Six advocates for crime victims are getting awards today in Washington, D.C., from the Congressional Victim’s rights Caucus, chaired by Reps. Ted Poe (R-Tx.) and Jim Costa (D-Ca.). Jay and Linda Foley, founders of the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center, are receiving the Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award. The center works to raise awareness of identity theft through mailings, partnerships with local businesses, and social networking. They provide no-cost assistance to identity theft victims. Herman Milholland, director of crime victim services for the Texas Attorney General, is getting the Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advicacy. He has built state and local programs from the ground up that provide crime victims with compensation and restitution.
David Voth, Director of Crime Victim Services in Lima, Oh., since 1985, gets the Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy. He is a founding member of the Board of the National Victims' Constitutional Amendment Network, which seeks to promote victims' rights across the nation. In 2009, he published, Quality Victim Advocacy: A Field Guide, which aims to simplify program planning and evaluation for victim assistance groups. Christine Keels wins an Allied Profession Award. She designed the Victim Services Program for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency in Washington, D.C. Susan Russell wins the Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award. In 1992, she was kidnapped, raped, and left for dead in a remote wilderness area. She later became a prominent “voice for victims” at the local, state and national levels. Suzanne Brown-McBride wins the Lois Haight Award of Excellence and Innovation. She began her work on behalf of sexual assault victims in 1991 as a community education specialist and crisis line advocate. Since that time, she's demonstrated success as an administrator through her leadership of sexual assault and domestic violence service programs in California, Washington State and Oregon. She now is Deputy Director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.