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Empower2015 National Crime Victims'
Service Awards Recipients

On April 21, 2015, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) hosted the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony to recognize individuals and organizations that demonstrate outstanding service in supporting victims and victim services. The award recipients are extraordinary individuals, organizations, teams, and programs that provide services to victims of crime.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Assistant Attorney General Karol V. Mason, and OVC Director Joye E. Frost honored these recipients:

  • Karen Irene Kalergis - National Crime Victim Service Award
  • Lisa Heth - National Crime Victim Service Award
  • The Honorable Paul M. Herbert - Award for Professional Innovation in Victim Services
  • Mary Kay Inc. - Allied Professional Award
  • Norman A. Gahn - Allied Professional Award
  • LaWanda Hawkins - Volunteer for Victims Award
  • Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D. - Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award
  • Laurel Wemhoff - Crime Victims’ Rights Award
  • Matthew Richard Smith and Dr. Marcus Andrew Smith - Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award
  • Suzanne Kay Breedlove - Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office-Middle District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Money Laundering Section; and U.S. Postal Inspection Service-Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award
  • Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson - Special Courage Award

“The Department of Justice is proud to recognize the tremendous contributions of dedicated colleagues, passionate advocates and extraordinary partners in the field of victim services,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “From safeguarding survivors of sexual violence to assisting victims of mass marketing fraud, the recipients of today’s awards have been instrumental in our nationwide effort to protect the most vulnerable among us, to prevent and combat crime, and to help victims find hope and seek justice.”
To learn more about the award recipients or to view photos from the 2015 Awards Ceremony, visit the OVC Gallery.
OVC was also pleased to share DVDs of the Through Our Eyes: Children, Violence, and Trauma video series at the event. This resource features a public awareness video, a call to action video, and six topic-specific videos.
Though NCVRW 2015 is at an end, we encourage you to continue to promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf throughout the year.

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