Homicide Survivors, Inc. Receives 2011 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award
|FBI Phoenix December 12, 2011|
PHOENIX, AZ—Phoenix FBI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) James L. Turgal, Jr. announced today Homicide Survivors, Inc. is the 2011 recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. Each FBI field office selects one individual or organization each year to receive this prestigious award.
Since 1990, the Director’s Community Leadership Award has been a principle means for the FBI to publicly recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations who make extraordinary contributions to crime and violence prevention and education in their communities.
Homicide Survivors, Inc. is a non-profit victim assistance organization dedicated to meeting the crisis and long term needs of families of murder victims. Through support, assistance, and advocacy they help survivors cope emotionally, stabilize economically, and seek justice for their loved ones. Homicide Survivors is committed to ensuring that no one has to endure the murder of a loved one alone.
The organization has been a driving force in creating legislative changes in Arizona. They were also active in supporting passage of the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act, advancing victims’ rights and services nationally. Homicide Survivors, Inc. has served victims in Tucson and Southern Arizona since 1982. The program offers services at no charge to all survivors of homicide victims.
SAC James L. Turgal, Jr. said, “Homicide Survivors, Inc. epitomizes the spirit of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award through their support, advocacy, and assistance to families and friends in our community who have lost a love one to murder.”
Director and victim advocate Carol Gaxiola stated, “Homicide Survivors, Inc. is honored to receive the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. We are grateful to our donors, community business partners, volunteers, survivors, and supporters who empower us every day to fulfill our mission to ensure that no survivor of homicide has to go through this tragedy alone.”