Stacy Malone, Esq.
Stacy Malone, Esq. is the Executive Director of the Victim Rights Law Center and works out of the VRLC's Boston, MA office. She joined the VRLC in 2004 as a volunteer attorney for the VRLC’s Rape Survivors’ Law Project, where she provided free legal services to sexual assault survivors on employment, safety, privacy and other issues. After serving five years on the VRLC’s Board of Directors, she was appointed the Executive Director in 2010. As the first national nonprofit law center in the country solely dedicated to the civil legal needs of rape and sexual assault victims, Stacy manages the VRLC’s administrative operations and strategic direction for both offices, which are located in Boston, MA and Portland, OR. She oversees the organization’s management team, finance, fundraising and development, media relations, human resources, and project development. She loves to mentor staff and volunteer attorneys. Stacy partners with the Office on Violence Against Women, Office for Victims of Crime, and local and national organizations to train advocates, lawyers, medical professionals, law enforcement, college administrators, and others on how to improve the response to sexual violence. Presentation examples include the civil legal needs of sexual assault victims, legal issues of sexual assault victims who are minors, advocating under Title IX, conducting a holistic sexual assault legal intake, and the privacy rights of sexual assault victims. Stacy has also worked in the private sector and at both federal and state agencies. Her legal career has focused on working with young women, victims of violence, and those who have faced discrimination. Stacy graduated with a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, from the University of Massachusetts at Boston with a Graduate Certificate in Women in Politics and Public Policy Program, and with a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. In 2011, she was honored to receive Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law 2011 Award and inducted into Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly’s Circle of Excellence in 2013. Stacy is a member of the Boston Rotary Club and the USA 500 Club. Stacy has been featured in a number of local and reputable national media outlets.
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Lindy Aldrich, Esq.
Lindy Aldrich, Esq. has been in the Victim Rights Law Center's Boston, MA office since 2007, beginning as a staff attorney and becoming Deputy Director in 2010. Along with managing the daily activities of the VRLC, she also manages the Boston office’s staff attorneys, who represent hundreds of victims of sexual assault throughout Massachusetts in a wide range of legal areas, including education, privacy, safety, education, immigration, and federal and state government benefits. With almost 50% of the VRLC’s clients under the age of 24, Lindy frequently works to ensure that sexual assault victims stay their educational course, helping to curtail and ameliorate the often devastating impact of the assault on the victim’s safety, housing (dormitory or off-campus housing), employment (after school, on- or off-campus job), scholarships, and extracurricular activities. As staff on the VRLC’s national Office of Violence Against Women’s Training and Technical Assistance grant, Lindy trains around the country on a number of topics, including Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault Policies and Response. Lindy keeps the VRLC at the forefront of this national discussion through consultations and trainings with state and national agencies, universities, and other legal service providers. She has been a Resource Team member and trainer for the OVW Campus Program Training and Technical Assistance Institute since 2010, as well as a presenter for the Project STOP NOW! conference for campus administrators from historically black colleges and universities. Lindy collaborates with the Clery Center for Security on Campus on webinars and conferences as a Title IX expert. In February 2014, Lindy was invited by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to lend her expertise on Title IX and victim confidentiality and she continues to consult with the Task Force on these issues. In June 2014, Lindy participated in U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Roundtable on Title IX. Lindy is also an Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center trainer and, in partnership with OVC, has delivered webinars and live chats on sexual violence and education. Lindy was named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly 2012 Top Women in the Law and a 2014 Boston Rising Star by the National Law Journal. Lindy attended Suffolk University Law School and was named the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumni.
Jessica Mindlin, Esq.
National Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Jessica Mindlin, Esq. is the Victim Rights Law Center’s National Director of Training and Technical Assistance. She directs the VRLC’s national Technical Assistance projects and manages the VRLC’s Portland, Oregon, office which provides legal services sexual assault survivors in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Jessica has trained thousands of advocates, lawyers, health care providers, law enforcement officers, U.S. Military personnel, and other victim service providers across the United States, as well as in the Middle East and Latin America, on how to effectively identify and use the law to meet sexual assault survivors’ most urgent needs. Her expertise on privacy issues for survivors has been recognized by the Office on Violence Against Women and the Office for Victims of Crime. Jessica also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Lewis and Clark and Louisiana State University law schools. Before joining the VRLC, Jessica served as the Senior Staff Attorney and clinical instructor for NCVLI and Lewis and Clark Law School, as a statewide support attorney for the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon, as coordinator for the Oregon Supreme Court-Oregon State Bar Task Force on Gender Fairness, and as Legal Access Project Director for the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV). Prior to law school, Jessica worked as a rape victim advocate, a counselor, a legal advocate for battered women, a counselor for runaway youth, and a waitress. Jessica has been honored by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce as a Leader in the Law, was the 2013 recipient of Transition Project’s Women’s Leadership Award, and OCADSV’s Midori Hamilton Award. Jessica serves on the editorial board of the Sexual Assault Report and on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. She was a founding member of CounterQuo, a national campaign to change the status quo on how we examine and respond to sexual assault. Jessica has been active in the movement to end gender-based violence since the 1970s.
Breanishea Amaya, Esq.
Breanishea Amaya, Esq. is a staff attorney at the Victim Rights Law Center’s Boston office. She joined in 2017 and primarily represents victims of sexual assault in immigration, safety, and privacy matters. Prior to joining the VRLC, Breanishea has represented low-income clients and survivors of domestic violence in family law matters. Breanishea is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys as well as the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. She received her B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington and her J.D. from New England Law Boston. Breanishea is fluent in Spanish.
Colby Bruno, Esq.
Senior Legal Counsel
Colby Bruno, Esq. has been a part of the VRLC since 2004. In 2010, she was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as one of 20 "Up & Coming Lawyers”. Colby has represented victims of non-intimate partner sexual violence since 2003 in the areas of privacy, safety, housing, education, employment, housing, and financial compensation. Colby has specific expertise in the representation of college students utilizing Title IX, FERPA, CLERY, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and IDEA, and trains nationally regarding the education rights of sexual assault victims. Colby assisted the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center with the creation of a Massachusetts-wide training curriculum for veteran and new recruit police officers. She is also an active member of the Board of Advisors for Boston College Forensic Nursing Program. In 2010, Colby was appointed the community-based victim services provider on the Task Force on Separate and Secure Waiting Areas. Colby is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and, post-graduation, served as a clerk for the Justices of the Superior Court.
Chief Financial Officer
Annette Florczak is a native southern Californian who loves New England seasons. Annette obtained a B.S. in Biology with an option in Physiology and an M.B.A. at Boston’s public business school, UMass Boston. Over the last decade, her career experience includes working with a number of nonprofit agencies focusing on women's rights issues and the environment. In addition to her work with the VRLC, she is a full-time lecturer in the Accounting & Finance Department at UMass Boston. In her spare time, Annette volunteers financial management services to small, start-up non-profits, and is an avid reader.
Barbara Hernon, Esq.
Barbara Hernon, Esq. is a staff attorney in the Victim Rights Law Center's Boston office. Barbara started at the VRLC as a law clerk, and then as an active volunteer attorney. Barbara provides direct representation to sexual assault victims throughout Massachusetts, with a focus on education, safety, and privacy. She is an expert in conducting holistic, comprehensive legal intakes and manages the Boston office's intake process. Barbara primarily provides legal assistance to sexual assault victims in grades K-12 and college, who need assistance stabilizing their educational trajectories. Barbara has represented dozens of campus sexual assault victims throughout its institution's resolution process, including investigations, hearings, and appeals, and in assisting with Department of Education Office for Civil Rights' Complaints. Barbara also works on the VRLC's Office on Violence Against Women's Campus grant and with OVE Campus grantee Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault to develop practical and effective guidance materials for colleges and universities to improve their responses to gender-based violence. Barbara is a graduate of University of Massachusetts at Amherst and University of New Hampshire School of Law.
Stephanie Holt, Esq.
Stephanie Friends Holt, Esq. is a staff attorney at the VRLC's Boston office. Stephanie represents rape and sexual assault victims throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on issues concerning privacy and safety. She began her work with the VRLC in 2013 as a volunteer attorney. She has a B.A. and a B.S. from Virginia Tech as well as a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. Prior to joining the VRLC, Stephanie served as a student mentor with the Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law, and briefly lived abroad in Saudi Arabia.
Eleni Kalmoukos, Esq.
Eleni Kalmoukos, Esq. joined the VRLC in 2015 as a Senior Staff Attorney. She represents sexual assault victims in the areas of safety, privacy, housing, public benefits, and education. Prior to joining the VRLC, Eleni worked as a Staff Attorney at the JRI Health Law Institute in Boston for over seven years, where she provided free legal advice and representation to low income individuals living with HIV/AIDS in a wide range of civil matters, including housing, public benefits, and consumer law. While at JRI, she frequently presented trainings on various legal issues to clients, support groups, and health care providers in Massachusetts. She has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations, including victims of sexual assault, LGBTQ, and individuals with histories of homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse. She interned at Aid to Incarcerated Mothers while in law school, a non-profit that provides social and legal services to women following their release from prison. Eleni received her B.A. from Wheaton College and her J. D. from Suffolk University Law School. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York, and is fluent in Greek.
Director of Development
Development & Administrative Associate
Erika Mitchell joined the VRLC in 2013. After earning her Masters degree in Opera Performance in 2012, she discovered her love for development and nonprofit administration while working as the Development Associate and Event Coordinator for Boston Opera Collaborative, and has brought that experience into her role at the VRLC. Erika is a graduate of the Longy School of Music of Bard College and Syracuse University. When not at the VRLC, Erika works at the Old South Church in Boston as a choral fellow and soloist, and performs with various opera companies.
Hema Sarang-Sieminski, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Hema Sarang-Sieminski, Esq. joined the VRLC in 2017 as a Senior Attorney and represents survivors of sexual assault with a focus on immigrant and LGBTQ communities. Hema has worked with survivors of partner abuse and sexual violence for 15 years in a variety of capacities, including private immigration practice, community engagement in LGBTQ communities with The Network/La Red, and as a Staff Attorney with the Immigration Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services. She has presented locally and nationally on immigration options for immigrant and LGBTQ survivors to community groups, attorneys, and service providers. Hema has dedicated her career to creating opportunities for wholeness and dignity for survivors and is committed to approaches to ending sexual violence that address and challenge the intersections of various forms of oppression, including racism, sexism, homo-/bi-/trans- phobia, anti-immigrant sentiment, and ableism. Hema is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the MA LGBTQ Bar Association. Hema received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.
Ruth Vaughan, Esq.
Ruth Vaughan, Esq. joined the Victim Rights Law Center in January 2017 as a staff attorney, primarily representing victims of sexual assault in education, safety, and privacy matters. Prior to joining the VRLC, Ruth worked as a staff attorney at Northeast Legal Aid representing low-income clients on housing and consumer matters. She has a background in women’s rights and human rights work, including working for the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, Yale Divinity School, and Emory University.
Amanda Walsh, Esq.
Education Program Senior Attorney
Amanda Walsh, Esq. returned to the VRLC in January 2017 as an Education Program Senior Attorney. In this role, Amanda provides training and technical assistance to Office on Violence Against Women campus grantees. From 2011-2015, Amanda was a VRLC staff attorney, focusing primarily on the representation of students in both K-12 and higher education settings. She also trained colleges and universities nationally on Title IX and campus sexual assault response. Before returning to the VRLC, Amanda was the Title IX Program Officer at Brown University. She was responsible for implementing Brown’s sexual and gender-based harassment and violence policy and complaint procedures, building Brown’s flagship Title IX Office, and overseeing all related complaint investigations. Amanda is a graduate of Northeastern University and Roger Williams University School of Law.
Kelsey Worline, Esq.
Kelsey Worline, Esq. joined the VRLC as a staff attorney in early 2013. Kelsey represents rape and sexual assault victims throughout Massachusetts in a wide range of legal areas, including privacy, safety, and housing. As an attorney on the VRLC’s national Training and Technical Assistance grant, Kelsey provides individual consultations to Legal Assistance to Victims grantees and conducts on a number of topics including the civil legal response for sexual assault victims, identifying and addressing the housing needs of sexual assault survivors, and safety planning with non-intimate partner sexual assault victims. She received her B.A. from Bowling Green State University and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining the VRLC, Kelsey worked with Shelter Legal Services, first as an AmeriCorps Attorney and later as a Staff Attorney, representing homeless and indigent individuals in the Boston area with a focus on assisting veterans.
Malia Bennett, Esq.
Malia Bennett, Esq. is a staff attorney with the Victim Rights Law Center who provides direct legal services to rape and sexual assault survivors. Prior to joining the VRLC, Malia worked in non-profit practicing housing and immigration law. Additionally, during law school she provided legal services and representation to students through her work at an on-campus student advocacy office. Malia received a B.A. from the University of Oregon and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. She spent a year living abroad in Mexico, and speaks fluent Spanish. Malia was born and raised in Portland and enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Before joining the VRLC’s Portland office in 2012, Mary Darcy worked as an acquisitions editor at two small presses, taught undergraduate courses on gender studies and queer theory, managed child nutrition programs for a countywide food bank, and was briefly a bookseller at Powell’s City of Books. Her two passions—feminism and books—led her to earn a BA in international and women’s studies from Humboldt State University, and later an MA in writing and book publishing from Portland State University. A dedicated cultural critic, she spends her free time reading and discussing books, consuming and deconstructing popular culture, and contemplating the relationship between language and meaning.
Stacy Hankin, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Stacy Hankin, Esq. is a staff attorney at the VRLC’s Portland, Oregon office. During the first half of her career, Stacy represented injured and disabled individuals in various state, federal, and administrative proceedings. The second half of her career was spent at the Oregon State Bar investigating and prosecuting lawyers in disciplinary matters. Before joining the VRLC, Stacy did pro bono work representing domestic violence survivors in restraining order proceedings. Stacy has been practicing law for over 25 years.
McKenzie Harker, Esq.
McKenzie Harker, Esq. is a bilingual staff attorney with the Victim Rights Law Center. Before becoming a lawyer, McKenzie worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. She lived in a rural community where she taught basic business practices to local micro entrepreneurs, led empowerment classes for adolescent girls, and organized local women's groups. Upon returning to the U.S., McKenzie worked as a legal assistant at Youth, Rights & Justice, a non-profit law firm that represents children and parents in the juvenile justice system. After graduating from Willamette University College of Law in 2013, McKenzie worked as an immigration attorney helping individuals, families, and employers navigate the complex U.S. immigration laws. She joined the VRLC in 2015, where she provides civil legal services for sexual assault survivors.
Shara Jones, Esq.
Shara Jones, Esq. is a staff attorney at the VRLC's Portland, Oregon office. She began her work with the VRLC in 2009 as a law clerk. Shara currently represents rape and sexual assault victims throughout Oregon in a wide range of legal areas, including education, privacy, safety, and housing. As an attorney on the VRLC’s Training and Technical Assistance Privacy grant, Shara provides individual consultations and trainings addressing the privacy needs of SA survivors. She has J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. Prior to joining the VRLC, Shara was in private practice.
Carol Schrader, Esq.
Carol Schrader, Esq. is a staff attorney with the VRLC’s Portland, OR office where she provides training, mentoring, and consultation on privacy issues in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and trafficking cases. Carol has advocated for survivors of gender-based violence throughout her career. She was a Harvard Divinity School student intern, board member and safe home provider in East Boston; a legal intern with the National Whistleblower Law Center, Federal Defender Office, Jamaica Plain Legal Services, and Greater Boston Legal Services while attending Northeastern University School of Law; a legal aid attorney in Cleveland and Portland; the executive director of a nonprofit working to end domestic violence and sexual assault through school-based programs in Portland; the manager of the Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims’ Rights Compliance Project and Victims’ Rights Section; a staff attorney and program manager for the National Crime Victim Law Institute; and a project manager for the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center.
Susan Vickers, Esq.
Susan Vickers, Esq. began her legal work with sexual assault victims in 1995 as a volunteer advocate with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Since then, Susan has won several awards for her legal work on behalf of rape victims, including two Kaufman Public Interest Awards from Harvard Law School. She has presented both domestically and internationally on the legal rights of sexual assault victims. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Susan is a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School.