Alex is a Staff Attorney with NVRDC where she provides free legal services to survivors of crime in criminal proceedings, civil protection order cases, and administrative Title IX matters. Prior to joining NVRDC, Alex was a staff attorney with Break the Cycle in the Washington, D.C. office. Alex also clerked for fifteen Family Court Magistrate Judges at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Prior to beginning her clerkship, Alex was a fellow at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia in the Domestic Violence and Family Law Unit. Alex currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Family Violence Appellate Project, a California-wide organization she cofounded during law school. Alex earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Alexandra serves as the Network Manager for the Victim Legal Network of DC (VLNDC)—a coordinated entry and referral system composed of 10+ DC legal service providers. Prior to this position, Alexandra served as the Navigator of VLNDC. Alexandra also serves as the Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Committee of the DC Consortium, a coalition of over 35 legal service providers in the District of Columbia.
Before joining NVRDC, Alexandra worked as an associate at Locke Lord LLP. Alexandra received her B.A., with high honors, from the University of Florida and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she worked with the Gender Violence Program. While at Harvard, Alexandra co-founded and programmed an online platform for open student-to-student exchange that had over 95% of Harvard Law's student body as registered users.
Amanda is a Case Manager for NVRDC’s Sexual Assault Response Team where she works with survivors to help them achieve self-defined justice and healing through individualized support, assistance, and advocacy. She got her start in working with survivors as a staffer for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network’s Online Hotline. Afterwards she interned both DC Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment as a domestic violence survivor advocate and with Saving Innocence where she assisted with programming designed to support youth survivors of commercial sexual exploitation in Los Angeles. She has also in sexual assault and domestic violence prevention, teaching workshops on consent and healthy relationships to high school students with the organization Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment. Amanda graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and International Studies from American University.
Audrey Meshulam serves the NVRDC advocacy team as a Bilingual Case Manager and Advocate. Her work at NVRDC builds on a previous career in case management and crisis intervention within the field of reproductive justice. Audrey earned a B.A. in Performance Studies with a minor in Spanish Language from the Northwestern University School of Communication.
Bridgette Stumpf, Esq. is the Executive Director of Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC), a position she has held since co-founding the organization in May 2012. As part of this role, Ms. Stumpf developed the Legal Services and Pro Bono Programs at NVRDC, which offer assistance to victims of all crime types in asserting their rights throughout the criminal justice process, civil legal assistance to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking in DC Superior Court, and representation to college campus survivors through administrative judicial hearings, appeals, and formal complaints to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for Title IX violations. For nearly a decade, Ms. Stumpf has spent her legal career advocating to ensure those impacted by crime are afforded meaningful rights and access to supportive services to mitigate the negative effects of trauma post-victimization.
During her time at NVRDC, Ms. Stumpf has led local and national policy efforts to advance the rights of survivors—providing expertise to members of the U.S. Congress to increase the transparency of sexual assault prosecutions and enhance the rights of crime victims and offering legal testimony and analysis to the DC Council on multiple pieces of legislation impacting the rights of survivors locally. As one of the few victims' rights legal experts in the country, Ms. Stumpf is frequently called to participate in local and national policy conversations around victims’ issues. In 2014, Bridgette served on the Department of Education's Negotiated Rule-making Committee to address Clery Act amendments under Campus SaVE through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In 2013, she served on an advisory panel hosted by the Financial Crimes Resource Center to create “Assisting Victims of Financial Crimes,” a manual for victim service providers. She pushed for the passage of ground-breaking legislation for survivors of sexual assault in DC under the Sexual Assault Victims Rights Amendment Act of 2014. In 2015, Ms. Stumpf provided consultation to the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime for the Department of Justice Canada. In 2010, she served as a panelist at the National Day of Remembrance for Homicide Victims Forum. Additionally, Ms. Stumpf has served as a national expert in crime victims’ issues at conferences including those hosted by the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC), the National Crime Victims' Law Institute's (NCVLI), National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), and other leading victims’ rights and services organizations.
Ms. Stumpf has a distinguished track record working across a broad spectrum of issues impacting survivors and was recognized for her work in non-profit service and was honored in 2014 by the Women’s Information Network (WIN) Young Women Achievement Award (YWA) for her efforts in non-profit advocacy. Under her direction, NVRDC’s legal team was recognized by NCVLI’s Legal Advocacy Award—recognizing crime victims’ rights attorneys who have dedicated and committed their time to representing victims of crime in the criminal justice system.
Ms. Stumpf is commonly called upon to respond to issues impacting victims’ rights and has been quoted several times in the Washington Post, Washington City Paper, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, the Chronicle of Higher Education, RH Reality Check, W*USA9 TV, and NPR’s Reveal Radio.
A member of the Maryland and DC bars, Ms. Stumpf formerly worked as a crime victims’ rights attorney, representing victims of crime in issues such as being present in the court room, victim impact statements, protecting victims’ privacy, restitution and post-conviction proceedings.
Ms. Stumpf is working as a consultant to inform the work of the Mass Violence and Victimization Resource Center building best practices in responses to incidents of mass violence and domestic terrorism and serving as a consultant for the national non-profit, I Have The Right To, aiming to eliminate sexual violence and its consequences in private high schools and boarding schools. As a certified Police Instructor, Ms. Stumpf has trained at several Maryland academy and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia in-service trainings on topics such as Trauma Responses, Instructor Liability, Victims’ Rights, Elder Abuse, Sexual Assault on Campuses, and Domestic Violence Awareness. Ms. Stumpf is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland University College, where she teaches the Study of Victimology.
Charlotte Keenan is a Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator, managing NVRDC's Pro Bono Program and providing legal services to survivors of crime in civil protection order cases, criminal proceedings, and administrative Title IX matters. Before joining NVRDC, Charlotte worked as a Staff Attorney at Break the Cycle, where she represented 12-24 year old survivors of dating abuse, sexual assault, and stalking in civil protection order and family law matters. Charlotte also coordinated the Domestic Violence Pilot Project, supervising law student volunteers who assisted unrepresented survivors filing for emergency protective orders at the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois. Charlotte received her B.A. from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois.
Heba is the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow at NVRDC. She represents survivors of crime in civil protection order proceedings, on-campus Title IX hearings, and in criminal cases. Prior to joining NVRDC, Heba was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Marisa Demeo, and later, to the Honorable Hiram Puig-Lugo at the District of Columbia Superior Court. Before her clerkships, Heba pioneered the development of the Cyber-Violence Project, a George Washington University Law School clinical program that provides legal assistance to survivors of cyber-stalking, cyber-harassment, and non-consensual pornography. During law school, Heba interned with Human Rights First and the Tahirih Justice Center, working with immigrant clients fleeing gender-based violence.
Heba received her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin, and her J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University Law School. She is fluent in Arabic and licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Karin Tovar is a bilingual Case Manager at NVRDC’s Sexual Assault Crisis Response Project. She provides crisis intervention, advocacy & case management. She has a Master Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the George Washington University and has volunteered at DC Rape Crisis Center, and La Clinica del Pueblo. Her latest internship was at Ayuda and Kolmac Clinic. Karin has worked providing counseling and case management for clients that have experienced sexual abuse, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. Karin enjoys swimming, dancing Argentine tango, and practicing mindfulness meditation. She has studied reiki since 2010 and became Reiki Master in 2014. Karin is fond of eastern philosophies. Her latest research project was a design program for seniors with Alzheimer and mindfulness/ dancing.
Kristin is Co-Director of Legal Programs with NVRDC where she, along with Matthew Ornstein, oversees NVRDC's legal programs, trains and supervises staff attorneys, and represents crime victims in criminal prosecutions, Civil Protection Order cases, and Title IX campus grievance procedures. Prior to joining NVRDC, Kristin worked as an attorney in Maryland's Montgomery and Prince George's Counties with House of Ruth Maryland's Protection Order Advocacy and Representation Project where she represented survivors of intimate partner violence in protection and peace order litigation and staffed walk-in legal clinics. Kristin also served as law clerk to Magistrate Judges Janet Albert and Mary Grace Rook with the DC Superior Court. Kristin received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her juris doctorate at the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Kris is a Case Manager for NVRDC's Sexual Assault Crisis Response Project, responsible for providing advocacy and support services. Prior to her work at NVRDC, Kris worked at the Pan American Development Foundation as a Program Coordinator providing training and technical assistance to civil society groups advocating for women's rights in Latin America. Most recently Kris was a Program Manager for the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) managing projects in Latin America, South East Asia and East Africa, to strengthen individuals and their communities through socioeconomic empowerment.
Kris formerly volunteered with the DC Rape Crisis Center as a Hotline Counselor. Kris also volunteers with the Collective Action for Safe Spaces in DC as a Workshop Trainer, where she co-facilitates anti-street harassment and bystander intervention trainings to share tools and resources for combating street harassment. Kris received her B.A. from American University.
Leise Gergely joined the NVRDC team in June of 2013 as a Case Manager and is now a Senior Case Manager for NVRDC’s Sexual Assault Crisis Response Program providing hospital advocacy and support services. Previously, Leise was a volunteer with DC Survivors and Advocates For Empowerment where she answered calls on their 24-hour a day, 7 day a week crisis response line to provide emotional support and information about the legal system, social service programs, and emergency shelters. At DC SAFE she also participated in ride-alongs with the Metropolitan Police Department to provide direct, in-person services at crime scenes. Prior to coming to NVRDC, Leise worked as a Training Associate at the Young Women’s Project where she conducted high quality, effective trainings for youth around self-advocacy and reproductive health. She arranged for and provided support, peer counseling, advocacy, and social service referrals. Prior to moving to DC, Leise worked as a Youth Intervention Specialist in Palm Beach County, Florida where she reached thousands of youth in the community; helping them to understand the dynamics of various forms of violence through education, intervention, and empowerment through trainings and group sessions in schools, juvenile detention centers, and hospitals. Leise received her B.A. in Sociology and Women’s studies from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.
Lindsey Silverberg is the Director of Advocacy & Case Management with NVRDC, a holistic services organization that provides crisis intervention, case management, civil legal services, and crime victims’ rights representation to victims of all types of crime. She oversees NVRDC’s advocacy and case management program, runs the Sexual Assault Crisis Response Project, trains and supervises program staff, and manages the data collection and reporting for the organization. Prior to joining NVRDC, Lindsey worked as an Associate Project Director at Danya International where she managed several federal public health research grants, developed educational content, and designed and implemented research evaluations. Lindsey also worked as the Manager of Outreach and Student Services at the University of Maryland’s Office of the Victim Advocate. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland and her M.A. from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Maggie Schmidt is a Staff Attorney and the Legal Clinic Coordinator. As a staff attorney is responsible for representing crime victims’ rights in criminal cases, civil protection order hearings, and Title IX proceedings. She also organizes, advertises, and schedules staff in the weekly call-in legal advice clinic and Know Your Rights presentations at local universities.
Prior to coming to NVRDC she worked at the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice as a Research Associate/Contract Attorney writing and researching about emerging public health and health care issues. Maggie attended the University of New Hampshire School of Law and University of New Hampshire Graduate School at Manchester where she concurrently pursued a JD and Masters of Public Health (MPH). During her time in NH she worked at organizations providing direct services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, Have Justice—Will Travel in Vermont and the UNH Law Immigration Clinic, psychology labs researching domestic, sexual violence, and interpersonal violence, UNH Violence Resilience and Response Lab and Interpersonal Violence Lab, as well as completing a legal residency at the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women with the legal-policy team. Maggie also works on weekends facilitating ropes and archery programs for Girl Scouts of the Nations Capitol. She received her undergraduate degree in government and history from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Maggie is admitted to the Massachusetts and DC Bars.
Margo Badawy is a Staff Attorney at NVRDC, where she represents survivors of crime in civil protection order proceedings, on-campus Title IX hearings, and in criminal cases. Prior to NVRDC, Ms. Badawy worked at the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, where she provided training and technical assistance to prosecutors and criminal justice allies nationwide. Before that, Margo was a staff attorney at the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands. She also spent almost three years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, where she prosecuted Special Victims crimes including first degree sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, elder abuse, domestic violence, and homicide. Margo began her legal career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She graduated cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School and magna cum laude from Pennsylvania State University's Schreyer Honors College.
Matt Ornstein is Co-Director of Legal Programs at Network for Victim Recovery of DC. Matt has nearly 8 years of experience representing crime victims in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and in federal court. Before coming to NVRDC, Matt worked as a staff attorney at Maryland Crime Victim’s Resource Center, Inc. , where he represented clients related to privacy issues, the right to be present and heard and the right to request timely restitution. He has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Davis-Loomis and the Honorable Paul A. Hackner in Anne Arundel County. Matt is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Merry O'Brien, MSW is NVRDC's Grants Administrator & Elder Justice Coordinator. For nearly a decade, she has served in the victims' rights and services field, and is experienced with the administration of grant awards, provision of fiscal and programmatic oversight and training to grantees, capacity development, coalition coordination, staff and volunteer training, grant writing and project management.
In addition to providing financial management of NVRDC's direct service grant awards, Merry provides coordination for several non-direct service grants at NVRDC which improve training, response, and promote coordinated community responses: www.nvrdc.org/projects. This includes DC TROV: The District's Collaborative Training & Response to Older Victims, which brings together victim service, law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and other allied professionals to increase awareness, training, and service to elder abuse victims in DC and NVRDC's Identity Theft Assistance Project (ITAP), which works to increase the community's ability to meet the needs of identity theft and fraud victims.
Previously, at at the Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Ms. O'Brien served as Director of Special Grants, where she managed millions of dollars in pass-through funds to dozens of subrecipients around the country. This included the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network and the HOPE II Project, supported by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) at the U.S. Department of Justice. She also founded the PEACE Coalition, a multidisciplinary group in Maryland dedicated to preventing and responding to elder abuse victims. Prior to this role, Ms. O'Brien was involved with several projects at the nonprofit Elder Law of Michigan which strove to improve seniors' access to food, medical coverage, and safety from abuse. Merry earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she received the Geriatric Scholars Award.
Naida Henao is the Strategic Advocacy Counsel at NVRDC. In this capacity, Naida works collaboratively with NVRDC staff and leadership to identify systemic barriers that impact NVRDC's clients access to justice and create strategic solutions to streamline our advocacy, legal, and communications efforts to combat these barriers. Naida’s role includes providing brief advice to clients, supporting legal staff with complex motions practice, mentoring pro bono counsel who handle impact litigation efforts, and advising on legislative advocacy and policy initiatives. Naida also identifies and creates opportunities for NVRDC to participate in publications, trainings, and speaking engagements on the organization’s areas of expertise. Formerly, Naida was a bilingual Staff Attorney with NVRDC and represented crime victims in criminal cases, civil protection orders, and Title IX proceedings. Before coming to NVRDC, Naida worked as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Timothy Lydon at Mercer County Superior Court's Criminal Part in Trenton, New Jersey. Naida received her B.A. in International Studies at DePaul University, and her J.D. at American University's Washington College of Law. Naida is licensed to practice in New York, Illinois, and the District of Columbia.
Ruth Perrin is a Staff Attorney at NVRDC, where she represents survivors of crime in civil protection order proceedings, on-campus Title IX hearings, and in criminal cases. She also serves as the Legal Intern Coordinator. Before becoming a Staff Attorney, Ruth was a Law Clerk at NVRDC. She is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School. As a law student, Ruth participated in the school's two domestic violence clinics, and interned at several DC-area organizations serving victims of violence. Ruth received her B.A. from Lawrence University in Classics and Government. She is a member of the Maryland bar.
Sarah Foster is a Case Manager at NVRDC. She originally joined the NVRDC team as a fellow with the Lutheran Volunteer Corps and is now a full time staff member. Sarah has enjoyed a variety of work experiences ranging from fitness instructor to Orientation Team Leader for her university. Sarah enjoys traveling, cooking vegetables, eating cheese, camping, and watching DC United games. Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and Health and Human Kinetics from Ohio Wesleyan University.
Saron Shiferaw is a Case Manager for NVRDC's Sexual Assault Response Team, where she works with survivors and provides hospital based crisis support. Saron graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and minor in Women's Studies. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh and received her Master of Social Work. During her time in Pittsburgh, Saron worked with an agency that provided services for victims of all types of crime.
Sofia Kaut is a Case Manager at NVRDC. She is doing a year of service at NVRDC as part of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps program. She is from Des Moines, Iowa. Sofia graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a B.A. in Women's & Gender Studies and Music. At St. Olaf, she volunteered as an advocate for the Sexual Assault Resource Network, where she provided support for campus survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Stephanie Shea is the Communications & Events Coordinator at NVRDC. Prior to this role, she was a case manager and volunteer coordinator at NVRDC and also worked as an advocate for sexual assault victims in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. Stephanie has also volunteered and completed internships and fellowships at organizations that focus on other areas of interest to her: persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, sex work, harm reduction, suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth, and other areas of queer health & wellness. Stephanie went to school in Atlanta, Georgia at Georgia State University, where she obtained Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Social Work.