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Area of expertise: law enforcement, enforcing victims’ rights, Latino/Hispanic and African-American victims, older adult victims, crisis response, and victim notification
Kyanna Perkins has been serving crime victims for more than 16 years. Currently, she works with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney as the director of the Victim Witness Services Program in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to that she served as a police officer at George Mason University Police Department and as a victim-witness specialist and assistant director in the Fairfax County Police Department’s Victim Services Section. She co-chairs the Richmond Family Violence Fatality Review Team and the Virginia Victim Witness Assistance Network Crime Victims’ Rights committee. Ms. Perkins has always believed that to work within the system, you must first understand and experience the system. These roles have provided her with the opportunity to experience the impact of crime and the legal system from multiple perspectives. She is passionate about victim services and rights, and her philosophy in serving crime victims centers around understanding the psychological impact of victimization and understanding the legal system victims must traverse. Ms. Perkins’ education and experience is a testament to her philosophy of enhancing the rights of and services to crime victims. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and a B.A. in criminal justice from Texas Woman’s University.