Every month, we'll interview one of the people who makes AVP so special. Up first, we have Jordan-Iman Washington, who heads up FMV:
What's your job title at AVP and how would you describe what you do here?
I currently serve as the Program Director for Families of Murder Victims. My current responsibilities include recruiting interns/volunteers as well as hiring new staff, providing supervision to undergraduate students during their internships, adhering to grants and collecting data for ongoing evaluation, managing a program that successfully serves co-victims of homicide, partnering with the DAO and their staff to better serve co-victims in/out courtroom. In addition, I attend court proceedings when needed in efforts to assist FMV's Preliminary Hearing Coordinator and Trial Coordinator.
Why did you decide to get into victim services?
To be honest, I stumbled into victim services. In 2016, as a Criminal Justice undergraduate student I was merely looking for an internship. I came across Families of Murder Victims in a database in which my school provided and it sparked an immediate interest..It's been history ever since. I interned for two summers (2016&2017) prior to joining AVP's staff full-time in August 2017 as a Victim/Witness Advocate with W/SW.
What part of your job means the most to you)?
Meeting, connecting with, and serving those who have lost a loved one to homicide means the most to me. Letting people know that they do not have to go through the system alone, brining awareness to rights that people otherwise wouldn't have known existed means the most to me.
Is there anything you'd like to focus more of your effort toward as you continue with AVP?
As I continue with AVP, I'd personally like to focus more on understanding the clinical side of things in addition to finding better ways to serve families in cases in where no arrest has been made and enhance AVP's community presence.