Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday, April 24 the winners of the 2009 National Crime Victim Service Award. This award honors extraordinatory efforts in direct service to crime victims. BARCC is proud to be one of the 10 recipients of this year’s award.
“We all owe a debt to these honorees and to the countless other advocates across the country who tirelessly work to protect victims’ rights,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
BARCC was recognized for establishing itself as a model program for other rape crisis centers across the country, many of which have incorporated BARCC’s programs, partnerships and trainings into their programs.
The recipients of the awards were nominated by their colleagues in the victim service and criminal justice fields.
These annual awards are presented as a prelude to the nation’s observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 26-May 2, 2009. This year’s theme-“25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act”-highlights the important role this law has played in serving victims. The Victims of Crime Act was passed in 1984 and one of the innovative aspects of this landmark legislation was the Crime Victims Fund. Fines and penalties from federal criminals, not tax dollars, are paid into the fund to support victim assistance and compensation programs. Since 1984, more than $6.9 billion from the Crime Victims Fund has been distributed. The fund is administered by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) through its Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). BARCC is a recipient of these funds through the Massachussets Office for Vicitm Assistance and they help support our free services to survivors and their families.
Watch a 1 minute video about BARCC prepared by the Department of Justice when they awarded BARCC the National Crime Victim Service Award.