Victim Support Services Executive Director - Marge Jubie Fairweather

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Marge Jubie Fairweather is the Executive Director of Victim Support Services, which has been providing peer support and advocacy for victims of crime since 1975. We are the oldest victim advocacy agency in Washington State and one of the oldest in the nation, and continue to provide services free of charge to victims of crime. WE SERVE VICTIMS OF THE FOLLOWING CRIME TYPES Adult Missing Persons Arson Assault Burglary Elder Abuse Fraud Gang Violence Hate Crime Homicide Human Trafficking Identity Theft Robbery Vehicular Assault Vehicular Homicide Victim Support Services is a non–profit agency with our main office in Snohomish County, with satellite offices located in King, Island, Skagit and Whatcom Counties. HISTORY Victim Support Services was originally named Families and Friends of Missing Persons and Violent Crime Victims. The change of name in 2013 was to better reflect the work the agency does. Families and Friends was founded by Lola Linstad and Linda Barker, after the abduction and subsequent murder of Lola’s 19-year old daughter, Vonnie Stuth. The Linstads had become frustrated by the criminal justice process, which seemed to be more concerned with the rights of the suspect than those of the victims, and wondered how people in similar circumstances felt. Over the previous year, the Pacific Northwest had experienced a number of disappearances of young women and children. With the help of a newspaper reporter, Lola and Linda compiled a list of names and addresses of the families of missing girls and contacted them to arrange a meeting. On February 25th, 1975, thirteen families came together in a church auditorium to share their heartbreaking experiences and to talk about their mutual concerns. The group began by holding two monthly meetings; one was a planning meeting for members, and the other public meeting in which representatives of various parts of the criminal justice system were invited to speak and answer questions. The latter proved to be a valuable way of educating members and the public on how the criminal justice system operates. The organization identified several areas that needed to be addressed immediately and started effecting change by: •Implementing a court watch program that gathered data, evaluated judges and announced the ratings prior to judicial elections •Pushing for prison reform and advocated mandatory minimum sentencing •Campaigning to reinstate the death penalty in Washington State •Encouraging law enforcement agencies to aggressively investigate disappearances instead of attributing most to the “runaway” category •Advocating for the right of victims and survivors to address the court at sentencing (Victim Impact Statement) •Testifying at state legislative hearings •Reaching out to other victims and families so that they would not have to endure their suffering alone

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5023 Claremont Way
Everett, Washington 98203
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