COLORADO ORGANIZATION FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE

aka COVA   |   Denver, CO   |  http://www.coloradocrimevictims.org

Mission

The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA) is committed to fairness and healing for crime victims, their families, and communities through leadership, education, and advocacy.  By operating in an inclusive and compassionate manner, COVA creates solutions and positive change.

Ruling year info

1989

Principal Officer

Nancy Lewis

Main address

1325 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 508 B

Denver, CO 80222 USA

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EIN

84-0972509

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Y01)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

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Victim Services Intern Program

The mission of the COVA Victim Services Intern Program is to recruit students who represent under-represented populations, and place them in paid positions within victim service agencies. Objectives focus on cultivating career opportunities and increasing sensitivity and awareness in cultural and environmental issues, while advocating victims’ needs and rights.

Population(s) Served

COVA can help you meet your training needs! We currently offer several trainings for professionals and volunteers working with victims of crime and trauma. For COVA Organizational Members, there is no charge for the training!   We also offer COVA Hosted Trainings for COVA members, free of charge! There is a small charge for non-members.

Population(s) Served

This project will assure the appropriate and accurate identification of human trafficking victims in Colorado through awareness and information activities, as well as through the development and implementation of statewide human trafficking training initiatives. This project will assure the development and coordinated use of a comprehensive, statewide VSPN capable of meeting the unique needs of human trafficking victims including, but not limited to: case management, interpretation, food, clothing, shelter, emergency medical assessment and treatment, legal/immigration assistance, mental health treatment, dental care, and transportation. COVA is also responsible for managing the Colorado Network to End Human Trafficking (CoNEHT), which is a collaborative network of agencies that provide services to trafficking victims and is working to improve response services and resources throughout the state. Any agency that has provided, or is interested in providing, services to a victim of human trafficking is encouraged to contact the Project Manager about working with CoNEHT. CoNEHT runs a 24-hour hotline. This hotline can be used for an emergency line for victims to call directly, a line to request trainings or information about human trafficking, and a tip line for community members to leave information about a suspected trafficking situation.

Population(s) Served

On April 19, 2006, the COVA Board of Directors unanimously approved a motion to establish a voluntary victim advocate certification program. The Board considered and adopted a proposal submitted by the COVA Committee on Credentialing, made up of representatives from both system and non-system agencies, which had been meeting for over a year to debate, discuss, and define the parameters and substance of the certification program. The Certification Program will provide the opportunity for many in the victim services field to gain voluntary certification status through COVA. It will encourage and recognize those that have achieved years of experience and training, while honoring the service and training of part-time and volunteer advocates. Please read through the following information and download the applications located at the bottom of this page.

The Program consists of three levels of certification -- basic, intermediate, and advanced.

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Awards

Social Change & Justice Award 2007

Javad Marshall Fields & Vivian Wolfe Memorial

Appreciation 2006

Park County Sheriff's Office & Victim Services Program

Appreciation Excellent Assistance with Healing Fund 1999

Reverend Lucia Guzman

Appreciation Excellent Assistance with Healing Fund 2005

Colorado Department of Emergency Management

Appreciation Excellent Assistance during Columbine 1999

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2009

Financials

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COLORADO ORGANIZATION FOR VICTIM ASSISTANCE

Board of directors
as of 07/02/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Krista Flannigan

17th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Term: 2008 - 2010

Irene Blatnick

02nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Florence Hunt

10th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Mary McGhee

CO DHS, Human REsources Compliance & Reg. Affairs

Cecil O'Farrell

Greeley Police Department

Steve Siegel

02nd Judicial District Attorney's Office

Tom Waddill

No Affiliation

Marsha Willis

Americas Development Group

Nancy Lewis

Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance