Congressional Victimsí Rights Caucus
Holds Annual Award Ceremony
VRC Co-Chairs Reps. Poe & Costa Honor Victim Advocates
WASHINGTON, DC ñ Today, Co-Chairs and Co-Founders Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) joined member of the bipartisan Congressional Victimsí Rights Caucus to honor this yearís outstanding individuals that have given their time and service to helping victims.
ìVictimís rights advocates are selfless individuals who dedicate their lives to giving victims of crime a voice,î said Poe. ìTodayís VRC recipients are some of the most effective and committed people in their field. Their work and advocacy has both impacted the lives of others around the nation and inspired meaningful change that should never be forgotten. They make America a better place.î
"Far too often the good, hard work of victimsí rights advocates goes unnoticed," said Costa. "Today we honored some of the most dedicated and innovative advocates in the field who guarantee that every survivor has a safe place to turn. These honorees know the true meaning of service and compassion."
The 2012 Victimís Rights Caucus Recipients:
The Allied Professional Award:
UC Merced Violence Prevention Program
The Violence Prevention Program was implemented in the spring of 2010 at the University of California, Merced, and the benefits to survivors of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence and stalking were immediately seen. Within the two year span of the program, there has been a 1,250% increase in survivors of these crimes reporting to law enforcement, which has been attributed to the close relationship between campus and community police officers and the Violence Prevention Program Campus Advocate. The Violence Prevention Program ensures that 100% of campus officers are trained annually on response to these crimes.
The Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award:
Children at Risk