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, where she provided free legal services to sexual assault survivors on employment, safety, privacy and legal needs. After serving five years on the VRLC’s Board of Directors in various leadership positions, she served as the VRLC’s Co-Administrator and was subsequently appointed Executive Director in 2010. Stacy oversees the organization’s strategic direction, four national programs, as well as the VRLC’s five offices in Massachusetts and Oregon. She also oversees the VRLC’s bicoastal management team, finance, fundraising, media relations, human resources, and new project development. Stacy partners with the Office on Violence Against Women, the Office for Victims of Crime, and other local and national organizations to train a wide range of audiences to improve the response to sexual violence. Stacy serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Advisory Board for the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program. She has 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 is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, University of Massachusetts at Boston Women and Politics and Public Policy program, and Boston University School of Law. She is a recipient of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Top Women of Law Award, Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly’s Circle of Excellence, Boston University School Public Interest Alumni Award and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance Leadership Award. Stacy has been featured in a number of local and national media outlets and has an essay in the anthology “Believe Me” released in January 2020.
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Jessica Mindlin, Esq.
National Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Director, Oregon VRLC Office
Jessica Mindlin, Esq. is the Victim Rights Law Center’s National Director of Training and Technical Assistance, and Director of VRLC’s Oregon office. Jessica has trained thousands of advocates, lawyers, health care providers, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and other victim service providers across the United States, as well as in the Middle East, Latin America, and Eastern Caribbean. 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 has served as an Adjunct Professor, teaching on sexual violence and the law, at both Lewis and Clark and Louisiana State University law schools. Before joining VRLC, she was the Senior Staff Attorney and clinical instructor for Lewis and Clark Law School’s NCVLI; a statewide support attorney for the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services; Coordinator for the Oregon Supreme Court-Oregon State Bar Task Force on Gender Fairness; and Legal Access Project Director for the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. She has worked as an advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, an alternatives worker with indigent youth and adult criminal defendants, a residential counselor for runaway youth, and a waitress. Jessica has been honored with the NSVRC Visionary Voice (2018), Transition Project’s Women’s Leadership Award (2013), Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce Leader in the Law (2011), and OCADSV 30th Anniversary honoree and Midori Hamilton Award (2008). She was also 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, and on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys. 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.
Michelin Cahill, Esq.
Michelin Cahill, Esq. joined the VRLC as a Staff Attorney in the Worcester office in 2018. She provides direct representation to survivors of sexual assault in the areas of housing, privacy, and security. Michelin was previously the Intake Attorney at the ACLU of Pennsylvania, where she coordinated a robust volunteer program, managed all incoming legal complaints, and investigated potential civil rights complaints. Michelin received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and her B.A. from The George Washington University. Michelin is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Katrina Eberly, Esq.
Katrina Eberly, Esq. joined the Victim Rights Law Center in 2018 as a staff attorney in the Western Massachusetts office. She provides direct representation to sexual assault victims in Western Massachusetts. Prior to joining the VRLC, Katrina worked in child welfare, both as a social worker and then as a lawyer. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Creighton University and her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law.
Chief Financial Officer
Annette Florczak is a native southern Californian who loves New England seasons. She helps nonprofits by guiding long-range financial strategic thinking and planning, and by overseeing financial reporting, internal controls, compliance and annual audits.Her expertise also includes operations, human resources, and information systems. Annette's passion is to instill a high level of fiduciary management and responsibility into small nonprofit organizations, while maintaining a high degree of fun! Annette has been an adjunct lecturer at University of Massachusetts - Boston, Northeastern University, and Lasell and Newbury Colleges. She is a Certified Management Accountant, holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts, and a BS from California State University, Long Beach. In her spare time, Annette volunteers financial management services to small, start-up non-profits, and is an avid ultrarunner.
Benjamin Gaytan Rios
Bilingual Intake Specialist
Benjamin Gaytan Rios joined the Victim Rights Law Center in August 2020 as a Bilingual Intake Specialist. Prior to joining the VRLC, he worked for a state agency focused on increasing the supply of affordable housing throughout the state. Before that he was deeply involved as a staff member at Y2Y Harvard Square, a student-run shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness, where he developed a passion for advocacy and working with vulnerable populations. Benjamin is a graduate of Harvard University where he earned a B.A. in history.
Nora Grais-Clements, Esq.
Nora Grais-Clements, Esq. joined the Victim Rights Law Center in March 2018 as a Staff Attorney in the Western Massachusetts office. She provides direct representation to victims of sexual assault in Western MA with a focus on immigration, safety, and privacy matters, as well as working with victims with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to joining the VRLC, Nora worked as a staff attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel, in the Children and Family Law Unit, representing low-income clients in child welfare matters. She has a background in social justice work, immigration, and domestic violence advocacy. Nora received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and is fluent in Spanish.
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 with a focus on employment law, privacy, safety, and criminal justice advocacy. She also manages the VRLC’s statewide pro bono and low bono projects to help ensure that survivors have access to necessary legal representation throughout the Commonwealth. Through these projects, Stephanie recruits, trains and mentors volunteer and low bono attorneys. She began her work with the VRLC in 2013 as an active volunteer attorney and soon thereafter joined our team. Stephanie is a graduate of Virginia Tech and University of Illinois College of Law.
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.
Melissa Kelley is the Finance Manager at the Victim Rights Law Center’s Boston Office. She joined in July 2019 after working for three years at Boston Collegiate Charter School, two years as Director of Finance. Prior to Boston Collegiate Charter School, Melissa worked for ten years at the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. Preceding her work at AIDS Action, Melissa worked for a nonprofit dedicated to social activism.
Ines Kenney, Esq.
Ines Kenney, Esq. joined the Victim Rights Law Center in 2018 as a staff attorney in the Boston office. She represents survivors of sexual assault in matters involving privacy, safety, and education. Prior to joining the VRLC, Ines worked with Northeast Legal Aid as an AmeriCorps Attorney, representing low-income individuals in housing-related issues. Ines received her B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Ines is fluent in Portuguese.
Aileen Konanez, Esq.
Kaitlin Pomeroy-Murphy, Esq.
Sunney Poyner, Esq.
Sunney Poyner joined the VRLC as a Staff Attorney and Skadden Fellow in September 2019. She provides direct representation to victims of sexual assault throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with a focus on representing people with disabilities in proceedings affecting their economic independence. Sunney gained her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, where she was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Disability Law Journal, and her M.Ed. from the University of Puget Sound, where she studied Mental Health Counseling.
Erika Rajković joined the VRLC in 2013, and currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the VRLC's direct services programs throughout Massachusetts. Prior to joining the VRLC, she worked with numerous nonprofits throughout New England in various capacities, including day-to-day administration, bookkeeping, teen mentorship, grant writing, and development and donor relations. She particularly enjoys working with underserved populations. Erika is also a professional classical singer, and when not at the VRLC, performs regionally. She is a graduate of Syracuse University and the Longy School of Music at Bard College.
Maggie Schmidt, Esq.
Maggie Schmidt, Esq. joined the Victim Rights Law Center in 2019 as a staff attorney representing survivors in education, safety, and privacy matters out of the Worcester, MA office. Prior to joining the VRLC, Maggie worked as a staff attorney and the legal clinic coordinator at the Network for Victim Recovery of DC representing survivors of crime in civil protection orders, representing survivors in university Title IX proceedings, and asserting crime victims’ rights in criminal prosecutions. She earned her B.A. from Lawrence University, her J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and her M.P.H. from the University of New Hampshire Graduate School-Manchester. She is admitted to the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars.
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.
Director of Development
Robin Whitney joined the Victim Rights Law Center in 2019. Prior to joining the VRLC, she worked with various non-profits in the Chicago and Boston area, in social service and Development capacities. She has a background in human rights, with focuses on immigration, women’s rights, and LGBTQ issues. Robin received her B.A. from DePaul University and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from New York University.
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, housing, financial stability, and remedies specific to minors. 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 trainings on a number of topics including the civil legal response for sexual assault victims, identifying and addressing the housing needs of sexual assault survivors, working with minor survivors of sexual assault, 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.
Kalyn Zaman joined the Victim Rights Law Center in early 2018 after graduating from Emory University in 2017 with a B.A. in International Studies. She became involved in the gender-based violence movement during an internship with Men Stopping Violence, a nonprofit in Atlanta, GA that organizes men to end male violence against women and girls through trainings, programs, and advocacy. Throughout her senior year at Emory, Kalyn led a weekly service trip of volunteers to Men Stopping Violence to encourage her campus to take an active role in addressing sexual violence.
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.
Margaret Davis, Esq.
Margaret Davis, Esq. joined the VRLC in 2018. Prior to coming to the VRLC, she worked in employment and family-based immigration and removal defense. She attended the University of Washington School of Law. During that time, she assisted in the representation of immigrants in deportation proceedings and people facing charges in tribal courts. She previously worked as a first-grade teacher in Houston, Texas, which informed her commitment to survivors’ rights and immigrant advocacy. Margaret values the opportunity to engage in community organizing activities, and currently serves as the Community Presentation Liaison for the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Susan Dussault, Esq.
Susan Dussault manages the Portland office’s direct representation team, which provides advice and representation to sexual assault survivors throughout Oregon. She is also an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to joining the VRLC, she directed the Human Rights & Immigration Clinic at Willamette University College of Law. She has spent the majority of her legal career as a general commercial litigator and employment defense attorney in private practice with national firms in Portland, Denver, and Palo Alto. She was also senior counsel responsible for managing global litigation for a worldwide broadband company and has spent time as a municipal criminal prosecutor. Susan graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School, where her activities included volunteering with the East Palo Alto Community Law Project Restraining Order Clinic. Her commitment to social justice and working with underserved populations was first sparked when she taught English to migrant farmworkers while she was an undergraduate and Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia. Susan speaks Spanish and French.
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.
Marissa Korbel, Esq.
Marissa Korbel is a staff attorney providing training and technical support to advocates of campus sexual assault and minor victims. A graduate of Mills College and Lewis and Clark Law School, she clerked for the Hon. Howard R. Lloyd in the Northern District of California, and externed with the Hon. Robert E. Jones in the District of Oregon. Marissa is an award-winning essayist and journalist whose writing explores the long-term effects of gender-based violence and sexual assault on survivors. In her free time, she writes.
Carol Schrader, Esq.
Senior Staff Attorney
Carol Schrader, Esq. is a senior 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.
Katie Shammel joined the VRLC in 2018 as a bilingual administrative assistant. She graduated from University of Puget Sound in 2018 with bachelor degrees in Sociology, Anthropology, and Spanish. In addition to studying in Granada, Spain for six months, Katie conducted and professionally presented research on housing inequality and immigration issues in the Northwest at national research conferences. Prior to joining the VRLC, she worked as a legal assistant at a private family law practice, an administrative assistant at Degrees of Change, and as an athletic training aide to University of Puget Sound’s NCAA Division III teams. Katie plans to attend law school to continue her work serving underrepresented populations facing injustice.
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.