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NCAC at the Office for Victims of Crime National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony


April 23, 2015

On April 21, 2015, Chris Newlin, NCAC Executive Director, attended the Office for Victims of Crime’s National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony,  as an invited guest of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Twelve individuals and groups were recognized for their outstanding work to advance the rights of, and provide services to crime victims. The event was hosted by OVC Director Joye Frost, Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, and Attorney General Eric Holder, who provided his last official speech as Attorney General and shared this was the most fitting setting for his last speech.

All of the awardees have done amazing work, and of particular relation to the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) world is the National Crime Victim Service Award given to Lisa Heth, Executive Director for Wiconi Wawokiya on the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation, who operates a variety of programs, including a CAC. In a video tribute to Lisa, the National Children’s Alliance logo was prominently displayed, bringing increased recognition to the work done by CACs. Additionally, in an introductory video, the New Orleans CAC was briefly highlighted when talking about Victims’ Rights.

Also of note, brothers Marcus and Matthew Smith from Arkansas were recognized with the Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award for their dramatic efforts to amend the statute of limitations for sexual offenses in Arkansas, as a result of their abuse by their baseball coach during childhood. Both brothers are incredibly supportive of the CAC movement, and Danita Abernathy, Texarkana CAC Executive Director, was in attendance in support of the brothers and was also highlighted in their tribute video.

All of you are deserving of similar recognition, but today we pay specific tribute to these inspirational individuals.

Thank you for all you do to help protect children!

As Seen In National Children’s Advocacy Center Newsletter.

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