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Susan Smith Howley Receives Congressional Award

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April 8, 2011


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National Center for Victims of Crime Public Policy Director Honored by Congress


Washington, DC:
Susan Smith Howley, public policy director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, received the Lois Haight Award for Excellence and Innovation from the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus at a Capitol Hill ceremony on April 6. The award, one of six presented by the Caucus, honors "outstanding individuals who have given of their time and service to help victims of crime."

For more than 20 years, Susan Smith Howley has worked to develop and implement changes in national, state, and local public policies that affect crime victims. As the National Center for Victims of Crime's director of public policy since 1999, she has become a nationally recognized authority on victim-related legislation, advising advocates on such issues as promoting compliance with victims' rights laws and supporting funding for victim services. She also spearheaded the National Center's work on VictimLaw.info, a publicly available online database of crime victims' rights laws. Ms. Howley has testified before Congress and state legislatures and helped draft and implement key federal legislation. She has also served on the Victims Advisory Group to the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.

"We are so proud that the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus has honored Susan's vision and leadership," said Mai Fernandez, executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. "Her commitment, knowledge, insight, and teamwork have advanced our nation's response to victims of crime."

The Lois Haight Award is named for Lois Haight, chair of the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime, commissioned by President Ronald Reagan. The task force's report, issued in December 1982, launched four decades of progress for victims of crime. The Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus is co-chaired by Jim Costa (D-CA) and Ted Poe (R-TX).

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The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation's struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives. For more information, visit www.ncvc.org.