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2012 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Charlotte Emily Fitchpatrick

Anchorage field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

The Charlotte Division is pleased to honor Emily Fitchpatrick, founder and executive director of the Hope House, as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

Founded in 2008, the Hope House is a national initiative dedicated to helping the child victims of domestic human trafficking. This faith-based program assists law enforcement and works nationwide to meet the needs of sexually exploited minors. The Hope House provides shelter and victim support services for children who are rescued and facilitates education and leadership training to help them move beyond their current situation. A second Hope House, designed for women ages 18-25, is in development.

In addition to the direct services Ms. Fitchpatrick offers for minor victims, she also established the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Working Group of North Carolina. Each month, Ms. Fitchpatrick hosts a conference call for law enforcement and others to learn about various aspects of child sex trafficking. Ms. Fitchpatrick is at the forefront of the effort to raise awareness of sex trafficking and speaks at approximately 200 events each year, which have included appearances before the U.S. Congress and North Carolina human trafficking coalitions.

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In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2012 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 2012 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
- 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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