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National Crime Victim Law Institute

2016 Outstanding Achievement Awards Announced

June 07, 2016

  • Valenda Applegarth

2016 Outstanding Achievement Award Recipients

NCVLI’s annual Crime Victim Law Conference provides the opportunity to pause and acknowledge the amazing work of the heroes and heroines of the victims’ rights movement.  These are the people who help victims move toward survivorship and who inspire the rest of us to continue fighting for justice each day.  Please join NCVLI as we honor these amazing people.

Mariam El-menshawi, J.D.
2016 Legal Advocacy Award

NCVLI’s Legal Advocacy Award recognizes crime victims’ rights attorneys who have dedicated and committed their time to representing victims of crime in the criminal justice system.

Mariam El-menshawi is the Director and Principal Attorney at McGeorge School of Law, Victims of Crime Resource Center in Sacramento, California. Mariam received her JD/MBA degrees from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Mariam has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime understand their rights and assisting them in navigating and enforcing their rights in the criminal justice system. NCVLI is proud to present Mariam with the 2016 Legal Advocacy Award.  Click here to learn more.

Dr. Jerry Yager
2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award

NCVLI’s Victims’ Rights Partnership Award recognizes the collaborative efforts of individuals and/or organizations who have devoted their time to advancing crime victims’ rights.

Dr. Jerry Yager is a Clinical Psychologist, currently in private practice, with more than 30 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of traumatized children and adolescents. He specializes in working with children and adolescents who exhibit self-destructive behavior and have severe mental illness such as clinical depression, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic distress disorder and psychosis. NCVLI is proud to present Dr. Yager with the 2016 Victims’ Rights Partnership Award. Click here to learn more.

Valenda Applegarth, J.D.
2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award

Valenda is a Senior Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and founder of the nation’s first Relocation Counseling Project. Ms. Applegarth has represented victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking for more than 20 years. She has trained extensively on victim relocation, privacy, child custody jurisdiction and other related legal issues throughout the U.S. for the past 10 years. NCVLI is pleased to present Valenda with the 2016 Gail Burns-Smith Excellence in Victim Services Award.  Click here to learn more.