On April 1, the Office of Justice Programs announced Jessica Hart as the new director for the Office for Victims of Crime. As the Director, Ms. Hart will oversee programs and services that help victims in the aftermath of crime and as they rebuild their lives.
Ms. Hart has over 10 years of diverse legal and public service experience, including positions within the federal government in the U.S. Department of Justice and in Congress. Prior to joining OVC, she served as the Intergovernmental and Public Liaison for the Department where she managed relationships with governors, state attorneys generals, elected officials, law enforcement, and key stakeholders. She also helped direct responses to congressional inquiries and prepare witnesses for testimony and briefings before the U.S. Congress. During that time, Ms. Hart supported crime victim-related legislation and public policy initiatives.