Martha Herm-2013 Ed Stout Memorial Award

On Monday, Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) announced that Peoria victim rights advocate Martha Herm was selected as a 2013 recipient of the Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy. Herm serves as the executive director at The Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria, IL. As a member of the U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, Schock was able to nominate a constituent from the 18th District whose efforts have made a difference in the lives of crime victims and survivors, and those who serve them. Herm is one of two recipients to win this award nationwide and she is one of only six to be recognized nationally for an award by the Victims’ Rights Caucus this year.

“The U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus hosts an awards ceremony, which in the past has included award winners, their families, and representatives from national, state, and local victim assistance programs nationwide. This year the ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 18th in Washington, D.C.

The Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy honors the memory of Ed Stout, the Director of Aid for Victims of Crime of St. Louis, MO – one of the nation’s three oldest victim assistance organizations – who died in 2005 following a 30 plus year career inspiring victims and those who serve them. The honoree of this award is a professional or volunteer whose efforts directly benefit victims and survivors of crime. The award recognizes innovations in victim assistance and crime victim 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 victims of crime.

The U.S. Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus was founded in 2006. The mission of the Caucus is to elevate crime victim issues in Congress in a bipartisan manner without infringing on the rights of the accused, and to represent and advocate before the Administration and within Congress on behalf of crime victims. Since 2006, the Caucus has honored outstanding individuals, agencies and collaborative initiatives whose efforts directly benefit victims and survivors of crime, and promote individual and public safety.”

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