Advocates see clients and conduct sessions. In addition to face to face contact with clients, Advocates manage a 24 hours crisis cell phone during the fall and spring semesters, allowing victims to reach Advocates after hours.
The CARE Peer Advocacy Program is a highly competitive and selective program in which 5-6 undergrad and graduate students are selected to meet with clients and address their needs, under the supervision of the Lead Advocate.
Peer Advocates undergo an intensive 40-hour crisis intervention training in preparation for interacting with clients. The students must also participate in a concurrent two-semester course, taught by the Lead Advocate.
The Peer Advocates are also tasked with planning and implementing Take Back the Night (TBTN). The event creates community among University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff increasing knowledge of the dynamics surrounding sexual violence.
Fatima Taylor, MAT, LCSW-C
Assistant Director, Clinical Services
Fatima is a licensed clinical social worker working as the director for Campus Advocates Respond and Educate (CARE) to Stop Violence at the University of Maryland College Park. Fatima began as a grants manager in CARE and through her experience has doubled the office in staff, student programming and funding. She also worked to secure their first corporate sponsor, IKEA. Fatima is not new to the field of sexual and relationship violence; she started her work in this area during her undergraduate career at the University of Michigan. Fatima has worked in several agency roles and settings including the first Family Justice Center in Harford County working with victims-survivors in crisis and after seeking a protective order. Fatima is also a national trainer for the Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program created and spearheaded as a national effort by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence. Fatima has worked as an adjunct faculty member at several community colleges across the state in addition to presenting at several statewide trainings and conferences. Fatima holds a Master's degree in Teaching from the Johns Hopkins University and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Maryland.
Julia Strange, MSW
Assistant Director, Prevention
Julia manages CARE’s prevention programming, including education and outreach. She brings with her over 14 years of direct service, project management, policy, training, and outreach experience with issues of power-based violence. Julia has previously worked with the U.S. Navy Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program, Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), the Brookings Institution, The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Peace Corps, and Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc.
Christina Jay, LCPC
Christina Jay received her BS in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Towson University and her MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Baltimore. Her education and desire to help others led her to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with the state of Maryland. With her LCPC credentials, Christina has worked with various agencies with differing populations providing therapy. However, she always had a strong passion for helping those impacted by sexual and relationship violence. As Assistant Coordinator and Lead Advocate with CARE, Christina operates from a Trauma-Informed approach to ensure a safe space for survivors in which to process their feelings, resources and reporting options. In addition to assisting clients, Christina also supervises the Peer Advocacy Program. This program trains selected students on topics such as crisis intervention, sexual and relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment. After being trained, and under the supervision of Christina, the Peer Advocates conduct sessions with clients to assist with their various needs. Christina enjoys helping survivors on their journey of healing as well as sharing knowledge and training students on issues of gender-based violence. She hopes to continue to make a positive impact on the campus community.
Katie O’Mailey, MSW, LGSW
CARE Therapist and Advocate
Katie O’Mailey is a CARE Therapist as well as a CARE Advocate who specializes in the strengths-based treatment of trauma. Katie offers inclusive and holistic treatment approaches based in resourcing, reframing and depathologizing. Katie is experienced in crisis intervention and individual empowerment and is practiced in countless therapeutic modalities including trauma-informed therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Internal Family Systems (IFS) work, among countless others. Katie received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A in Sociology from the University of Maryland, and her M.S.W. from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, School of Social Work. Katie believes that you are the expert on your life, and it is her goal to help you skillfully access your own inner wisdom through creative coping strategies and empowering processing techniques while holding a safe space and pacing the work as appropriate for each individual.