Wendy C. Orellana is a Survivor Advocate in the Sexual Violence Response Office, joining the team in June of 2019. Wendy brings extensive knowledge and over nine years of experience working and supporting survivors who have experienced physical, financial, and emotional abuse, sexual assault and violence.
Wendy completed her B.A. in Women Studies at Queens College, City University of New York and her M.S.W. at Silberman School of Social work at Hunter College with a focus on Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups. After graduating with her B.A., Wendy worked as a Family Case Manager at a family shelter where she counseled and supported families with children who were homeless and facing issues such as mental illness, substance abuse, poverty, a history of trauma and or domestic violence. In addition, Wendy was trained and certified by the New York State Department of Health as a Rape Crisis Counselor for The Mount Sinai’s Sexual Assault and Intervention Program. As a Rape Crisis Counselor , she assisted survivors of sexual assault and violence in the Mount Sinai Hospital emergency rooms providing supportive and emotional counseling, crisis intervention and advocacy. While earning her M.S.W., Wendy had the opportunity to provide emotional and supportive counseling to survivors of human trafficking and to families of homicide victims.
Most recently, Wendy worked as the Special Victims Unit Victim Advocate / Community Coordinator for the New York City Law Department Office of the Corporation Counsel in the Brooklyn Family Court Division and as a Social Worker at the Victim Services Unit in the King’s County District Attorney’s Office. There she provided continuous crisis counseling, trauma-informed care, emotional support and advocacy to survivors and co-survivors of sex crimes including crimes against children, homicide, elder abuse, teen dating violence, human trafficking and intimate partner violence. She assisted survivors and co-survivors in understanding and navigating Family Court and/or Criminal Court and assisted in providing trainings to staff interns and teen students about teen dating violence and sexual assault.
Wendy is passionate about empowering and supporting survivors. She is a proud advocate for survivors of sexual assault and gender-based violence. Wendy is fluent in Spanish.
- B.A. in Women Studies, Queens College, City University of New York
- M.S.W. Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York
- New York State Department of Health Certified Rape Crisis Counselor, 2011
- School Violence Prevention and Intervention Certification, 2017
- New York City Department of Education Dignity for All Students Act Certification, 2017
- Mental Health First Aid USA, 2018