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Our Staff provides a welcoming and supportive space for family members of murder victims to be heard, to connect with other murder victim family members who oppose the death penalty, and to more effectively raise their voices to advocate for victim family member needs – needs shared by victims/survivors regardless of their views on capital punishment. Our Staff includes victims/survivors of violence and persons with extensive training and experience in working with persons who have experienced sudden, traumatic loss.

Horace Knight Jr., Delaware Coordinator
New Castle, Delaware

Horace Knight, Jr. joined MVFR in November 2012 as the Delaware Coordinator. Horace, a native of Burlington, New Jersey, brings an array of personal and professional skills that enable him to provide members with support while advocating for the needs of family members following murder. Recently he served as the Marketing Director on a political campaign where he was able to create many relationships that enhance his work in Delaware. He has worked in the Human Services field for more than 10 years compiling experience that includes working as a Behavioral Assistant/Consultant, a Case Manager working with high school students who self- identified as teenage parents and most recently, a case manager for the state of Delaware working with Developmentally Disabled Individuals. Horace received his B.S. in Business (Marketing) from the Richard Stockton College of NJ. Horace studies photography and champions social media technology for personal enrichment.

Jason Ortiz, Campaign Strategist
Raleigh, North Carolina

Jason Ortiz is MVFR's Campaign Strategist and works to help our members organize their efforts and ensure their voices are heard in the movement to abolish the death penalty. He assists local members in creating action plans, holding strategic conference calls and coordinating their efforts with local coalitions. He also maintains our website and database and strives to help local members use modern digital tools to their best ability. Jason got his Bachelors degree in Public and Community Engagement from the University of Connecticut. He has worked on a number of progressive campaigns, both issue based and electoral, with victories electing Strong Progressive to the School Board of Durham North Carolina, and changing drug policy law in CT.

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Teresa Avent, Administrative Assistant
Raleigh, North Carolina

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