Victims’ Counsel fights for justice at Wright-Patt

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  • By Darrius Parker
  • 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Victims’ Counsel is a Staff Judge Advocate Office program that focuses on representing victims, including those who need help and don’t feel safe.

All active-duty, Reserve or Air National Guard members, Air Force Academy cadets, basic military trainees and dependents who are victims of sexual assault, harassment and misconduct; stalking, domestic violence and other offenses have been eligible for VC representation in the Air Force since the program’s inception in 2013. It’s also available to anyone in the restricted or unrestricted reporting chain.

There are over 100 dedicated Airmen around the globe ready to provide justice for victims.

At Wright-Patterson, Capt. Daniella D’Souza and Senior Airman Jason Dean serve as VC attorney and paralegal, respectively. In the roles, they are bound by the strictest rules of confidentiality and cannot share information a client provides without his or her permission.

D’Souza and Dean are solely focused on three roles while serving clients:

  • Advocate: provide victims zealous advocacy by protecting their rights
  • Advise: deliver legal advice by developing a victim’s understanding of the often-complex investigatory and military justice system
  • Empower: remove barriers to their full participation in the military justice process

“Our doors are open, and our building is filled with people that are more than willing to help you,” D’Souza said. “At the very least, you don’t have to interact with anyone if you don’t want to. You can simply go online to see the different resources available to you and come back to us when you have more questions.”

Added Dean: “Unfortunately, there will continue to be sexual-assault and domestic-violence victims, and it’s important that they know there are counsels ready to assist them through the process. The Air Force has this program for a reason, and we want you to know that we will fight for you and that you aren’t alone.”

Officials said VC is a service every Airman should know of and have the right to utilize.

If you feel you have been victimized, contact the Victims’ Counsel office at 937-522-3333. For more VC information, useful numbers and resources, visit