The National Center for Victims of Crime mourns the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Carol Dorris, who passed away on January 8. Our condolences go out to Carol’s family and friends. Carol was a devoted mother of three children, wife, sister, and church member. She was also one of the unsung heroes of the victims’ rights field.
Carol worked for the National Center for more than 20 years as a public policy staff attorney. She was part of a small team of National Center staff that created the first-ever database of victims’ rights laws, an innovative resource that provided invaluable information to professionals in the field working to legislate better treatment of victims. Carol led the charge to make that database available to the public as “VictimLaw” in 2007. Over the years she also provided technical assistance and support to survivors, victim service providers, victim’s rights advocates, policymakers, and others working to shape public policy to meet the needs of crime victims.
Throughout her career, Carol wrote many informational bulletins and articles about crime victims’ rights and often took on challenging topics including payment of sexual assault forensic exams, sex offender management, and victims of offenders with mental illness. Carol was generous with her time and expertise, and a compassionate, warm-hearted colleague who was always willing to lend a hand or try to brighten someone’s day. Carol will be greatly missed but we are heartened that her work to bring justice and respect to crime victims lives on.