This is archived material from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) website. It may contain outdated information and links may no longer function.


2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Phoenix Maraion Douglas

Director Comey and Maraion Douglas

High-resolution image

The Phoenix Division honors Maraion Douglas, founder and chief executive officer of MOMA’s House, a non-profit organization established to help victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking.

Ms. Douglas opened MOMA’s House in 2009 to provide victims with a safe environment and access to resources such as education, career training, counseling, and religious and spiritual services. By forming partnerships with other community groups and services, Ms. Douglas is able to provide mentoring and employment opportunities to women who, in many cases, do not have financial or emotional support. Through her relationships with local and federal law enforcement agencies, Ms. Douglas is able to support law enforcement efforts by helping investigators understand the unique issues connected with human trafficking. In return, the FBI has beds reserved at MOMA’s House for when a human trafficking victim is rescued and needs somewhere to stay while being offered counseling and other services.

In addition to running the shelter, Ms. Douglas regularly holds events in conjunction with local churches. One event, the Free to Laugh comedy fundraiser, raised more than $15,000 for MOMA’s House. Ms. Douglas has been recognized by John Shimer’s Angels Among Us Project and has been featured on local news stations sharing the shelter’s motto: “When one door closes, another opens.”


FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
Director’s Community Leadership Awards

In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 4, 2014, Director James B. Comey recognized the recipients of the 2013 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.

“This year’s honorees have distinguished themselves in remarkable ways through their hard work, their leadership, and their strength of character,” said Director Comey. “They are ordinary citizens, but what they have accomplished is nothing short of extraordinary.”

Recipients of the 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award are:

- 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
Office of Public Affairs 

Read related story on 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Awards ceremony