Director of Advocacy Services, CAPE
What I do
Rachael provides advocacy services and support to those who have experienced interpersonal violence, and provides training and presentations on trauma-informed services. In addition to offering resources, processing trauma and guiding folx through the options available to them, Rachael advocates for survivor voice at an institutional and state-wide level. Rachael is a member of CCASA Public Policy Committee, the SART Committees of the 17th and 18th Judicial District, Title IX Higher Education Committee and a newly appointed Advocate Representative of the Sexual Misconduct Advisory Committee. Rachael is passionate about advocating for marginalized populations and empowering people through the dissemination of knowledge.
During her time at Kansas State University Rachael worked at the local Domestic Violence shelter where she provided advocacy and support for survivors of relationship violence. In Orlando, Florida she attended Florida A&M University College of Law. She collaborated with others to bring the first legal action for Gay Marriage to the Florida court system and established the college's first LGBTQ+ student body organization. She has worked as an advocate providing support to those who have experienced interpersonal violence in both community and government-based entities including: The Crisis Center, Denver City Attorney's Office, Safehouse Denver, at the department of Human Services, the Rose Andom Center, 18th Judicial DA’s office and most recently Phoenix Center at CU Anschutz. She was appointed Assistant Professor and both established and facilitated the Nation's first Trauma & Violence Informed Elective offered within a Medical Institution.
Rachael co-chaired the Domestic Violence Legal Issues Committee established by the Colorado Bar Association and collaborated to establish the Statewide Bilingual Victim Advocate Committee to create a web of support for those who may be additionally marginalized due to their status. She worked as Victim Advocate & Restorative Justice Facilitator for the Diversion & Counseling Program with the 18th where she provided a voice for victims within the Diversion process, including facilitating communication between the harmed parties and those that caused harm and the community.
- Juris Doctorate - Law, Florida A&M University, 2014
- Bachelor of Science - Family Studies & Human Services, Kansas State University, 2010