Victim specialists: the softer face of the FBI

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Data and graphic courtesy of the FBI

WINDOW ROCK

When most people think of the FBI, they think of hard-nosed investigators determined to track down a perp. But in the constant struggle between cops and criminals, there’s a third party who is often overlooked: the victim.

And the victim requires a softer approach. As part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Awareness Week, April 7 to 13, the FBI showcased its Victim Services Division, which since 2001 has been assisting victims of federal crimes throughout the investigation, the trial and beyond.

While perpetrators are only perpetrators while they commit the crime, “Victims are victims for life,” said FBI Special Agent Jenifer Mulhollen, who is stationed in Flagstaff.

“They have to keep dealing with what has happened to them.” When Mulhollen is called out on a case in which the victim might need some help, she calls Victim Specialist Sandy Rumore, one of seven victim specialists across the state of Arizona.


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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at cyurth@navajotimes.com.