Biography
Nicole Denson is a proud native Detroiter, social justice activist, and is currently the Associate Director of Advocacy Services for the WC SAFE Program. Nicole’s dedication, critical thinking, creativity, and community partnerships have helped build and strengthen WC SAFE’s Counseling and Advocacy Program. WC SAFE can proudly say it is the most successful and largest stand-alone sexual assault program in Michigan. WC SAFE provides those affected by sexual assault with immediate and ongoing comprehensive services, at no cost, that encourage survivor healing and empowerment, promotes public awareness and leads social change.
Nicole’s areas of expertise include providing crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy to survivors of trauma, human trafficking, and crime victims. Nicole has volunteered within the community in many capacities, yet is most proud of her work within the organization Alternative For Girls. Nicole provided resources throughout Detroit for individuals who participated in and or exiting commercial sex work. Nicole has 15 years of experience working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence with an extensive background working within the criminal justice system. Nicole has advocated in creating systems change and activism within Michigan State University’s campus, Oakland County Police Stations and Courts, Detroit Police Department, 36th District Court, Third Circuit Court, Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, and Frank Murphy Hall of Justice. Nicole is currently a member of the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force where she provides feedback on survivor centered practices, develops protocols, and participates directly in victim notifications for the over 11,000 un-tested rape kits. Nicole has facilitated support groups in rehabilitation facilities to survivors experiencing homelessness, recovering from substance abuse, and sexual assault.
Nicole is a graduate of Michigan State University School of Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at Capella University in Public Administration with a specialization in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Nicole is a 2017 graduate of The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Praxis Advocacy International Learning Center .Nicole was recently awarded Advocate of the Year in 2015 and 2016 by WC SAFE Program. Her passion includes advocating for the equality for the rights of trauma survivors, women, children, and the LGBTQ community. In 2017 Nicole spearheaded a lesbian, bisexual, and or nonconforming support group titled “Mask Off” that have experienced sexual assault which is one of the only groups of its kind in Metro Detroit area. Nicole is a 2017 graduate of Affirmations LEAD Institute for LGBT Leadership and Development sponsored by General Motors. Nicole is also a Board Member of Detroit Police Department LGBT Chief of Police Advisory Board which is breaking barriers between law enforcement, creating safety, and inclusion for members of the LGBT Community. Nicole believes that all people deserve equal rights, respect, dignity, and safety.