This past week I had the distinct honor of spending time with over 1500 dedicated professionals – victim advocates from all across the country and several international locations. This was the second year I was able to attend NOVA’s national symposium as we gathered last week in Jacksonville, Florida. These professionals work in some of the worst of circumstances, seeing victims immediately after they have suffered grievous injuries in the course of brutal assaults or who have just learned that their loved ones have died because of criminal acts. Despite the constant stress on them personally, they never lose sight of why they entered this difficult career field. Each one is dedicated to giving every victim they encounter the best support and care possible. Their passion for helping victims is reflected in the dedication of these victim advocates to be the voice for those who have been silenced forever, helping those survivors find their voice again, and working to keep others from becoming victims.
The dedication and professionalism of these truly wonderful people recharged my batteries and I will continue to work to find ways in which I can help victim advocates do their jobs just a little better or easier. I am honored to a part of NOVA and the passionate group of individuals who inspire me to always give my best in this very important work.