Rio Grande Valley Empowerment Zone-Victims of Crime Program and the 79th Judicial District Attorney’s Office welcomes new Project Coordinator

Please join the 79th Judicial District Attorney in welcoming our newest RGVEZC, Victims of Crime Project Coordinator Ms. Cynthia Arevalo. Ms. Arevalo started her new position on December 16, 2015, and her position will cover Brooks, Jim Wells, Duval and Kleberg Counties. Ms. Arevalo holds a Bachelors in Business Administration-minor in Marketing. Her experience includes advocating for clients that were undergoing a personal crisis/loss of their personal home/health, walking them through the process and securing other resources. Cynthia's experience also includes volunteer work at a woman’s shelter and food bank. Ms. Arevalo belonged to a military wives support group where wives would meet to discuss challenges.

Ms. Arevalo will be responsible for working with victims’ personal safety, emergency situations, emotional and physical healing, respectful treatment, legal rights, and providing a sense of justice and financial recovery and restitution. Ms. Arevalo will be housed out of the Falfurrias and Alice offices of the 79th Judicial

District Attorney. When asked why she wanted the job she replied "I was born and raised in Falfurrias. I told my parents if I ever came back to my hometown to live I wanted to make a difference, make the community better".

The RGV-VOC program is a partnership with the 79th Judicial District Attorney, Carlos Omar Garcia. Garcia stated, “This partnership will help bring many needed resources into our area and will help serve the needs of the victims in our communities. The services that will be provided will complement the services currently provided through the District Attorney’s Office, our local law enforcement agencies, the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, and the other community organizations.”

Services to be provided through the program include: direct services such as assistance with basic needs, crisis intervention, counseling, court accompaniment, safety planning, and establishing victim support groups; professional training for both law enforcement and non-professionals in the following areas: family violence, child abuse, victim’s rights, human trafficking, and other topics in violent crimes; and presentations and community outreach activities. Ms. Arevalo can be reached at 361/460-8103.