Jessie Mindlin

Much as I believe in the capacity of the law to effect change, I know that changes in the law are not enough to transform a culture that has become far too tolerant of rape, and of violence against women generally. My work on CounterQuo is to help ensure that we reach a turning point in this country; that we collaborate across disciplines to forge new and renewed strategies so that women can live safely, in peace, and free from the threat of sexual violence. I don't want to look back in 30 years and think of what might have been; I want to look back and see how much better it is. CounterQuo is my chance to make a difference.

— Jessie Mindlin

Jessica Mindlin is the National Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC), a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the nation’s legal response to sexual assault. Ms. Mindlin is located in the VRLC’s Portland, Oregon office.

Before joining the VRLC, she was the Senior Staff Attorney for the National Crime Victim Law Institute and the Center for Law & Public Policy on Sexual Violence, and a clinical instructor at Lewis and Clark Law School. Ms. Mindlin has served as a statewide Support Unit Attorney for the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon,Coordinator of the Oregon Supreme Court-Oregon State Bar Task Force on Gender Fairness, and Legal Access Project Director for the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Prior to law school, Ms. Mindlin worked as a rape victim advocate, a counselor and a legal advocate for battered women, a counselor for runaway youth, a public defender trial assistant, and a waitress. Ms. Mindlin graduated with honors from the University of Washington School of Law, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Washington Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif and the Moot Court Honor Board.

She is the author of Child Sexual Abuse and Criminal Statutes of Limitation: A Model For Reform, 65 Wash. L. Rev. (1990) and the co-author of Rights and Remedies: Meeting the Civil Legal Needs of Sexual Violence Survivors and Confidentiality and Sexual Violence Survivors: A Toolkit for State Coalitions. Ms. Mindlin is the Co-Editor in Chief of the VRLC’s national legal manual, “BEYOND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: Using the Law to Help Restore the Lives of Sexual Assault Victims A Practical Guide for Attorneys and Advocates" (2008).

Ms. Mindlin serves on the Advisory Council for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Advisory Board of New Leadership Oregon. She is a frequent national trainer and consultant on the legal rights of sexual violence survivors, with a special emphasis on victim confidentiality.

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