Three Perspectives on Crime Victims’ Rights

The event will start at 10 a.m. and can be seen online at

“We have an inspiring lineup of speakers,” said Richard Torrance, managing director of the Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) at the state Department of Commerce. “This will also be an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the state’s efforts to support victims of crime.”

Speakers at this year’s event include:

Dr. Karen “Dr. J” Johnson, founding director of the Washington State Office of Equity. Dr. Johnson was also the first Equity & Inclusion Administrator for the Washington State Department of Corrections;
Prof. Meg Garvin, executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute and a leading expert on victims’ rights. She is nationally recognized for her contributions to preventing and responding to sexual assault in the military; and,
Jorge Barón, executive director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. The agency provides comprehensive immigration legal services to families in Washington.

The event will also include a presentation of the Nancy Hawley Lifetime Achievement Award to Sheila Lewallen. The award is in recognition of Lewallen’s more than 40 years of advocacy for crime victims, and her work at the state Department of Corrections.