Jeffrey Dion

Jeffrey Dion

Speaking Out for Victims

Work History

Work History

Political Campaign Experience

Candidate for Prince William Board of Supervisors (special election) - 2007

Whitt Clement for Attorney General (primary) - 2001, Northern Virginia CoordinatorRosemary Lynch for School Board - 1995, Campaign ManagerGladys Keating for Delegate - 1995, Joint Campaign ChairmanTerry-Beyer-Dolan Joint Campaign - 1993, Northern Virginia Field DirectorCharles Monroe for Arlington County Board - 1993(primary), Campaign ManagerBob Hull for Delegate - 1992(special), Finance DirectorMary Sue Terry for Attorney General - 1989, Northern Virginia CoordinatorDavid Brickley for Congress - 1988, Deputy Campaign ManagerAl Gore for President - 1988(primary), Advance StaffWhitt Clement for Delegate - 1987, Media ManagerJoe Biden for President - 1987(primary), Administrative Assistant

Jun 1998 - Present

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.
1996 - 1998

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.

1994 - 1996

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 1993 - May 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 1992 - Mar 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 1991 - Aug 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 1990 - Mar 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

Education