Washington Identity Theft Network Alliance
Coordinated by Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates
The Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates was formed in 1984 after it became apparent that there were categories of victims who were not benefiting from the gains that were being made in the public policy arena and that a strong common interest in improving victim rights among different groups of victim advocates could be more effectively pursued if groups combined their efforts. The Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates has grown to become a broad-based coalition of individuals and crime victim service providers across the state of Washington, including community-based non-profit organizations, victim advocates in prosecutor’s offices and law enforcement agencies, government-run victim services programs, and crime victim counselors as well as concerned citizens.
The Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates’ encompassing mission of strengthening crime victim rights and improving services for victims statewide continues to be pursued and achieved by providing diverse trainings throughout Washington, providing technical assistance to community-based and system-based crime victim advocates to assist and address problems advocates encounter in the field by providing resources and referrals. WCCVA also strongly monitors legislation that impacts crime victims and crime victims’ rights and works to educate legislators about the impact of proposed legislation.
WCCVA’s goals of improving community awareness lends itself to achieve strong levels of effectiveness within the National Identity Theft Victims’ Network Project. Through aggressive outreach and training the Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates are:
- Enhancing Washington State’s ability to consistently identify and respond to current and emerging issues of identity theft on an ongoing basis by establishing the Washington State Identity Theft Working Group.
- Increasing the knowledge of identity theft issues and appropriate prevention and responses to identity theft among crime victim advocates, businesses and service providers in Washington State.
- Increasing the ability of community members, crime victim advocates, and service providers in Washington to conduct identity theft outreach in their communities by providing training and a resource guide.
- Increasing the awareness of identity theft issues and the resources available for victims in Washington State by conducting statewide identity theft outreach.
For more information about WCCVA or the Alliance:
Shayna Burmeister, Outreach Coordinator at admin (at) wccva (dot) org
Rose Torgerson, Training Facilitator at training (at) wccva (dot) org
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