Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri has recently announced the appointment of Alicia Phillips as the victim witness coordinator for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. This promotion comes after the retirement of Susan Meyer, who dedicated over 25 years of service to the prosecutor’s office. In her new role, Phillips will be responsible for overseeing a team of eight victim witness advocates, who are committed to providing personalized support to crime victims, witnesses, and their families.
The Office of Victim Witness Advocacy, led by Phillips, is dedicated to advocating for the rights of victims within the criminal justice system. Their services include emotional support, crisis intervention, referrals, court accompaniment, and information provision. They work closely with other victim service providers, professionals, and community leaders to ensure a comprehensive network of support is available.
Prosecutor Onofri commended Alicia Phillips for her dedication to supporting victims in Mercer County. He acknowledges her tireless efforts to ensure that victims of crime are treated with fairness, compassion, and respect by the criminal justice system. In her new supervisory role, Prosecutor Onofri looks forward to collaborating with Phillips to further enhance the essential services provided to victims.
Having served the prosecutor’s Office of Victim Witness Advocacy for 22 years, Alicia Phillips brings a wealth of experience to her new position. She has worked as a victim advocate and most recently as a supervising victim advocate, gaining expertise in various units such as domestic violence, homicide, special victims, juvenile, economic crime, trial, grand jury, and serious collision response. As a supervisor, Phillips effectively managed the activities of victim witness staff, ensuring quality service delivery to crime victims, witnesses, and their families.
In addition to her role as coordinator, Phillips also serves as an instructor of the Victim Witness Assistance Program at the Mercer County Police Academy. She actively participates in grant writing, securing funding for the Victim Witness program through grants such as the Victims of Crime Act and the Violence Against Women Act. Furthermore, she has received certification from the National Organization for Victim Assistance Crisis Response Team and is currently working towards her certification as a trauma-competent family professional through the Institute for Family Professionals.
Alicia Phillips holds a magna cum laude bachelor’s degree in behavioral science with a minor in English from York College of Pennsylvania. During her college years, she interned at the York Children and Family Counseling Center, where she worked with troubled youth and their families, contributing to the implementation of the Families and Schools Together program in local public elementary schools. Prior to joining the prosecutor’s office, Phillips served as a community education specialist for the Mercer County Division of Mental Health, where she conducted suicide prevention trainings for volunteers and professionals in the community.
In conclusion, Alicia Phillips’ appointment as the victim witness coordinator for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office is a testament to her dedication and expertise in supporting crime victims and their families. Her extensive experience, coupled with her commitment to fairness and compassion, will undoubtedly contribute to the continued success of the Office of Victim Witness Advocacy.