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National Crime Victim Law Institute


The Voice for Justice Award recognizes attorneys, advocates, allied professionals, and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to ensuring that our justice system honors victims’ voices.


2018 Voice for Justice Award Honorees

The 2018 Voice for Justice is Jackie Sandmeyer. As the Campus Coordinator with the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force, they work with Oregon colleges and universities across the state and nationally, both public and private, to identify best practices and provide technical assistance and training to create safe spaces and advocate for trauma informed policies on campuses across Oregon. Their work with survivors has focused on college campuses, communities of color, and the LGBTQI community, with an emphasis on Transgender support services. As the Campus Coordinator, it’s these passions that motivate Jackie’s work with students and administrators.



2017 Voice for Justice Award Honorees

In 2017, we honored two individuals with the Voice for Justice Award. Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser, who represents the 8th District, has been instrumental in passing groundbreaking legislation expanding the statute of limitations for sexual assault and prioritizing rape kit testing.  These laws increase victims’ access to justice and decrease the likelihood of repeat sexual assault offenders.



Gloria Needham is Director of the Hood River County Victims’ Assistance Program.  She has assisted survivors of domestic and sexual abuse for over 25 years, which has included work at a shelter and 18 years with the Hood River County Victim Services Program. Gloria is a founding member of several victim focused organizations and projects. Gloria’s willingness to go above and beyond her job duties and her love of helping people is evident to everyone she works with, both survivors and coworkers.  




2016 Voice for Justice Award Honoree

The 2016 Voice for Justice was Denise Pena. Denise is the Community Justice Manager of the Crime Victims Services Unit within Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice. We were honored to recognize Denise for her outstanding efforts at ensuring that victims’ voices are heard and promoting systemic change to improve justice for all victims. 


2015 Voice for Justice Award Honoree

The Inaugural Voice for Justice Award recipient was the Oregon Crime Victim Law Clinic. Founded in 2009 to meet the need for attorneys and advocates to educate victims about their rights in criminal proceedings and to assist them in seeking enforcement of those rights, OCVLC has served nearly 600 crime victims throughout Oregon.