National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Advocacy Awards:

NOVA is honored to award the following winner and honorees for their outstanding efforts, leadership and dedication to assisting and empowering victims and survivors of crime. Throughout the week, NOVA will recognize advocates in the areas of Pioneers in Advocacy, Community-Based Advocacy, System-Based Advocacy, Campus Advocacy and Military Advocacy. Please check our website throughout the week as we celebrate their dedication to crime victims!

Military Advocacy

NOVA 2017 Exceptional Victim Advocate Award

SFC Kizzie Brown-Horne

SARC Lead
Combat Sustainment Brigade
Bagram, Afghanistan 

What Does Victim Advocacy Mean to You?

In the midst of a storm, I will stand with you

In the time of confusion, I will provide clarity

Understanding My Mission and Purpose allows me to provide what is needed during a period of sorrow.
It is my Duty and an Honor to Empower Survivors.

Purposely driven, SFC Kizzie Brown-Horne

“SFC Brown-Horne is passionate and committed to the SHARP mission, successfully demonstrated expertise in Victim Advocacy, worked selflessly to ensure victims received consistent, compassionate care, and always available to assist victims at any given time.  She is currently deployed to Afghanistan and her deployment did not change her mind about caring for others.  She goes the distance to continue to support communities and units in many other ways.”

 

NOVA 2017 Honored Victim Advocates

SFC Juan Cotto

SARC Lead
Army Central Command – Forward Kuwait
Camp Arifjan, Kuwait

PO1 Jessica Alcantar

Victim Advocate
United States European Command
Stuttgart, Germany

“SFC Cotto demonstrated commitment to educating community members and sustaining a workplace free from sexual harassment and sexual assault, respected differences in the SHARP processes and procedures of other Services in the community, challenged status quo and policies that didn’t make sense, and is always available to provide assistance to victims of sexual assault and harassment. He dedicated his time to work diligently with social service agencies to improve advocacy for all victims of sexual assault.  As a one person office, he met with occasional resistance from leaders and agencies unwilling to help because he chose the right over the easy wrong – the unethical decision making process.” “PO1 Alcantar is very passionate and committed to the SAPR/SHARP mission, successfully demonstrates expertise in Victim Advocacy, works tirelessly and selflessly to ensure victims received consistent, compassionate and quality care, and always available to assist victims at any given time.  She always exceeds standards of performance in order to continue to support her Command Personnel and adult family members and volunteers to assist the installation SARC with many of his duties related to training events and Sexual Assault Awareness Prevention Month (SAAAPM) events…Her dedication to prevention and bystander intervention training resulted in the Command’s workforce be more aware and on occasions people intervening when observing inappropriate and sexist behaviors in the workplace and off work.

Sharon Adams

SARC/VA
Marine Forces Europe/Africa
Stuttgart, Germany

KatyAnn Coulter

Lead Victim Advocate
480 ISRG United States Air Force
Augusta, Georgia

“Sharon Adams is very passionate and committed to the SAPR/SHARP mission, successfully demonstrates and unselfishly shares her expertise in Victim Advocacy and response with all the community VAs and installation SARC.  Sharon is not shy when it comes to point out the obvious and the regulation that covers the SHARP and SAPR programs to ensure all leaders use the ethical decision making process to care for victims of sexual assault and harassment.  Sharon is a tremendous team player, the best I have worked with.  Supporting victims of sexual assault and harassment with all aspects of victim advocacy is a tremendous strength of Sharon. She works tirelessly and selflessly to ensure victims receive consistent, compassionate and quality care, and she is always available to assist victims at any given time even during her travels to the continents of Africa and Europe.” “Ms. Coulter acquired $10K for 120 hours of training, certifying 16 new Air Force VVAs, increasing the VVA cadre by 31%…Ms. Coulter consistently promotes and improves the Fort Gordon AF SAPR program by actively participating in the National Security Agency (NSA) Diversity and Inclusion team.  She has delivered 15 NSA and AF SAPR introduction briefings to over 800 joint service members and Department of Defense civilians in-processing Fort Gordon. Ms. Coulter served as the base wide Green Dot Coordinator, procuring $15K in supplies and managing 400 hours of Green Dot training for 2,000 Airmen. Ms. Coulter’s instruction of over 25 Green Dot training sessions was integral to the 480 ISRG’s training deadline compliance.     Ms. Coulter is invaluable to the Airmen on Fort Gordon and embodies attributes and dedication for all VVAs to emulate.”

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