Profile in Pride: Victim/Witness Coordinator Corey Fedorowich
As a Victim/Witness Coordinator for the Charging Unit of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO), Corey Fedorowich makes the initial outreach to victims to make sure they are supported and involved in case proceedings such as early bail review and status hearings. Corey assesses the safety of victims and witnesses, refers them to appropriate resources and agencies for additional support, outlines the court process, and updates them on defendant custody status. When victims or witnesses are not available to attend court proceedings, Corey’s work enables Assistant District Attorneys (ADAs) to convey their wishes or safety concerns to the court.
“The best part of being a Coordinator is making sure that a victim’s voice is heard while treating them with respect and compassion,” says Corey, who has just marked his one-year anniversary of serving the Commonwealth at the DAO.
Corey has always been an active and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. As a student attending Drexel University, he was the 2014 events coordinator for FUSE, the undergraduate sexual equality group. He also coordinated notable programs such as a panel featuring local transgender professionals to discuss their experiences in the professional work force and an interactive discussion with Rep. Brian Sims, the first openly gay lawmaker elected to the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Corey also planned and hosted several student drag shows at Drexel featuring local talent and performers from “Rupaul’s Drag Race.”
At the DAO, Corey assists fellow Victim/Witness Coordinators with identifying cases involving LGBTQ+ participants and making sure they are appropriately supported. In the future, he hopes to continue working for city government to encourage positive policy change while supporting the LGBTQ+, Black, and Latinx communities.