Rita Carr-Volpe joined the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office in 1996, after earning 19 years of prior judiciary experience with the Cumberland County Superior Courts. Given her prior knowledge , the transition to Director of Victim-Witness Advocacy in 2001 for the Cumberland County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy was ideal. Under the direction of the County Prosecutor, and pursuant to the Attorney General Standards to Ensure the Rights of Crime Victims together with the New Jersey Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights, she passionately supervises victim advocates and support staff in providing a wide variety of services and referrals to victims and witnesses of all types of indictable crimes originating in Cumberland County.
One of the pinnacle moments of her career was working with the victims and next of kin affected by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. She worked at the New Jersey Family Assistance Center located in Liberty State Park at the request of the State Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy. For a period of six months, she worked side by side other Victim-Witness Coordinators from New Jersey providing crisis counseling, referrals for services, personal advocacy and financial assistance. She often speaks of how that experience was life changing.
In October 2013, Rita was designated by Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae as her Executive Assistant. However, while assuming these additional responsibilities, Rita retained her title and duties as Director of Victim/Witness Advocacy. This promotion included the daily operations of the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office as well as supervising 28 members of support staff.
Rita was appointed by Governor Jon S. Corzine in 2009 as Chairperson on the Victims’ of Crime Compensation Review Board. Her Bachelor of Arts degree was earned in 2001 from Rowan University in Law and Justice. Soroptimist International of Cumberland County Inc. presented her with the 2013 “Ruby Award” which acknowledges women who, through their personal or professional activities, work to improve the lives of women and girls. She holds many certifications in victim assistance and crisis intervention in conjunction with memberships to various boards in Cumberland County.