2022 VRA Update

JUNE 24TH, 2022 FROM 12 PM TO 1 PM

The Victim Rights Act (VRA) provides important rights and opportunities for participation to victims of crime in criminal cases. In 2022 the Colorado Legislature made substantial updates to the VRA to expand some of the rights and protections crime victims have.  In this webinar we will provide an update on the changes made to the VRA this year, and how they impact victims of crime.  Please join us to learn more about these important changes and to ask any questions you may have about how they impact the people you work with.


Emily Tofte Nestaval, MSW is the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center. Ms. Tofte Nestaval has over 19 years’ experience in the anti-violence field advocating for victims and survivors. Throughout her career, she has been able to meld her passion for serving survivors of violence and non-profit management. Ms. Tofte Nestaval has provided consultation, training and technical assistance to attorneys, prosecutors, and social service providers as they navigate the complexities of serving victims of violence. She has held the positions of Assistant Director of Moving to End Sexual Assault, Board Chair of the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Sexual Violence Justice Institute Program Director, Financial and Grants Manager at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and is currently the Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center. She has received several awards for the work in victim services including the 2014 Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Change Maker award and the Commitment to Justice Award from the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office in 2017.

Kazi Houston, MSW, JD is the Legal Director at Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center (RMvlc) in Denver, Colorado. Kazi obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Seattle University in 1998, her Master of Social Work and Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Denver in 2001, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver in 2010. Prior to attending law school, Kazi worked extensively with children and families managing mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, particularly those involved with the criminal justice system.  After law school, Kazi worked for 4 years as a private practice civil attorney prior to returning to the non-profit sector in 2015.  A commitment to improving community access to the legal system and engaging in innovative legal work led Kazi to RMvlc in 2016. Kazi has presented at multiple statewide and national conferences on victim legal issues. Kazi has also served as the victim representative on the Prison Population Management Interim Study Committee in 2019, and currently serves on the CCJJ Sentencing Reform Task Force and the CBI Identity Theft and Fraud Board.




Online via Zoom 



RMvlc can only guarantee accommodations for registrations submitted before June 16, 2022. Requests made after this date cannot be guaranteed, but our team will make every effort to accommodate late requests.