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Responding to the Unique Challenges Facing Victims in Cases with an International Component
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Victims of crime face a myriad of hurdles in the aftermath of crime from where to turn for services to understanding whether they have rights to knowing how to protect those rights during the investigation and prosecution of the crime. These hurdles are even more daunting when the crime is committed or investigated abroad and the victim has to navigate foreign justice and service systems.  Whether the crime is an online crime where the victim is in the United States but the perpetrator is abroad, or whether the crime occurs when the victim is traveling only to have the victim return home to wonder what is happening, fortunately there are resources available!  Join us for an informative and engaging discussion about the hurdles these victims face and the services that are available.

Presenters will include staff from NCVLI’s Responding to Online Fraud Project and members of the Department of State’s Office of Policy Review and Interagency Liaison and the Crime Victim Assistance Program:


Meg Garvin, is the executive director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and a clinical professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School.  Ms. Garvin is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights. She regularly presents on victims’ rights and participates in national forums to develop policy on victims’ rights. She has testified before Congress and the Oregon Legislature on the current state of victim law. She serves on the Legislative & Public Policy Committee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force, and co-chairs the Oregon Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights Task Force. She served as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Victims Committee from 2005-2010, and has served as a member of the board of directors for the National Organization of Victim Assistance.  Prior to joining NCVLI, Ms. Garvin practiced law in a private firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota and clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puget Sound, her master of arts degree in communication studies from the University of Iowa, and her juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Margery Gehan joined the Department of State in May 2001, holding positions in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Office of Children’s Issues before beginning her current position as a Victim Assistance Specialist in August 2011.  Margery has previously served as a U.S. Probation Officer in the District of Columbia specializing in supervising clients diagnosed with a mental illness. 

Victoria Márquez has served as a Victim Assistance Specialist within the Department of State since August 2011.  She currently assists Embassy, consulate staff and desk officers working in East Asia and Pacific, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding Mexico).  Prior to joining the Department, Ms. Márquez served as a program manager within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Janine Gannon joined the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Consular Affairs, in 2007.  She is an Attorney Adviser who focuses on international family law, passport issuance to children, and citizenship matters.  Prior to her current position, she was a Victim Assistance Specialist for three years and covered Africa, the Middle East, Southern Asia, and Europe.  Prior to coming to the Department, Ms. Gannon has worked with victims of violent crime in a variety of settings for over eighteen years, including the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University.

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