Starting in 2012, the NVRDC founders sought to create an organization to create a seamless network of referrals and services to all crime victims.

Network for Victim Recovery of DC empowers victims of all crimes to achieve survivor defined justice through a collaborative continuum of advocacy, case management and legal services.


NVRDC is motivated by three guiding principles:

1. The belief that survivors of crime must have a welcoming place to go in order to learn of their rights and enjoy a supportive and empowering environment as they process their experiences and determine how to respond to the crime;

2. The commitment to a holistic model of victim services to assist victims of all types of crime; and

3. The understanding that research has affirmatively shown that legal services provided with supportive counseling and case management services provide a greater benefit to survivors who are participating in the civil or criminal justice process.

NVRDC doesn’t do this alone. The staff reaches out to community-based organizations, faith-based communities, law firms, businesses, government agencies to get assistance. By strengthening DC’s safety net for crime victims, NVRDC assists in rebuilding families, communities, and the nation’s capital.

NVRDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; Federal ID #45-4888353.


Our Core Values:

NVRDC emphasizes self-determination and client-centered service for our clients and staff—our role is to provide tools and resources with which individuals can do for themselves.

NVRDC values community-driven innovation and resourcefulness. Seeking input from the community, we support our staff in ventures to think “outside of the box” to better serve our clients and community members. We recognize that staff, clients, and communities are pools of resource and catalysts for change.

NVRDC recognizes the importance of non-profits being transparent and accountable to staff, clients, and community. Through open and healthy communication, NVRDC promotes honesty, integrity, and flexibility to engage in the mission.

NVRDC values diversity in its many forms. We are committed to reflecting the community within and tailoring our services to meet the unique needs of all crime victims, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, immigrant status, sexual orientation, or ability.

NVRDC emphasizes and values an inter-disciplinary approach to addressing the needs of our clients, within the organization, and through our referral process.

Sustainable Passion
NVRDC runs on the energy of our mission-driven services and passion. We actively promote self-care among our clients and with our clients. We dedicate ourselves to operating sustainable and efficient programs by collaborating with partner organizations, being fiscally sound, and building and maintaining community support.

NVRDC’s mission requires us to ensure for our clients that our partners and system-based agencies are accountable to our community and the populations that are entrusted to serve. Additionally, NVRDC values our own integrity in the community which requires us to maintain a reputation of honesty and transparency. This is achieved through holding staff, leaders, our board, and other stakeholders accountable to our mission and vision.  



NVRDC welcomes all survivors, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, race, ethnicity, religion, immigrant status, or ability.


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Advocacy & Case Management

Nikki Charles Co-Executive Director

Nikki Charles
Co-Executive Director

Lindsey Silverberg Director of Advocacy & Case Management

Lindsey Silverberg
Director of Advocacy & Case Management

Leise Gergely Senior Case Manager

Leise Gergely
Senior Case Manager

Sarah Foster Senior Case Manager

Sarah Foster
Senior Case Manager

Audrey Meshulam Case Manager

Audrey Meshulam
Case Manager

Kris Klassen Case Manager

Kris Klassen
Case Manager

Amanda Gould Case Manager

Amanda Gould
Case Manager

Saron Shiferaw Case Manager

Saron Shiferaw
Case Manager

Sofia Kaut Case Manager

Sofia Kaut
Case Manager

Karin Tovar Case Manager

Karin Tovar
Case Manager


Legal Advocacy

Bridgette Stumpf Co-Executive Director

Bridgette Stumpf
Co-Executive Director

Matthew Ornstein Co-Director of Legal Services

Matthew Ornstein
Co-Director of Legal Services

Kristin Eliason Co-Director of Legal Services

Kristin Eliason
Co-Director of Legal Services

Naida Henao Strategic Advocacy Counsel

Naida Henao
Strategic Advocacy Counsel

Charlotte Keenan Staff Attorney

Charlotte Keenan
Staff Attorney

Ruth Perrin Staff Attorney

Ruth Perrin
Staff Attorney

Maggie Schmidt Staff Attorney

Maggie Schmidt
Staff Attorney

Jabeen Adawi VLNDC Project Coordinator

Jabeen Adawi
VLNDC Project Coordinator

Alexandra Smith VLNDC Attorney Navigator

Alexandra Smith
VLNDC Attorney Navigator

Alex Scott Staff Attorney

Alex Scott
Staff Attorney

Vi Mai Staff Attorney

Vi Mai
Staff Attorney

Ashley Morse Elder Justice Fellow

Ashley Morse
Elder Justice Fellow

Special Projects

Merry O'Brien Grant Administrator and Elder Justice Coordinator

Merry O'Brien
Grant Administrator and Elder Justice Coordinator

Stephanie Shea Communications & Events Coordinator

Stephanie Shea Communications & Events Coordinator


Board Members

Ryan D. Guilds, Chair
Counsel, Arnold & Porter LLP

Marc Filer, Treasurer
Forensic Accountant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Christopher Ekimoff, Secretary
Director, Financial Advisory Services, 
Resolution Economics Groups LLC

Amit Juneja
Associate Director, Fortigent

Blair Decker
Pro Bono Counsel, Hogan Lovells



Jane Lee
Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

Monica McHugh
Director of Operations & Finance, Every Voice Center

Liam Montgomery

Miranda Petersen
Program and Policy Director, Protect Our Defenders

Open Positions


Part-Time Operations Manager

NVRDC seeks a part time Operations Manager to provide administrative support to the organization’s leadership team. This individual will be well-organized, highly proficient in software technology, able to troubleshoot, and have excellent follow-through on tasks. This position will report to NVRDC’s Co-Executive Directors and will be responsible for the day-to-day administrative support functions of the office. This is a part-time, (16-24 hours per week) FLSA non-exempt, at-will employment position. Compensation: $20 -23 per hour, depending on experience.


  • Coordinate all office equipment and office space upkeep and repair (copier, postage meter, IT, building/landlord) and serve as the contact person for related contractors to arrange scheduling, receive invoices, and ensure work is performed in a timely manner;
  • Ensure office supplies and outreach materials are on hand, order when needed, and keep supply and outreach material areas well-organized;
  • Coordinate small internal office events (staff holiday party, staff appreciation functions, and staff self-care events) and assist Outreach & Social Media Specialist with coordinating larger external events (Annual Gala and awareness events)
  • Assist Directors with posting job opportunities, printing resume packets, scheduling interview rounds and other tasks related to the employee hiring/selection process;
  • Assist with HR functions including payroll and benefits administration;
  • Assist the Grants Administrator in preparing and organizing paperwork related to grant proposals as well as monthly grant reports and reimbursement requests;
  • Assist with accounts Receivable and Payable duties;
  • Provide support to Controller with accounting and audit related needs;
  • Copying, filing, shredding and general office support as needed;
  • Perform other duties as needed.


  • Extremely well organized;
  • Highly proficient software skills, including with Adobe, QuickBooks, Excel, Word, Google Docs, and Power Point, and the ability to adapt to new technology requirements;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in handling multiple and varied tasks; and
  • Familiarity with nonprofit administration and 2-3 years of experience preferred.


This is a part-time, (16-24 hours per week) FLSA non-exempt, at-will employment position which begins on January 2, 2018. NVRDC offers a competitive benefits package including paid-time off, medical and dental care coverage, and retirement plan options with an employer match. Schedule is flexible due to the part-time nature of the position.

NVRDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran, status, or status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence or stalking, or any other status protected by applicable federal and District of Columbia laws. Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified applicants upon request. Auxiliary aids and services are available in alternative formats.

Interested candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter, resume and three references by Dec. 4, 2017. Please submit all documents as one PDF attachment and use the email subject line “Job Opportunity.” All inquiries related to this position should be submitted to Merry O’Brien at 

Case Manager

NVRDC seeks a case manager to work collaboratively to provide case management support to survivors of all types of crime, to provide hospital based crisis support in an on-call capacity as part of the DC Sexual Assault Crisis Response Program and the DC Crisis Continuum. This individual will be resourceful, highly organized, a team player, flexible, a critical and analytical thinker, self-reflective and self-aware, and open to growth and learning. The case manager will be committed to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational and vocational backgrounds to demonstrate NVRDC’s dedication to social justice and access to justice for all victims of crime in DC.

This is a full-time, (40 hours per week) FLSA non-exempt, at-will employment position. Work hours will be adjusted based on call scheduling. Compensation: $40,000, plus benefits.


The case manager provides individualized support, assistance, advocacy, and referrals to victims of all crime in Washington, DC.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Availability for several 24-hour on-call shifts per month to support the 24/7 hospital based Sexual Assault Crisis Response Program
  • Works closely with the DC Forensic Nurse Examiners nurses, clinical and administrative directors to facilitate open communication and a seamless referral process
  • Refers primary and secondary victims to appropriate internal and external services to include: medical treatment, compensation assistance, legal support, therapeutic needs, shelter, social and educational needs
  • Attends hearings in the criminal justice, civil justice, and administrative justice systems to support and advocate for victims, as needed
  • Assists victims of all types crime with case management
  • Participates in education and training opportunities with partner agencies and members of the DC community
  • Maintains accurate case records and is responsible for project specific grant reporting
  • Works closely with law enforcement agencies, attorneys, schools, health and welfare agencies
  • Continues to grow and seek professional development opportunities for individual position(s) and organization
  • Performs other duties as needed


The successful candidate for this position must possess a combination of education and direct services experience that supports working with victims of crime and a demonstrated commitment to both public interest work and assistance to underserved populations. This position requires a self-starter who works well independently and as a team player. Specific skills and background include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred (Criminal Justice, Sociology, Psychology, Women and Gender Studies, Social Work)
  • 1-3 years direct victim services experience
  • Experience working with survivors of gender based violence
  • Shift work or on-call experience a plus
  • Experience participating in outreach and training events
  • Must live within a 20 mile radius of Washington Hospital Center
  • Extensive knowledge of victim services available within the District of Columbia, preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, anti-oppression, and/or ending gender-based violence
  • Demonstrated desire to work with crime victims and ensure they receive the services they need
  • Experience working for marginalized communities and crime victims
  • Experience working in the nonprofit arena
  • Top-notch oral and written communication skills
  • Bilingual in Spanish, ASL, Amharic preferred
  • A reputation for integrity, dependability, and professionalism.


Please send letter of interest and resume to Lindsey Silverberg, Director of Advocacy & Case Management, Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.