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Congressional Victims Rights Caucus Holds Annual Award Ceremony
VRC Co-Chairs Reps. Poe & Costa Honor Victim Advocates

WASHINGTON, DC Co-Chairs Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) and Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) will join members of the bipartisan Congressional Victims Rights Caucus to honor this years outstanding individuals that have given of their time and service to helping victims.  

WHEN:          Wednesday, April 14, 2010
                        5:00 7:00pm EST

WHERE:       Capitol Visitors Center
                        North Congressional Meeting Room
                        Washington, DC

The 2010 Victims Rights Caucus Recipients:

(1)   Suzanne McDaniel Public Awareness Award Jay and Linda Foley are founders of the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) in San Diego, California.  When the ITRC began, identity theft was a crime where victims had no legal standing.  It is now recognized through countless federal and state laws, and ITRC has made its name in developing victim assistance strategies that have made a profound difference in the lives of folks who fall prey to identity theft.  The ITRC works actively to raise awareness of identity theft through mailings, partnerships with local businesses, and social networking.  They additionally provide no-cost assistance to victims of identity theft, which has helped many people avoid financial ruin.  Jay and Linda Foley and the Identity Theft Resource Center were nominated by Representative Susan Davis (CA-53) and Representative Brian Bilbray (CA-50).

(2)    Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy Herman Milholland currently serves as the Director/Chief of the Crime Victim Services Division in the Office of the Texas Attorney General.  He has dedicated his life to serving victims at the local, state and national levels.  Herman has built state and local programs from the ground up that provide crime victims with compensation and restitution.  He has ensured that victims in court proceedings are treated with respect and afforded their rights under the law.  Importantly, Herman has also provided national leadership that focuses on a strong and positive future for crime victim assistance in America.  Whether his efforts are focused on an individual victim in need of help or a national initiative to ensure the future of the victim assistance field, he is dedicated and committed to advocating for victims, their rights and needs and the services they deserve.  Herman Milholland was nominated by Representative Ted Poe (TX-2).

(3)   Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy David Voth has served as the Director of Crime Victim Services in Lima, Ohio, since 1985.  He is recognized as an outstanding advocate for victims of crime, and also for his unique expertise in the justice technology that enhances victim services.  David 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.  The book has become a must read for victim advocates everywhere.  David Voth was nominated by Representative Jim Jordan (OH-4)

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