About Us

 

 

 

About Us

Victim Services Training EDU is committed to provide specialized training for victim services professionals by providing trauma-informed care training, prevention education, and the ability to receive national accreditation with our courses.

The goal is to provide the most innovative training that is research based, trauma informed care, and following national trends and up-to date policies and legislation in victims’ rights and services to ensure Advocates receive the upmost professional training that will allow them to provide quality direct service care to victims of crime.

We offer a variety of training opportunities for victim assistance professionals at all levels.  Our dynamic trainings include self-paced on-line tutorials, live webinars, in-person trainings, and podcasts in English & Spanish.

On this site you will find relevant hot topic free webinars, self-taught tutorials, fee based advanced course live webinars, newsletters, blogs, podcasts interviews and cohosted by industry professionals and resource library of links to relevant community information.

 

Our Work

 

Our program was designed by Advocates for Advocates. The courses and content are geared towards the professional training for Advocates, Crime Victim Liaisons, Victim Witness Specialists, Victim Assistance Coordinators, and other Victim Services Professionals.


Core Values 
& Beliefs



Our core values are to treat victim service professionals with the same compassion, respect, and professionalism that victims of crime expect from Advocates. Always putting their training needs as a priority.

We believe that the work done by Victim Service Professionals should be fully recognized as an essential service that provides the necessary trauma informed care so needed by victims of crime.

Meet:

Rosie Martinez, CA

 
Rosie Martinez, CA

“I honestly believe advocates should be recognized as professionals in their field and deserve to have specialized training, available 24/7.”

Rosie is the Executive Director for VSTraining EDU and has 20 years of experience in the victim services field. She is nationally accredited by the National Advocacy Credentialing Program and has a designation of Advanced Level as a Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist. (NACP#N240309541)

Specialty Training and Experience:

  • 20 years of continuous victim services experience in system based & community-based programs
  • Certification by Baylor University for “Motivational Interviewing” for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youths
  • Certification by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Victim Assistance
  • Certification by the Office of Victims of Crime in Victim Assistance
  • Certification by the Office of the Attorney General in Crime Victim Compensation- Advanced Track and Presumptive Eligibility PE#13-1204-RM
  • Certification by the Office of the Governor Child Sex Trafficking Team “Train the Trainer” for the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Screening Tool (CSE-IT)
  • Certification by Baylor University for “Motivational Interviewing” for Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youths
  • Certification by the Corporation for National Service as an Americorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America
  • Certification by the Hidalgo County Juvenile Court for the Juvenile Court Conference Committee
  • Certification by Women Together Foundation, Texas Council on Family Violence, and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid in Legal Advocacy

Memberships & Appointments

  • National Organization for Victim Assistance Executive Board of Directors- Treasurer- Former Secretary
  • Member of the HB 1590 Sexual Assault Survivors’ Taskforce of the Office of the Governor of Texas
  • Member of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Taskforce of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas
  • Member of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice VIS Revision Committee Member
  • Legislative Public Policy Committee Member of the Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Criminal Justice Advisory Committee Member for the LRGVDC Council of Government (Proxy for DA Rodriguez)
  • Executive Adviser for the Rio Grande Valley Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce
  • HB2620 Policy and Public Awareness Committee Member for the Health Human Services Commission State Taskforce
  • CO- Chair of the Hidalgo County Family Violence Task Force (3 Terms)
  • Former Chair & Co-Founder of the Rio Grande Valley Human Trafficking Coalition
  • Former Chair of Voces Unidas Caucus of the Texas Council on Family
  • Member of the Hidalgo Child Fatality Review Team
  • Member of the Citizen’s Review Team of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Member of the HB2398 Hidalgo County Truancy Committee
  • Member of the Hidalgo County Mental Health Coalition
  • Former Region F Coordinator for Texas Victim Services Association

Special Awards:

  • Recipient of the 2019 “Commitment & Leadership” Award by the Hidalgo County Family Violence Taskforce
  • Recipient of the 2019 “Star Fish Award” by Angels of Love Domestic Violence Program
  • Recipient of the 2018 Young Hearts Matter Advocate of The Year Award by the Texas Council on Family Violence
  • Recipient of a Texas Senate Proclamation # 95- in recognition of 17 years of victim services
    Recipient of the National NOVA 2017 Honored Victim Advocate in the category of “Pioneers in Advocacy”
  • Recipient of the 2017 “Commitment to Community” Award by the Nueva Luz Foundation
  • Recipient of the 2016 “Family Violence Ambassador” by the Hidalgo County Family Violence Taskforce
  • Recognized as the top 5 most influential women in Texas for work in Leadership to Empower Women in Domestic Violence Prevention by the Texas Council on Family Violence
  • National Credentialed Advocate of the Month by the National Advocacy Credential Program

Specialty Training Areas:

  • Martinez has trained thousands of professional individuals in special topics in violent crime. She has been a trainer at the Texas District & County Attorney’s Association Law Conference, St. Mary’s University, Sul Ross University, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Social Work Conference, National Organization for Victim Assistance National Conference, South Texas College Human Trafficking Conference, Texas Victim Services Association Advanced Academy for Victim Assistance and Annual Conference, Texas Council of Family Violence various state and local conferences and has taught at regional and local police academies.
  • She provides training to law enforcement officers, victim advocates, and crime victim liaisons, students, and the public on special topics in family violence, sexual assault, child abuse, working with survivors of homicide victims, crime victim’s compensation, protective orders, human trafficking, victims’ rights, enhancing response to victims of crime, safety planning for victims, victim advocacy, immigration relief for undocumented victims of crime, teen dating violence, and prevention.

Work Experience:

▪ 1999-2003                               Hidalgo County Juvenile Probation Department

▪ 2004-2009                               Mujeres Unidas/ Women Together

▪ 2009                                         Council of Government:  Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council

▪ 2010-2012                               Mujeres Unidas/Women Together

▪ 2012-2014                               Victims of Crime Program (6 counties)

▪ 2015-2020                               Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office- Victims Unit

▪ 2021-Current                           VSTrainingEDU a division of Online Web Services US