One year after she was nominated, Beatrice (Bea) Hanson has withdrawn as the Obama administration’s choice to head the U.S. Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime. The White House did not explain the reasons for the withdrawal. Hanson had been chief program officer for Safe Horizon, a crime victim assistance organization in New York City, overseeing a staff of more than 600 professionals who provide services to more than 350,000 people annually. She is not listed as an executive of the organization on its current Web site.
Hanson had served as director of client services for the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. Joye Frost has been acting director of the agency since Bush administration director John W. Gillis left. The agency’s Web site says Frost began her career as a Child Protective Services caseworker in South Texas and has worked in the victim assistance, healthcare, and disability advocacy fields for more than 30 years.