Mai Fernandez has been executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime since 2010. With a distinguished 25-year career in the criminal justice, nonprofit, and policy arenas, Fernandez has extensive national, state, and local leadership experience in victim-related work. Formerly with the DC-based Latin American Youth Center, Fernandez has spent the previous 13 years managing programs that serve victims of child abuse, sex trafficking, and gang violence. Other posts include serving as the Assistant District Attorney for New York County, helping victims navigate the criminal justice system and pleading their cases before the court; developing policy for victims of domestic and youth violence at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs; and serving as a Congressional aide to U.S. Representatives Mickey Leland and Jim Florio. Ms. Fernandez received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, Juris Doctor from American University, and Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. She resides with her husband and son in Washington, DC.
Jeffrey R. Dion, Deputy Executive Director
Jeffrey Dion, deputy executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime since 2010, has championed crime victims’ rights for more than two decades. Dion began advocating for victims at the age of 14, when in 1982 his 23-year-old sister, Paulette, was murdered by a serial killer. He went on to pursue a career in law to help other crime victims. In honor of his sister’s memory, Mr. Dion lobbied the Virginia General Assembly, resulting in 13 victims’ rights bills being enacted into law. He joined the National Center in 1998 and also heads its affiliate, the National Crime Victim Bar Association. He is a nationally recognized expert with strong ties to direct service providers and leaders in the field of victim services. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Mr. Dion also serves on the Board of Directors of his local rape crisis center and is a former board member and current advisory council member for the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children.