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Denetta Dunlap, the victim services specialist in the special victim's unit of the district attorney's office of the 7th Judicial District, has been recognized as Advocate of the Year by the Colorado District Attorney's Counsel.

The Colorado District Attorney's Counsel provides prosecution-related services to the district attorneys of Colorado. This includes acknowledging personnel who have exhibited excellence and dedication throughout the year. Dunlap was chosen as Advocate of the Year from a pool of over 100 candidates.

Dunlap has been employed with the district attorney's office in the 7th Judicial District for approximately two years. Her background and work experience in the justice system spans a 14-year period: 2001-2006 with the district office in the 21st Judicial District; 2008-2011 with the Moffat County Combined Courts office, and then from 2011-2014 with the district attorney's office in the 14th Judicial District.

As part of the special victim's unit of the district attorney's office, 7th Judicial District, Dunlap works with children and adults who are victims of sex crimes throughout the six counties in this judicial district. These victims are from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. The offenses involved in this type of crime are emotionally charged, disturbing, and include distressing circumstances that cause trauma in various forms to the victims/survivors of these crimes. Often this trauma extends into the family and support system of the survivors. Dunlap's diverse skills, natural compassion and frank manner help the survivors understand and navigate the judicial system and empower the survivors with confidence and courage to share their voices in an adversarial environment. Dunlap has been invaluable in providing a superior level of support and service to these survivors.

As district attorney, Dan Hotsenpiller is committed to providing survivor-centered prosecution in all crimes committed in the district, not the least of which include crimes involving sex offenses. The district attorney's office will continue to move forward to prosecute these and other crimes in a balanced and fair manner.

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