Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Victim Advocate Alma Arenas honored by the International Footprint Association for her commitment to victims of crime ‬

Alma Arenas is a Victim Advocate at the Victorville District Attorney’s Office. She is mainly assigned to assist the victims and families of Homicides, Gang cases, High Profile cases, and Cold Cases. In assisting these victims and families, Alma keeps them updated after each court date and patiently explains the criminal prosecution process. She also provides support to these victims and families when they attend the proceedings.

Recently, Alma assisted on a particularly challenging High-Profile Homicide case, the People vs. Christopher Lee. During the course of the of the case, Alma kept the family of the victim, Erin Corwin, updated after each court date and explained the process. And when time came for the trial, Alma traveled daily to San Bernardino, where the trial was held. Not only did she provide support to the family on an incredibly emotional case, but she also skillfully helped the grieving family avoid the probing questions of the media that consistently flooded the courtroom & court hallways. This was also a particularly lengthy trial; testimony lasted for about a month.

During that month, Alma also managed to continue to keep the families on her other cases updated as well. This meant daily running back to the Central DA’s Office during the lunch recess’ to make as many quick phone calls as possible. Her dedication was admirable.

Not only does Alma serve the victims and families she works with well, she is also a major asset to her fellow Advocates in the Victorville Victim Services Unit. It doesn’t matter if they need her to cover one of their cases, help brainstorm ideas on solving challenging situations, or cover the Victim Services reception desk. Alma is always there with a good attitude and willingness to help.

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