About ICF

Mary Vail Ware

Senior Director, Victim Services
Mary Vail is a victim services expert with more than 25 years of experience helping communities and individuals prevent, address, and respond to trauma.

Mary Vail is responsible for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC), the Improving Community Response to Mass Violence Project (ICP TTA), the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), and the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (VTRI). The OVC TTAC provides victim-centered, trauma-informed capacity building, training and technical assistance (TTA), human trafficking-specific TTA, and mass violence response and TTA for organizations and communities across the United States.

Previously, Mary Vail served as Director of Programs and Outreach for the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. She managed various initiatives, including Respect Richmond, Project Safe Neighborhoods, anti-gang training and prevention initiatives, and human trafficking initiatives. Mary Vail also served as the director of the Virginia Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund (CICF). The CICF assists victims of violent crimes with out of pocket expenses associated with the crime. The CICF is a multi-million-dollar special purpose fund financed by state and federal court fees.

Mary Vail responded to the September 11th attack on the Pentagon, the Virginia sniper attacks, the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, Sandy Hook, and other mass casualty crime incidents. She authored first in the nation legislation requiring all Virginia emergency plans to include methods to protect the rights of survivors. Mary Vail also served on the Governor of Virginia’s Commission on Sexual Violence and the Governor’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board. She led Quin Rivers Agency for Community Action, Inc., a multi-service non-profit that serves five rural counties in central Virginia.

"We know that individual and community-based trauma can lead to a host of issues such as adverse health outcomes or retaliatory crime. Providing timely trauma-informed, victim-centered assistance is critical to disrupting that negative spiral."
  • M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University
  • B.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University