Victim Justice Program Manager, Office for Victims of Crime
Stacy Phillips is a Victim Justice Program Specialist with the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) within the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Phillips works with the Special Emphasis and Human Trafficking Teams in the National Programs Division, where she assists the office in developing, implementing, and monitoring victimization-related efforts and programs. Ms. Phillips has more than 20 years of experience in the victim services field and is a children and youth expert within OVC focusing on trauma, polyvictimization, and brain science. She represents OVC on the DOJ Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Working Group and the Federal Inter-Agency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Phillips also addresses crime victims’ rights enforcement and legal wraparound networks, law enforcement-based direct services, post-conviction initiatives, and has spearheaded demonstration initiatives on polyvictimization, and reducing child fatalities and recurring serious child injuries. Before joining OVC, Ms. Phillips spent 15 years working in child welfare. As the Grant Coordinator and Planning Specialist, at the DC Child and Family Services Agency, she coauthored several successful federal grant applications on child abuse prevention, and started the DC Parent Advisory Council. Ms. Phillips also assisted in developing the Districtwide Children’s Justice Act Task Force, served on the District’s Human Trafficking Task Force, and worked on child and family protective services issues, including grants and program management, needs assessment, resource development, and policy development. Beforehand, Ms. Phillips served as a Child Protective Services Investigations Supervisor conducting adoption, foster care, and kinship licensing studies at the Travis County Domestic Relations Office and Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services; and she began her career as a Child Protective Services Investigator at the Department of Children and Families in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Ms. Phillips holds a Doctorate of Social Work from the University of Southern California with a focus on smart decarceration; an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University; and an M.S.W. from The the Catholic University of America. She is a sought-out speaker at many national conferences and has advised research teams in their development of nationwide toolkits.