ALLIANCE AGAINST FAMILY VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT WINS NATIONAL CONGRESSIONAL AWARD
Press Release April 2009 Article
Contact: Diana Campbell Rice 661-322-0931
BAKERSFIELD, CA. – The Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault has received the Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy.
The Alliance was nominated for the national award by Congressman Jim Costa (CA). The Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus bestows the Ed Stout award to honor outstanding individuals, agencies and collaborative initiatives whose efforts directly benefit victims and survivors of crime, and promote individual and public safety. The award recognizes innovations in victim assistance and crime services in the areas of program development, public or agency policy development, community and public awareness, and collaboration among community and justice-based organizations that serve crime victims.
The Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus, founded in 2005 by Rep. Ted Poe (TX) and Rep. Jim Costa (CA) takes the lead in protecting programs that advocate victim rights. Their mission is to elevate crime victim issues in Congress in a bipartisan manner through legislation, advocacy and public education initiatives.
Alliance Against Family Violence & Sexual Assault Recognized on Victim's Right Cacus Webpage
Stated in the Victim's Right Caucus webpage, on Wednesday April 22, 2009 Latest News tab...
"WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressmen Ted Poe (R-TX) and Jim Costa (D-CA) joined members of the bipartisan Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus to honor this year’s outstanding individuals that have given countless hours of their time and service to helping victims of crime.
“Quiet heroes are those victim advocates that help people when crime is committed against them. These advocates go out of their way to help victims regain dignity and physical and mental strength,” said Poe. While there are hundreds of victim advocates, today we honor a select few who have risen in a time of need and stand strong.”
“All of these recipients are those who selflessly give time and compassion to others who have suffered from a violent crime or domestic violence,” said Costa. “Crime knows no boundary or demographic, and victims of crime can be our family, friends or neighbors. Our winners this year go above and beyond the call of duty in helping victims and survivors of crime through very traumatic time periods.”
The 2009 Victims’ Rights Caucus Recipients
(2) Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy – Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault. The Alliance represents everything that Mr. Stout worked so hard for during his work on behalf of crime victims and survivors. They are a nonprofit, grassroots organization that since 1979 has provided support and services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Kern County and the surrounding area. These services are free, and are bilingual, which serves Kern County’s diverse ethnic background. Their strong focus on assisting victims of violence against women in rural areas is remarkable. The Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault was nominated by Representative Jim Costa (CA-20)."
Congratulations to AAFVSA and thank you to all our supporters, because of your generous donations we are able to provide so much more to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victims of Kern County!