October 20, 2022

FBI Honors Advocate and Community Volunteer Who Works to Help Those in Need

NEWARK, NJ—Special Agent in Charge James Dennehy, today, presented Edie Peters Liguori, of Belleville, New Jersey, with the 2022 Director’s Community Leadership Award at the Newark Field Office. After retiring from 30 years with the New Jersey Department of Labor’s Division of Disability Determination Services, Ms. Peters Liguori immersed herself in volunteer opportunities. Recipients of her time and efforts have included: St. Lucy’s Church in Newark; the Nutley Belleville Columbus Day and Italian Heritage Committee; the Federation of Italian American Societies of New Jersey; and the FBI Newark Division’s Citizen Academy Alumni Association (FBI NKCAAA).

“Ms. Peters Liguori is truly an agent of positive change in our community,” said Special Agent in Charge Dennehy. “Her boundless energy and sheer determination to move mountains for those in need are inspirational and the Newark Division is fortunate to have her in our corner.”

Throughout her Presidency in the FBI NKCAAA, thousands of backpacks have been given to students in need; PPE was donated to front-line workers during the Covid pandemic; food and clothing was provided to homeless shelters, food pantries, and rescue missions; victims of human trafficking received much-needed assistance and personal items; victims of Hurricane Ida were given critical supplies from corporate sponsors and individuals; and abused, orphaned, and neglected children were provided toys and gifts for the holidays. Those humanitarian successes were due in large part to Ms. Peters Liguori’s organizational skills, advocacy, and commitment to support those in need,

As a result of Ms. Peters Liguori’s work, the FBINKCAAA received the Rising Star Award in 2019 at the National Leadership Conference, the 2020 Excellence in Operations Award, and the prestigious 2021 Excellence in Alumni Driven Outreach Award.