Who We Are

Mission statement

Victim Rights Center of CT (VRCCT) provides quality no-fee legal services to victims of adult sexual assault, child physical & sexual abuse, violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) people, elder abuse, and homicide. VRCCT provides victim-focused services that are outside the reach or contemplation of the traditional criminal justice system but which are critical to protecting a survivor’s rights, privacy and dignity.

Victim Rights Center Staff

Maura Crossin- Executive Director/Senior Attorney

Maura began her career working with victims as an intern at the Center for Family Justice (formerly the Center for Women and Families) while she was earning a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut. She then worked as a Family Violence Victim Advocate for the YWCA Domestic Abuse Services for several years before she decided to further her knowledge of the law at Quinnipiac University. While earning her J.D. at Quinnipiac, Maura interned in the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Civil Legal Clinic, and New Haven Legal Aid Association. She also competed in four Mock Trial Competitions while in law school, placing first in the Northeast Regional Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Maura began her career as a lawyer representing minor victims of Sexual Assault as a Guardian Ad Litem before accepting a position as an associate attorney at the Victim Rights Center of CT in 2013. She was promoted to Senior Attorney and then Executive Director in January of 2018 after VRCCT’s founder, James Clark, retired.

Stacey Cox- Associate Attorney

Attorney Cox brings a diverse professional background to the Victim Rights Center of CT.  She spent several years as in house counsel for Allied World Assurance Company, a professional and general liability insurer. Prior to that, she drafted legislation and advised lawmakers as an attorney for the Legislative Commissioners Office of the CT General Assembly.  She also handled divorce and custody cases as a pro bono attorney for Statewide Legal Services.  Attorney Cox holds a J.D., magna cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law, where she was a member of the Syracuse Law Review, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Providence College.

Allison Roach- Associate Attorney

Mary-Caitlin Harding- Associate Attorney

Mary-Caitlin graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2016. While in law school, Mary-Caitlin served as a publication editor for the Quinnipiac Law Review and Vice President of the Mock Trial Society. Mary-Caitlin competed in several mock trials during law school. She was a regional finalist at the 2016 TYLA National Trial Competition and a semi-finalist at the Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition. Prior to working at the Victim Rights Center of CT, Mary-Caitlin worked as an attorney representing children with special needs advocating for her clients to receive appropriate educations.

James G. Clark- Founder/Of Counsel

Attorney Clark prosecuted violent crimes Connecticut for more than twenty years, serving and interacting with victims on a daily basis. In 2010, Attorney Clark was appointed as the first civilian professor at the Army’s law school in Charlottesville, Virginia as the subject matter expert on sexual assault, victim and offender behavior, and victims’ rights. He has studied and written about these issues in depth and has attended national conferences on victim rights. He has also been specifically trained to represent the needs of crime victims at numerous national conferences and by the National Crime Victim Law Institute in Portland, Oregon. Mr. Clark first served victims of crime in 1979 when he co-founded the first Temporary Restraining Order clinic for domestic violence victims in San Francisco while a law student. He founded VRCCT in July 2013. In January 2018, he retired from VRCCT, but will remain connected to the organization as Of Counsel.

Board Of Directors

Wick Chambers – President

is an attorney at Winnick, Ruben, Hoffnung, Peabody and Mendel, LLC in New Haven, Connecticut, offering independent, experienced advice about questions relating to legal ethics, specifically to Connecticut's Rules of Professional Conduct. He assists lawyers to exercise independent, professional judgment consistent with the Rules and thereby (a) prevent ethics questions from becoming problems and (b) improve the process of self-regulation. He has been a practicing attorney for 27 years, including twenty-seven years of experience in the field of legal ethics, eighteen years of experience negotiating IT contracts for a regional bank holding company, and ten years of experience with corporate / commercial transactions.

David Rose – Treasurer

is a developmental neuropsychologist and educator whose primary focus is on the development of new technologies for learning. In 1984, Dr. Rose co-founded CAST, a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and contemporary research in the cognitive neurosciences. That work has grown into a new field called Universal Design for Learning which now influences educational policy and practice throughout the United States and beyond. Dr. Rose has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for nearly three decades.

Diane Langlan-Wortz

is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Haven and Quinnipiac University, teaching Forensic Psychology and Victimology courses. Prior to teaching, she worked for the State of Connecticut's Office of Victim Services as a Victim Advocate, then moved on to a Staff Development position.

Christelle Ramos

is manager, Marketing Assets & Synergy for The Madison Square Garden Company, where she has worked since 2013. She graduated from Fordham University and obtained her Masters in Sports Marketing from Georgetown University. She is an expert in marketing strategy, branding, and communications, and brings those skills along with a passion for community service to the Board.

April Ries, Psy.D.

is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Hamden, CT. She has worked extensively with both children and adults, and has experience counselling victims of crime.

Nicole Seawright

is a staff attorney with Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc., a statewide non-profit agency which provides legal services to low income individuals with mental health conditions, who reside in hospitals or the community, on matters related to their treatment, recovery, and civil rights. She was the first Associate Attorney with Victim Rights Center before joining CLRP.