Nikki Valila | Justice Resource Institute

Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

Nikki Valila

Nikki Valila, Training Coordinator at My Life My Choice has spent the past 12 years of her professional career working with commercially sexually exploited girls. She brings a wealth of experience having worked for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office in the Child Abuse Unit as the lead Victim Witness Advocate on the teen exploitation cases. In addition to her role at the DA’s office, Nikki was the Program Director of an 8 bed group home for sexually exploited adolescent females outside of Boston. Nikki served as a consultant on teen exploitation cases at Germaine Lawrence often assisting in the intake of new residents, assessing the Stage of Change a girl may be in and assisting in coordinating sexual exploitation services on campus. Serving as the Children & Teen Program Coordinator at a domestic violence agency permitted Nikki the opportunity to understand the impact of domestic violence on children and to assist parents in ending the cycle of violence. Nikki has been a trained facilitator of the My Life My Choice Prevention Curriculum for over 8 years and has mentored and trained hundreds of direct care staff/clinicians/DCF workers and law enforcement on strategies in working with sexually exploited girls. Nikki is a dynamic trainer and advocate and works tirelessly to educate providers on how to provide a trauma informed approach when working with sexually exploited youth.

Nikki Valila

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