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Denise Peña

Department of Community Justice
Community Justice Manager
Portland, OR
Denise Peña has over 20 years of experience in ensuring the safety of victims, both from the perspective of offender supervision and victim advocacy.  Denise manages the Victim Services Unit and, since the unit’s creation, has worked to ensure that victims’ rights are reflected in DCJ policy and how those policies are operationalized.  Under her direction, this unit has moved from policy-only work to providing direct services through an in-house advocate to victims and offenders who are also victims.  Denise is considered an expert on domestic violence, crime victims’ rights, and the role offender supervision plays in victim restoration. She has presented locally and nationally to law enforcement and victim service providers.  In 2016, she won the National Crime Victims Law Institute’s Voices for Justice Award for her service ensuring our justice systems honors victims’ voices and promotes systematic change to improve justice for all victims.
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