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FBI Cincinnati Presents 2013 Director’s Community Leadership Award to Sarah L. Weiss

FBI Cincinnati December 09, 2013
  • Public Affairs Specialist Todd Lindgren (513) 979-8347

CINCINNATI—Kevin R. Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is pleased to announce that Ms. Sarah L. Weiss has been named as the recipient of the 2013 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award.

“Sarah Weiss is a leader in promoting civil rights in the community and has been a valuable partner with the FBI,” stated Special Agent in Charge Cornelius. “I am honored to recognize her with this award on behalf of the FBI.”

Sarah Weiss currently serves as the executive director of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education in Cincinnati. In this role, Ms. Weiss uses lessons from the Holocaust to engage the community, foster understanding, and challenge injustice. She is an advocate for ensuring the personal stories of Holocaust survivors are used to spur individuals into positive action and prevent future atrocities. Ms. Weiss also serves as the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. In this position, she leads collaborative efforts to promote security, develop relationships with a diverse group of Greater Cincinnati leaders, provide educational opportunities, and advance efforts to create a just community.

Ms. Weiss has worked closely with the FBI to facilitate understanding and education. She is an original member of the division’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Council, which was formed in 2008 to strengthen ties between the FBI; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio; and local ethnic, religious, and minority communities. The group meets regularly to learn about different cultures, raise awareness about potential concerns, and discuss ways to create safer communities.

The Director’s Community Leadership Award was established in 1990 to publicly recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations that have gone above and beyond the call to service by making extraordinary contributions to their communities in the areas of civil rights, terrorism, cyber, drug, gang, or violence prevention and education.

FBI Director James B. Comey is scheduled to formally recognize Ms. Weiss during a ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. next April.