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2012 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Milwaukee Mariana Rodriguez

Anchorage field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

The Milwaukee Division is pleased to honor Mariana Rodriguez, an advocate for women and girls, as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

Ms. Rodriguez is the program manager of the United Migrant Opportunity Services’ Latina Resource Center, which is the only center in Wisconsin that provides comprehensive, holistic, linguistic, and culturally specific resources for Hispanic victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, Ms. Rodriguez collaborates with Milwaukee law enforcement to ensure that Spanish-speaking victims are able to access resources and services that are critical to their safety and well-being.

As a member of a national committee with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ms. Rodriguez worked to create a program that studies the prevalence of sexual assault in underserved communities. She has also developed an educational video on domestic violence and immigrant women.

Since 2004, Ms. Rodriguez has organized the Brides Walk Against Domestic Violence—an annual community event that raises awareness of domestic violence in the Latino community. During the Brides Walk, women wear wedding dresses as a reminder that love can turn into violence. In 2012, more than 300 community members participated in the seventh annual Brides Walk.

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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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