Monday, November 1, 2010

from Megan O'Bryan, President and CEO

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center was surprised the other day by our local FBI Director, Frank Figliuzzi and several of his colleagues with the presentation of a national recognition: The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.

This award is presented for outstanding community service and enduring contributions to the advancement of justice.

Local FBI offices can nominate a partner organization each year for the award. We are so honored and excited that our local FBI nominated CRCC and that we were chosen!

The award will be presented to us by the FBI’s Director, Robert S. Mueller, III, at a ceremony at FBI headquarters in Washington DC on March 18th. I accepted this award, somewhat speechless, on behalf of the entire staff team at CRCC, recognizing we all work together to advance justice for sexual assault victims.
In his comments Mr. Figliuzzi stated that CRCC was nominated due to our partnership in advocacy work with the FBI. This relationship has been in development for many years and we now are called to work collaboratively with the FBI in providing services to human trafficking victims and sex crimes victims within FBI jurisdiction. Mr. Figliuzzi also stated that the work of the Special Commission (continued by CRCC) urged greater collaboration between CPD and the FBI. This has directly led to the assignment of two CPD detectives to the FBI’s Violent Fugitive Task Force.

CRCC is so pleased to be recognized for our work to foster greater collaboration and advocate for victims! Publicity around this will be done in March 2011, closer to the time we accept that award, but I wanted to let you know now! A picture from yesterday’s presentation is attached. Here’s a little info about the award from FBI’ s website:

Honoring Community Leaders

It's a fact: the FBI can only conduct investigations and protect the American people from crime and acts of extremism if it has the support and understanding of the American people. That's why the special agents in charge of each of our 56 field offices work so closely with their communities and community organizations.

So what happens when these special agents in charge get such tremendous support from people in their communities that they want to specially recognize them?

They nominate them for a Director's Community Leadership Award.

This special award, presented on behalf of the Director of the FBI, was formally created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America. We invite you to visit your local field office website for details on the program in your area, but we would like to capture here the names and organizations of the people who have most recently been recognized around the country for their service above and beyond the call of duty to help keep America and its kids safe.

The honorees come from all walks of life. They include a mayor and a pastor, an imam and an investigative reporter, a pediatrician and a former professional football player. Many have worked with us directly—to investigate and prevent crime and terrorism, to raise awareness about our mission, to build new and stronger relationships with all segments of society, or to publicize wanted fugitives and missing persons.

- 2009 Winners

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations CRCC! This is such an honorable recognition and you all should be very proud. Best Wishes for continued success in 2011 in all of your endeavors!