2012-PresentServed on Board of Directors of County's largest social service organization operating sexual assault and domestic violence programs, homeless shelters, emergency assistance programs and a food bank.

SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM ADVOCACY SERVICE OF PRINCE WILLIAM, Inc. (SAVAS)President 2010-2012Vice President 2008-2010Serve on Board of Directors of local rape crisis center with annual budget of $230,000 and which serves nearly 500 victims per year. In 2012, SAVAS merged with ACTS.

VIRGINIA CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES BOARD 2001-PresentAppointed by the Governor to the Criminal Justice Services Board, which is comprised of representatives from all aspects of the criminal justice system on both state and local levels of government, including judges, prosecutors, sheriffs, and chiefs of police. The Board sets policy for the Department of Criminal Justice Services, and oversees all grant funds related to criminal justice, including Victims of Crime Act and Violence Against Women Act grant funds.

Victim Services Grants Review Committee, 2001-PresentReview all applications for victim services and sexual assault grant programs. Make funding recommendations to the full board.

Victim Issues Advisory Committee, 1998-Present; Chairman 2003-presentServe as victim representative on a multi-disciplinary committee of legislators, judges, prosecutors, corrections officials, law enforcement, victim advocates and other criminal justice stakeholders charged with making recommendations to the Criminal Justice Services Board on matters related to victims' rights and services.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO PREVENT SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN (NAPSAC)

Board of Directors 2007-2008

Advisory Council, 2008-PresentNAPSAC is an organization dedicated to ending the sexual abuse of children through awareness, education, and the advocacy of children's rights through legal reform.

JOINT SUBCOMMITTEE TO STUDY THE COMMONWEALTH'S PROGRAM FOR PRISONER REENTRY TO SOCIETY 2007-2008Served as crime victim representative on a Virginia General Assembly legislative study committee tasked with recommending feasible and appropriate alternatives to facilitate the successful reintegration of prisoners into their communities.

FAIRFAX JUVENILE & DOMESTIC RELATIONS DISTRICT COURT CITIZENS' ADVISORY COUNCIL 1996-2000Vice Chairman, 1998-2000Served as citizen representative on a council charged with advising the court on operations and services that could better serve client populations. Areas of activity included docket reform, facilities improvements, increased involvement from prosecutors, and improved services for victims of domestic violence.

VIRGINIANS UNITED AGAINST CRIME, 1996-2001First Vice President 1997-2000Legislative Chairman, 1996-PresentProposed and drafted statutory language for fifteen pieces of legislation effecting crime victims' rights in Virginia. Thirteen of those bills have been enacted into law. Obtained Patrons and co-patrons for legislation. Lobbied legislators for support Organized witnesses to testify in committee. Organized Legislative Advocacy Days in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Built coalitions with allied groups to suppoprt legislation.

BORROMEO HOUSING, 1994-1998

Board of Directors

Provided oversight, policy development and assisted with development for a long-term transitional housing program based in Arlington, Virginia for young, homeless mothers and their children.  Program provided shelter, coordinated public social services, provided parenting classes, job placement, and training in life-management skills.

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

List of Presentations

Assisting Families and Significant Others when Homicide Occurs

April 2008Annual Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Week Conference, Topeka, KS

Civil Justice for Victims of Crime

May 2009NCVC Training Institute, Montpelier VT

April 2009NCVC Training Institute, Charleston, WV

March 2009NCVC Training Institute, San Francisco, CA

February 2009Illinois Advanced Victim Assistance Academy, Bloomington, IL

January 2009NCVC Training Institute, Rock Island, IL

November 2008NCVC Training Institute, Pensacola, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Miami and St. Petersburg, FL

October 2008NCVC Training Institute, Chicago, IL

September 2008NCVC Training Institute, Las Vegas, NV

September 2008NCVC Training Institute, Minneapolis, MN

September 2008NCVC Training Institute, Newark, DE

September 2008NCVC Training Institute, Buffalo, NY

August 2008Virginia Crime Prevention Council, Fredericksburg, VA

July 2008Virginia Victim Assistance Academy, Richmond,VA

July 2008NCVC Training Institute, New York, NY

July 2008NCVC Training Institute, Boston, MA

June 2008NCVC Training Institute, Ashland, NE

June 2008NCVC Training Institute, Seattle, WA

June 2008NCVC Training Institute, Portland, OR

May 2008NCVC Training Institute, Columbia, MD

May 2008NCVC Training Institute, New Haven, CT

April 2008NCVC Training Institute, Kansas City, MO

March 2008NCVC Training Institute, New Brunswick, NJ

February 2008NCVC Training Institute, Providence, RI

December 2007NCVC Training Institute, Fairfax, VA

October 2007NCVC Training Institute, Savannah, Albany, and Atlanta, GA

April 2007NCVC Training Institute, Allentown and Philadelphia, PA

February 2007NCVC Training Institute, Miami, FL

April 2006NCVC Training Institute, Phoenix and Tucson, AZ

February 2006NCVC Training Institute, Los Angeles, CA

January 2006NCVC Training Institute, Ft. Myers, Clearwater, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Ft. Walton Beach, FL

October 2006NCVC Training Institute, Milwaukee, WI

August 2005Wyoming State Victim Services Conference, Cheyenne, WY

April 2005NCVC Training Institute, Meriden, CT

April 2005NCVC Training Institute, Phoenix AZ

May 2005NCVC Training Institute, Raleigh, NC

December 2004PA Pathways Conference, State College, PA

September 2004NCVC Training Institute, Mt. Laurel and Piscataway, NJ

June 2004Florida Network for Victim Witness Services, Orlando, FL

May 2004NCVC Training Institute, Portland, ME

April 2004NCVC Training Institute, Jacksonville, FL

March 2004NCVC Training Institute, Philadelphia, PA

October 2003NCVC Training Institute, Washington, DC

October 2003Delaware State Crime Victim Conference, Newark, DE

September 2003Male Survivor Conference, Minneapolis, MN

May 2003Minnesota Crime Victim Conference, Brainerd, MN

May 2003NYS Crime Victim Board Regional Training, New York, Rochester and Albany

April 2003Utah Crime Victim Conference, Ogden, UT

October 2002NCVC Training Institute, Minneapolis, MN

October 2002NCVC Training Institute, Arlington, VA

September 2002National Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Salt Lake City, UT

April 2002NCVC Training Institute, Seattle, WA

March 2002NCVC Training Institute, Ft. Worth TX

December 2001NCVC Training Institute, Arlington, VA

October 2001National Organization for Male Sexual Victimization, New York, NY

October 2001NCVC Training Institute, Los Angeles, CA

June 2001NCVC Training Institute, Ann Arbor, MI

June 2001NCVC Training Institute, Boston, MA

May 2001Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Atlanta, GA

January 2001NCVC Training Institute, Atlanta, GA

November 2000Kentucky Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Coalition, Lexington, KY

October 2000New York Crime Victims Board, Albany, NY

August 2000National Victim Assistance Conference, Miami, FL

July 2000Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Indianapolis, IN

June 2000Florida Network for Victim Witness Services, Sanibel Island, FL

May 2000Two Days in May, Columbus OH

March 2000Missouri Organization for Victim Assistance, Lake of the Ozarks, MO

October 1999Washington Office of Crime Victim Advocacy, Lake Chelan, WA

August 1999Virginia DCJS Sexual Assault Institute, Salem, VA

August 1999National Victim Assistance Conference, Los Angeles, CA

June 1999Florida Network for Victim Witness Services, West Palm Beach, FL

May 1999Two Days in May, Columbus, OH

April 1999South Carolina Victim Assistance Network, Columbia, SC

March 1999Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Richmond, VA

August 1998National Victim Assistance Conference, Orlando, FL

Civil Justice for Victims of Sexual Assault

November 2004NCVC Training Institute, San Diego, CA

Civil Litigation of Campus Crime

July 2002ATLA Litigation at Sunrise, Atlanta, GA

Civil Litigation of Sexual Assault

October 2004National Crime Victim Bar Assn. On-line CLE series

Civil Litigation of Stalking Cases

April 2006Stalking in the 21st Century, PA Coalition Against Rape, Mansfield, PA

March 2006Intimate Partner Stalking: A Coordinated Community Response, Atlanta, GA

February 2002ATLA Litigation at Sunrise, Miami, FL

March 2003Intimate Partner Stalking Conference, Memphis, TN

Correlation between Stalking and Sexual Assault

June 2006Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, St. Petersburg, FL

April 2006Stalking in the 21st Century, PA Coalition Against Rape, Mansfield, PA

March 2006Intimate Partner Stalking: A Coordinated Community Response, Atlanta, GA

Crime Victims as Clients

July 1999ATLA Litigation at Sunrise, San Francisco, CA

February 1999ATLA Inadequate Security Litigation Group, Phoenix, AZ

Crime Victim Experiences in the Civil Justice System

June 2008NCVC National Conference, Portland, OR

Crime Victim Perspectives on Offender Reentry

September 2004Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities Conference, Arlington, VA

Understanding Economic Loss and the Federal Compensation Fund

January 2004Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Mohawk Nation, Kahnawake, QE

December 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, New York (Manhattan), NY

December 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Baltimore, MD

November 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, New York (Brooklyn), NY

November 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, New York (Bronx), NY

September 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, New York (Manhattan), NY

September 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Morristown, NJ

August 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Suffern, NY

July 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, San Francisco, CA

June 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Stamford, CT

June 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

May 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Hauppage, NY

May 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Edison, NJ

April 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, New York, NY

April 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Philadelphia, PA

March 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Bedford, MA

February 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Arlington, VA

February 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Costa Mesa, CA

February 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Emeryville, CA

January 2003Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, New York, NY

November 2002Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, New York (Staten Island), NY

November 2002Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Woodbury, NY

October 2002Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Edison, NJ

September 2002Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Trevose, PA

June 2002Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, Arlington, VA

April 2002Critical Choices for Victims of September 11th, New York (Manhattan), NY

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Identifying Resources for Crime Victims and Their Counsel

March 2004NJ Victims of Crime Compensation Board Attorney Seminar, Mt. Laurel, NJ

February 2004NJ Victims of Crime Compensation Board Attorney Seminar, Parsippany, NJ

October 2001Nat. Crime Victim Bar Assn. (NCVBA) National Conference, Arlington, VA

June 2001NCVBA and MA Academy of Trial Attorneys, Boston, MA

June 2001NCVBA and MI Trial Lawyers Assn., Ann Arbor, MI

March 2001ATLA Inadequate Security Litigation Group, Miami, FL

March 2001Fairfax Bar Association, Fairfax, VA

November 2000Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Tampa & Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Extended Civil Statute of Limitations for Crime Victims

February 2001ATLA Litigation at Sunrise, New Orleans, LA

Fighting Child Sex Abuse: Keeping the Faith

July 2007Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Washington, DC

Interaction of Civil and Criminal Attorneys in Protecting Victims’ Rights and Causes of Action

June 2008(panel moderator) Arizona State Bar Convention, Tucson, AZ

Joining the Larger Community of Crime Victims

July 2006Survivor’ Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Jersey City, NJ

Keynote Address on Enforcement of Victims’ Rights

April 2000Virginia Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Luncheon, Chantilly, VA

Keynote Address Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Virginia Victims’ Bill of Rights

July 2005Virginia Dept. of Criminal Justice Services, Williamsburg, VA

Keynote Address for Crime Victims’ Rights Week

April 2009Yuma County Victims’ Right Week Dinner, Yuma, AZ

April 2009                United States Parole Commission, Bethesda, MD

April 2007Yuma County Victims’ Right Week Dinner, Yuma, AZ

April 2005Virginia Department of Corrections, Richmond, VA

Making Your Case before the September 11th Compensation Fund

March 2004NCVBA Attorney Training, New York, NY

March 2004NCVBA Attorney Training, New York, NY

March 2004NCVBA Attorney Training, Edison, NJ

Remedies for Victims of Stalking and Sexual Assault

March 2003Judicial Conference on Stalking and Sexual Assault, Lexington, KY

Repeat Victimization

October 20069th Annual Child Abuse Conference, Burlington, VT

Sexual Assault Services for Underserved Populations

December 2007VA DCJS Sexual Assault Institute, Chesterfield, VA

June 2006VA DCJS Sexual Assault Institute, Roanoke, VA

Sources of Recovery for Identity Theft

February 2006ATLA Litigation at Sunrise, Honolulu, HI

Special Needs of Victims of September 11th

March 2002Trial Lawyers Care, Baltimore, MD

March 2002New York State Trial Lawyers Association, New York, NY

February 2002Trial Lawyers Care, New York, NY; Iselin, NJ; and Miami, FL

January 2002Trial Lawyers Care, New York, White Plains, and Mineola, NY

Stalking 101

May 2006Police Training, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Media, PA

April 2006Stalking in the 21st Century, PA Coalition Against Rape, Mansfield, PA

March 2006Intimate Partner Stalking: A Coordinated Community Response, Atlanta, GA

February 2006NCVC Training Institute, Los Angeles CA

Stalking: Prosecution and Legal Issues

July 2005National Network to End Domestic Violence, San Jose, CA

July 2005Ohio Municipal Prosecutors Assn, Columbus, OH

Stalking Across Jurisdictions

September 2006Regional Stalking Training, Hanover, PA

Third-Party Liability for Stalking Cases

February 2004ATLA Litigation at Sunrise, Orlando, FL

Understanding Virginia’s Legislative Process

January 2002Crime Victim Policy Partnership, Richmond, VA

November 2002VA Network for Victims and Witnesses of Crime, Virginia Beach, VA

Use of Technology to Stalk

June 2006Florida Council Against Sexual Violence, St. Petersburg, FL

May 2006Police Training, Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Media, PA

April 2006Stalking in the 21st Century, PA Coalition Against Rape, Mansfield, PA

March 2006Intimate Partner Stalking: A Coordinated Community Response, Atlanta, GA

February 2006NCVC Training Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Vicarious Trauma and Attorneys

November 2008Legal Services of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

July 2002Legal Services of New York City

September 2002Legal Aid Society of New York

October 2002Civil Litigation of Violent Crimes, Washington, DC

February 2003ATLA Litigation at Sunrise, Lahaina, HI

What I Know About Homicide

April 2008Annual Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Week Conference, Topeka, KS

When Litigation Isn’t the Answer: Options for Crime Victim Clients

February 2006Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Workhorse Seminar, Orlando, FL

When Helping Hurts: Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue

May 2004NCVC Training Institute, Portland, ME

April 2004NCVC Training Institute, Jacksonville, FL

April 2002NCVC Training Institute, Seattle, WA

March 2002NCVC Training Institute, Ft. Worth, TX

October 2002NCVC Training Institute, Minneapolis, MN

Working with Male Survivors

October 20069th Annual Child Abuse Conference, Burlington, VT

September 2006Wyoming State Victim Services Conference, Jackson Hole, WY

August 2005Wyoming State Victim Services Conference, Cheyenne, WY

May 2004NCVC Training Institute, Portland, ME

April 2004NCVC Training Institute, Jacksonville, FL

October 2003Delaware State Crime Victim Conference, Newark, DE

May 2003NYS Crime Victim Board Regional Training, New York, Rochester and Albany

Working With the Crime Victim

November 2002New York State Trial Lawyers Assn., New York, NY

TV and Radio Interviews (click to watch or listen)

Biography

Jeff Dion has championed crime victims’ rights for more than two decades.  Jeff began advocating for victims in 1982, when his twenty-three year old sister, Paulette, was murdered by a serial killer. Only 14 years old himself, Jeff pressed the police for information on his sister’s case and, after it was solved, decided to pursue a career in law to help other crime victims.  

In honor of his sister’s memory, Jeff lobbied the Virginia General Assembly, resulting in 13 victims’ rights bills being enacted into law.  These statutes established a victim’s right to be present in the courtroom, the right to offer oral impact testimony at sentencing, the right to confer with the prosecutor, a civil cause of action for stalking, an expanded civil statute of limitations for victims, and an expanded legal definition of “victim.”

 In 1998, Jeff joined the staff of the National Center for Victims of Crime, where he currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director.  He also serves as the Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association.  In that capacity, he lectures throughout the country to foster greater communication and understanding among crime victims and attorneys.  Having trained advocates and attorneys in 40 states, Jeff is a nationally recognized expert with strong ties to direct service providers and leaders in the field of victim services.  In the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Jeff worked with more than 1,500 victims and surviving family members to help them understand their rights, and he helped train more than 2,000 attorneys on the dynamics of victimization and understanding the special needs of survivors.

From 2002 to 2010, he was appointed the Governor to the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board, which distributes Victims of Crime Act and Violence Against Women Act grant funds to local programs throughout the Commonwealth.  Jeff served on the Victim Services Grant Review Committee, and was Chairman of the Victim-Witness Issues Advisory Committee. 

Jeff, who is also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, served as president of his local rape crisis center, Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy Service of Prince William County, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of ACTS, the social service organization which includes the sexual assault and domestic violence programs for Prince William County. He is a former board member and advisory council member for the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children.

In 2005, Jeff was presented the Allies for Justice Award by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and was honored by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services as one of the individuals who has had the greatest impact on crime victims’ rights in Virginia over the previous 10 years. In 2006, the Attorney General of the United States presented him with the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award. This award honors an outstanding individual whose leadership, vision, and innovation have led to significant changes in public policy and practice that benefit crime victims, and is one of the prestigious National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Awards, which are the highest honors in the field of crime victim services. 

Jeff is a member of Equality Virginia and Equality Prince William.  He live in Lake Ridge, VA with his husband, Dinh, and their two children.