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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Board Member Spotlight: Doug Beloof

November 01, 2013

The compassionate, devoted members of NCVLI’s Board of Directors come from all walks of life, and many bring the perspective of personal experience with victimization to their work for victims.  In this NCVLI Board Member Spotlight, we aim to share with the community a glimpse into the insights of the people working behind the scenes to help shape NCVLI’s work for victims. 

Board Member Doug Beloof.

How did you first become interested in victims’ rights?
Working as a prosecutor I saw how badly victims were treated in the criminal justice system before victims’ rights existed; there was a clear gap between what victims needed and what they were being provided.  I began partnering with others to effect change and eventually founded NCVLI.    

As an organization what is NCVLI’s greatest strength?
NCVLI’s greatest strength is the passionate people involved in victims’ rights.  They are truly dedicated and committed to civil liberties for victims of crime and work tirelessly every day to improve the justice system for victims.  

If you could change one thing about the current victims’ rights environment,  what would it be?
I would change the legal culture so that victims’ interests are always considered legitimate and equal to the interests of others involved in the criminal justice process.

Why should someone else get involved with NCVLI and victims’ rights?
The victims’ rights movement is one of the great civil rights movements.  It is a chance to help people in need who have not had their voices heard and to empower people who have suffered trauma, while working to reduce the additional trauma that can be inflicted by the system. 

What are your hobbies?
Hiking, rafting, and puttering around on the 60 acre piece of land I live on where I’m restoring an old barn.