"Meaningful partnerships are essential to serve the myriad needs of victims of violence. Spiritual concerns are often paramount. This project trains faith community representatives to process the full range of issues necessary for excellence in victim care.
Mitch Morrissey
Denver District Attorney

Steven R. Siegel
Director of Program Development
Denver District Attorney’s Office

Steve came to the came to the Denver District Attorney’s Office in September 1983, after seven and one-half years in the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Colorado. While in the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, he was Director of the Felony Adult Diversion Program and Family Violence Project. Steve also helped develop the Victim Compensation Program and wrote the concept paper for the Victim Witness Project in that office.
Steve serves as the administrator of the Denver Victim Assistance Law and Enforcement Board. The creation and/or supervision of cutting edge Criminal Justice Programs is an integral part of Steve’s work. These programs include the District Attorney’s Juvenile Diversion Program, Domestic Violence Fast Track Program and Community Prosecution Program. He supervises the Denver Victim Services 2000 Project, designated by the U.S. Department of Justice as the single urban site in the United States for a demonstration model of a victim services network. Of particular interest in this program is a Faith Based Curriculum for Graduates Schools of Theology on the impact of victimization. These Projects are currently funded to be replicated across the country. Over the course of his twenty nine year career he has been a catalyst for the development of interagency protocols that have been replicated nationwide on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, and Victimization of the Elderly and Disabled.

Steve served as one of the crisis team leaders in the response to the Columbine High School tragedy. His responsibilities included oversight of the crisis response, liaison between the jurisdiction and the United States Department of Justice, and consultant to the School Board and Administration. He has continued his support of the services to the Columbine community by serving on the executive Committee of the Mile High United Way/McCormick Tribune, “Healing Fund Foundation.”

Steve had the honor of supervising the Colorado Oklahoma Resource Council (CORC) which served the victims of the Oklahoma Federal Building bombing who were in Denver for the McVeigh/Nichols trials. Steve was an award recipient from President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno for this effort.

He is the current President of the Board of Trustees of the Colorado Children’s Chorale. He is the past chairperson and a life member of the Board of Directors of Allied Senior Housing. He Co-chaired the committee that led to the passage of the Colorado Constitutional Amendment for Crime Victims Rights. Steve is a past President, current Executive Board Member and served for ten years as the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Victims Constitutional Amendment Network. He was appointed by the Chief of the Supreme Court to Chair the Commission on the Treatment Standards for Domestic Violence and served on the Colorado Domestic Violence Offender Management Board.

Steve served on the US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime National Consortium Board. Steve is the past Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Victims of Crime. Steve is involved in the development of policies and programs that serve the citizens of Denver and Colorado ranging from the nurturing of our youngest children to the special care needed by our senior citizens. He serves as an advisor and consultant on policy development, boards of directors, fund raising, dispute resolution and inter-agency cooperation. Steve has served as adjunct faculty to the University of Colorado Graduate School of Public Affairs for the past five years.

Steve was a founding member and co-chair of the Denver Domestic Violence consortium and the Sexual Assault Interagency Council. He co-chaired the First National Symposium Non-Stranger Sex Assaults. He was one of the primary authors of the City’s Inter-agency protocols on Domestic Violence; Sexual assault, Child Sex Abuse, Victimization of the Elderly and victimization of the Disabled. Steve was a founding member of the Mile High United Way Family Violence Prevention Initiative (Find the Good.org). He also serves on The Colorado Department of Health Sex Assault Prevention Advisory Council. Steve is the on the Executive Board of the National Victims Constitutional Amendment Network.

Steve has served on numerous boards in the past. He was the President of the Colorado Health Sciences Center Addiction Research and Treatment Services Foundation from 1983-1996. He served on the Mile High United Way Funds Distributions committee, the Board of Directors of First Night Colorado, the Board of Kops ‘n Kids and the State Advisory Council on Child Abuse, the Mental Health Association Committee for Children, the Rocky Mountain Poison Center, Nurses of Colorado Advisory Council, the Colorado Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, and Colorado Contemporary Dance. Steve served for nine years as a Trustee of the St. Anne’s School in Denver.

After September 11, 2001 Steve served in an advisory capacity to the United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime for the development of programs to serve the victims in New York, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. Steve has been a consultant and trainer for the National Organization for Victim Assistance, National Center for Victims of Crime, National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards, and the National College of District Attorneys. He has spoken both nationally and internationally on the subject of family violence, criminal victimization, community intervention and non-profit development and management.

Steve has been the recipient of numerous honors. In April 2006 he was present the National Crime Victim Services Award by the Attorney General of the United States. Other awards include: 1988 Project Pave, Person of the Year; 1989 National Organization for Victim Assistance, Volunteer of the year; 1990 Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Outstanding Contribution to Victim Assistance Movement; 1990 Denver Police Department, special Contribution to the Department; 1996 Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, Community Service Award; 1997 Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Exemplary Leadership Award; 1997 Norman S. Early, Jr. Award, Outstanding contribution to Victim Services; 1997 Addiction Research and Treatment Services University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Special Services Award; 1997 Project Safeguard, Advocate of the Year; 1998 Special Presidential Award for Services, Oklahoma Bombing Victims, 2003 Mothers Against Drunk Driving Award of Excellence, 2003 Special Achievement Award Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

The foundation of Steve’s life is his family. Steve has been married for twenty nine years to Anna G. Siegel and has a daughter Erin who completed her Master’s of Education program and teaches high school English in the Washington DC area and a daughter Cassie, who is a freshman at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami.
His positive addictions include golf, cooking, music and travel. He still is not biologically attached to his pager or cell phone despite evidence to the contrary.