Fresno’s Family Healing Center Receives FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award
FRESNO—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento Field Office congratulates Family Healing Center, a Fresno non-profit organization, for receiving the local 2020 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. The multidisciplinary team at Family Healing Center provides services to women and children who are survivors of sexual abuse or severe physical abuse, and witnesses of such abuse, aiding investigation of allegations and offering assessment, case management, and medical and therapeutic treatment for victims and their families.
“Family Healing Center is a wonderful asset for the Fresno region. The organization provides a safe, welcoming space and a multitude of resources for survivors and witnesses of abuse,” said Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI Sacramento Field Office. “We are grateful for the center’s continued partnership to ensure victims feel comfortable to share their experiences and receive the support they and their families need to begin to heal from the trauma they have experienced.”
The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, formally created in 1990, honors individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs and encouraging young people to make positive choices. Each of the 56 FBI field offices nominates an outstanding community leader to receive the award every year. Award recipients come from diverse backgrounds and focus on a variety of issues; however, they all have the same motivation—a desire to reach out to those in need and make their communities a safer place to live.
In addition to victim services, Family Healing Center offers child and adolescent forensic interviewing capabilities to the FBI, including professionals to assist with sexual assault exams, counseling, and community resource referrals. The FBI Sacramento Field Office, especially its resident agency office in Fresno, has a collaborative and mutually respectful relationship with the Family Healing Center and has conducted multiple forensic interviews at their facility.
The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award was presented by Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan to Family Healing Center at an informal ceremony on Friday, August 18, 2021.