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St. Louis

2012 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

St. Louis
Kimberly Ritter

Anchorage field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

The St. Louis Division is pleased to honor Kimberly Ritter, an advocate for victims of sex trafficking, as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community Leadership Award.

Ms. Ritter became aware of child sex trafficking while working as a senior account manager for Nix Conference and Meeting Management, based in St. Louis. In 2008, Ms. Ritter was planning a conference for the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of Joseph when the group said it would only book a hotel with an anti-human trafficking policy. Ms. Ritter and her employer have since used their access to hotel general managers to raise awareness about sex trafficking and to encourage hotels to sign a code of conduct. By signing the code, hotels commit to training their staff to identify and report possible trafficking in their facilities and to annually report incidents to ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), a human rights organization. As a result, in 2011, Millennium Hotel became the first hotel in St. Louis to sign the code.

In 2012, Nix Conference and Meeting Management initiated and signed the first meeting planners code of conduct. The company hopes to encourage the meeting planning industry nationwide to address the issue at every hotel where they do business. Ms. Ritter also became vice president of the board for the Healing Action Network. The nonprofit was founded by a survivor of sex trafficking and provides outreach to victims.

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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 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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