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Alejandra Rueda, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and Victim Witness Program Director
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Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and Victim Witness Program Director Alejandra “Alex” Rueda joined the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2005.  Ms. Rueda supervises the Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence Unit in the office and serves as a full-time member of the local Loudoun County Multi-disciplinary Team, the Child Advocacy Center Advisory Board, and the Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Initiative.  In May 2017, Ms. Rueda received an award from the Loudoun County Child Advocacy Center for her work on the Multi-disciplinary Team.  

As a bilingual attorney with native fluency in Spanish, Ms. Rueda often volunteers to assist in cases with Spanish speaking victims.  

Ms. Rueda is a graduate of Trinity University and Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Prior to beginning her tenure with the Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Ms. Rueda served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and as an Assistant Public Defender for the City of Alexandria. 


Lisa Cockerille, Victim Witness Case Manager
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Victim Witness Case Manager Lisa Cockerille began her career with Loudoun County in 1988.  In 1993, Ms. Cockerille was promoted to serve as one of three staff members assigned to the newly formed Loudoun County Victim Witness Program. Ms. Cockerille handles all types of cases, but her focus is assisting domestic violence victims by providing support and information throughout the criminal justice process. Ms. Cockerille is a member of the Loudoun County Domestic Abuse Response Team and collaborates with other D.A.R.T. partners encouraging the legal exchange of critical information leading to a uniform and consistent response to domestic and family violence in Loudoun County.  In addition to numerous Virginia Victim Assistance Network and victim advocacy trainings, Ms. Cockerille has completed trainings offered by the Tahirih Justice Center on protecting immigrant women and girls and T-Visa application training for victims of human trafficking.     

Elizabeth Cote, Victim Witness Case Manager
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Victim Witness Case Manager Elizabeth Cote began her career as a full time law enforcement officer in 1999.  In 2014, Ms. Cote joined the Loudoun County Victim Witness Program.  Ms. Cote holds a bachelor’s degree from Post University, a master’s degree in paralegal studies from The George Washington University, and is currently completing coursework for a bachelor’s of science in nursing.  As a bilingual case advocate, fluent in English and Spanish, Ms. Cote often volunteers to assist in cases with Spanish speaking victims.  Ms. Cote attends the Virginia Victim’s Assistance Network Crime Victims’ Issues Conference yearly, along with various other victim advocacy trainings offered throughout the Commonwealth.

Karen Bune, Victim Witness Case Manager
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Victim Witness Case Manager, Karen L. Bune, joined the Loudoun County Victim Witness Program in 2017.  Ms. Bune has an extensive career history in the criminal justice system and, specifically, victim services.  She is a nationally recognized speaker, consultant and trainer on victim issues. 

Ms. Bune testified before the Maryland General Assembly on victim related legislation and on repeal of the Spousal Privilege law.  She also hosted visiting foreign delegations to the U. S. and provided them knowledge concerning American policies and practices pertaining to crime victims.  She has appeared on television and radio discussing victim issues and has been interviewed for newspaper articles.

Ms. Bune holds a Master of Science degree in The Administration of Justice from American University, Washington, D. C.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with specializations in The Administration of Justice and Sociology, from American University as well.  She is Board Certified in Domestic Violence and Board Certified in Traumatic Stress.  She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. 

She has received numerous awards for her contributions to public service and victims of crime.  Among them, Ms. Bune received a Citation of Congratulations from the Maryland General Assembly for exemplary public service for domestic violence victims in Prince George’s County and for the cause of justice in Maryland.  She also received the Prince George’s County Police’s Chief’s Award.  Ms. Bune was inducted into the Wakefield High School Hall of Fame (Arlington, VA) and recognized for her career achievements.   

Ashley Baker, Victim Witness Case Manager
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Victim Witness Case Manager Ashley Baker began her career with Child Protective Services in Loudoun County in 2011 and joined the Loudoun County Victim Witness Program in 2017.  Ms. Baker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hood College and a Master’s degree in Human Sciences: Helping Relationships from Hood College.  Ms. Baker is a trained Forensic Interviewer in NCAC and ChildFirst protocols and a member of the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center Multi-Disciplinary Team.  Ms. Baker handles all types of cases, but her focus is in assisting child and adult victims of sexual assault and rape.  In June 2017, Ms. Baker received an award from the Loudoun County Child Advocacy Center for her work on the Multi-Disciplinary Team.


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