Sheriff’s Office welcomes new Victim Advocate

Reno, NV….The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office welcomes Kasey La Foon as the new, grant-funded, Victim Advocate from the Crisis Call Center. La Foon will work directly out of the Sheriff’s Detective Division to assist victims of crimes such as domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.

La Foon has already volunteered more than 350 hours as a victim advocate through the Crisis Call Center Sexual Assault Support Services. In addition, she has worked with the Nevada Coalition Against Sexual Violence since 2009.

Her position within the Sheriff’s Office is funded by a federal Services Training Officers Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Act Grant administered through the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. The Crisis Call Center applied for the grant as part of an ongoing partnership with the Sheriff’s Office to provide immediate advocate support for victims.

La Foon said one of her first priorities with the Sheriff’s Office is to learn all she can about the roles and resources of all the organizations and agencies that work with and assist victims.

“The more knowledge I have, the better my ability to show victims that we are a community that cares,” La Foon said.

“Connecting and referring victims to the many resources throughout the community is an important step towards empowering the victim to become a survivor,” she said.

With the help of funds raised by the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Leadership Reno Sparks class, the Sheriff’s Office converted a former detectives briefing room into a safe and comfortable place for victims and their families to wait while crime reports are being completed and additional resources are sought on their behalf.

La Foon asks the community to continue helping victims through the turbulent transitional period that follows crimes of this nature by donating essential items such as:

* New socks and undergarments for women and children
* Diapers, baby wipes and Pull-ups
* Baby formula, bottles and sippy cups
* Baby and toddler clothes
* Travel sized toiletries for hygiene kits
* Pajamas
* Jackets and coats
* Sleeping bags for all ages
* Journals and pens
* Bottled water
* Kleenex
* Shoes for women and children
* K-cups for Keurig Coffee machines
* Reading glasses and large sunglasses

Anyone with donations is asked to contact Kasey La Foon at (775) 325-6454.

Photo: Victim Advocate Kasey La Foon in a former briefing room at the Sheriff’s Office that was converted into a safe and comfortable place for victims and their families by members of the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 Leadership Reno Sparks class.