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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Staff Profile: Siobhan McDonald

August 26, 2019

NCVLI welcomed Siobhan in June as our new Project Coordinator. You can read her bio on our Staff Page and learn more about Siobhan below. Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Why did you first get interested in working with NCVLI and victims’ rights?

 I was not aware of victims’ rights as a specific advocacy area until applying for this position. I had spent years reading about survivors often feeling as if their voice had been unattended to in the criminal justice system. NCVLI works to ensure victims’ rights are understood and honored in justice proceedings around the country; I’m grateful I get to be a part of helping more people across the country become aware of the rights of victims of crime, and know that awareness can lead to more empowered survivors.

What are your hobbies?

I love to hike with our dogs in the woods around Oregon and the Olympic Peninsula. I also love to read fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. For my own creative outlet, I write and bake cookies. I make a mean snickerdoodle!

Who or what inspires you?

In the big picture, a lot of people have had an impact - community organizers, artist and writers from across time and a variety of areas: Harriet Tubman to Marsha P Johnson, Frida Kahlo to Kehinde Wiley; Ida B. Wells to Terese Marie Mailhot. Everyone who has made an impact big or small in advancing the voices of others, bringing their ideas for change into the world. Both those who are well-known and relatively unknown, who shifted the conversation to equity and rights for vulnerable populations throughout history.

As an organization, what is NCVLI’s greatest strength?

I would say that NCVLI’s greatest strength is the people. NCVLI is so adaptive to the needs of its partners, and has the depth of knowledge to provide technical assistance that has a palpable impact. We also have fantastic trainers, staff who can really provide educational resources and interact with the people across and within communities. We are also a small group of people who collaborate well together as a team to address any needs that arise.