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!

System-Based Advocacy

NOVA 2017 Exceptional Victim Advocate Award

Catalene Theriot

Victim Witness
16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
New Iberia, Louisiana 

What Does Victim Advocacy Mean to You?

“Victim Advocacy is very important to me; it is my passion. I believe it does not matter what the crime was, each victim is important and should be treated with respect and dignity at all times. Always be there to support your victims and keep them well informed.”

NOVA 2017 Honored Victim Advocates

Kiley Hilyer

Lead Advocate
The Child Advocacy Center of Northern New York
Watertown, New York

Taunya Mendenhall

Victim Advocate
Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office
Nicholasville, Kentucky

“Kiley has taken our advocacy program to the next level by providing quality services to children and families who have come into the CAC for interviews, medical exams, therapy or other services. She works as an active member of our multidisciplinary team and supports both team members and families. Kiley is engaged in all of the cases and will speak up on behalf of her clients time and time again. She does not back down when a barrier is placed in her path.” “Mrs. Mendenhall has proudly and selflessly served Jessamine County Kentucky for over 20 years. She started the Victims Advocacy program in Jessamine County and has proudly served as the only Victims Advocate in the county since. She has served thousands.”

Karen Rumsey

Victims Practitioner
Cincinnati Police Department Victims Assistance Liaison Unit
Cincinnati, Ohio

Tami Sanchez

Victim Advocate
Pima County Attorney’s Office
Tucson, Arizona

“Karen was recognized by the Rotary Club in Cincinnati for superior achievement in 2016 and was also recognized for exemplary achievement in the community by Cincinnati Christian University in 2016. Karen works directly with the surviving family members of homicide to provide crisis intervention, group and individual counseling, as well as court accompaniment. Karen has also helped develop our newest program CCROW (Cincinnati Citizens Respect Our Witnesses) which helps support and assist witnesses willing to come forward to testify against perpetrators of violence. Overall, Karen is a hard-working and selfless advocate who puts her heart and soul into her work. “ “Tami Sanchez embodies what it means to be a dedicated, passionate, hard-working, caring, and compassionate victim advocate.  Tami works with a population that even the most experienced advocates find challenging, but she always goes above and beyond the call of duty because of her deep and abiding commitment to helping and improving the lives of those who have experienced profound trauma at the hands of those they loved and trusted. “


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