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2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Phoenix Homicide Survivors, Inc.

Phoenix field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

Carol Gaxiola accepts the award on behalf of Homicide Survivors, Inc.

The Phoenix Division is pleased to honor Homicide Survivors, Inc., a non-profit victim assistance organization. The group is dedicated to meeting the immediate and long-term needs of the families of murder victims in Tucson and southern Arizona. Through support, advocacy, and assistance, it helps survivors cope with the emotional, economic, and legal effects of homicide.

Since 1982, the organization has promoted crisis counseling, individual peer counseling, victim rights, literature, and court packets on victims’ rights. In addition, the organization has helped to pay for funeral expenses, crime scene cleaning, repairs of damage to property as a result of crime, emergency financial assistance, food, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance to help victims outside of the United States. Homicide Survivors, Inc., also educates and supports community members in an effort to increase awareness of victims’ rights.

Homicide Survivors, Inc., has been instrumental in helping lead legislative change in Arizona. As a result of its work, laws such as the Arizona Constitutional Amendment Victims’ Bill of Rights, State of Arizona Crime Victim Compensation and Assistance, Dangerous Crimes Against Children, Guilty Except Insane (Laura’s Law), and Victims’ Right Not to Receive Inmate Mail (Judy’s Law) have been passed. More recently, the group was active in supporting passage of the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which advanced victims’ rights and services nationwide.

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FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
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In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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