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Victim Services Branch

The policy of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is to treat all victims in a respectful, responsive, and compassionate manner. MPD’s Victim Services Branch provides support, information, and referrals to victims and their families. Victim Specialists serve as advocates to empower victims/survivors and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the District of Columbia. The Victim Services Branch includes the Family Liaison Specialist Unit (FLSU), Major Case Victims Unit (MCVU) and the Victim Specialists Unit (VSU).

Additional information about services the MPDC offers for victims and family members of crime of crime victims is available in the MPDC Victim Assistance Page.

Family Liaison Specialist Unit

The FLSU provides support services to survivors of homicide victims throughout the investigative process.  Specifically, members of this unit support survivors by acting as a liaison between the detective investigating the case and survivor. FLSU specialists establish relationships throughout the community and provide information about government and community-based resources to better serve the unique needs of survivors and their family. Specialists also provide survivors with on-going emotional support, case updates, information concerning victim’s rights, referrals for grief counseling, information regarding funeral expenses, and other related services.

Major Case Victims Unit

The Major Case Victims Unit (MCVU) serves victims of violent felony offenses.  In the cases of violent felonies, victim specialists, ensure that survivors have information concerning their rights as victims of crime, access to on-going support, case updates, and referrals to government and community based resources.

Victim Specialists Unit

The Victim Specialists Unit provides support, information, and referrals to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Victim Specialists in the unit act as a support system and conduit for victims/survivors; with hope of empowering victims. Moreover, the Victim Specialists Unit aims to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the District of Columbia by establishing relationships with the community and being a resource for victims and their families.

Tree of Remembrance 2022

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The MPD's Victim Services Branch is conducting a series of roundtable discussions focused on a variety of topics.


Contact Information

Victim Specialists Unit
Police Headquarters
300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3001
Washington, DC 20001
Fax: (202) 727-6491

Family Liaison Specialists Unit
Homicide Branch
101 M Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Main: (202) 645-6363
Fax: (202) 442-8010 or (202) 442-8021
Email: [email protected]

Name Telephone Email Address
Tyria Fields
(202) 724-4339 [email protected]
Carla J. Okonkwo
Supervisor, Family Liaison Specialists Unit
(202) 645-9629 [email protected]
Ludemar Carrion, MSW
Victim Specialist
(202) 715-7407 [email protected]
Marlene Castro
Bilingual Family Liaison Specialist
(202) 645-9631 [email protected]
Dawn Christie
Victim Specialist
(202) 698-0079 [email protected]
Sharon Daugherty
Community Outreach Coordinator
(202) 727-6181 [email protected]
Edward Mayo
Victim Specialist
(202) 698-0949 [email protected]
Ashley McHenry
Victim Specialist
(202) 724-2215 [email protected]
Megan Riley
Family Liaison Specialist
(202) 645-5537 [email protected]
Torie Stone
Victim Specialist
(202) 698-0078 [email protected]
Mark Timberlake
Family Liaison Specialist
  [email protected]
Beyshinah Woods
Victim Specialist
(202) 727-6006 [email protected]