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Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced that Mary Ellen Johnson, Administrator of the Department of Justice's Crime Victims Assistance program, received The Margery Fry Award from the National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA) at its annual conference in Los Angeles.
"The award is presented to a practitioner who epitomizes the best in victim service delivery," Myers said. "Mary Ellen Johnson was selected from a list of nominees from all over the country who have worked tirelessly for crime victims. I am very proud that she received this recognition for her exemplary service."
Johnson retires this month after twelve years of service with the Department of Justice's Crime Victims Assistance program. "Oregonians owe her a debt of thanks for her advocacy and leadership on issues of importance to crime victims," Myers said.
NOVA's mission is as both a self-help organization for victims of crime and their families and an advocacy organization that develops and distributes educational and policymaking resources to crime victims programs and services throughout the country.
Also honored with Johnson at NOVA's awards ceremony were three other Oregonians who were recognized for their contributions to crime victims.
Bob and DeeDee Kouns of Lake Oswego received The Edith Surgan Award, which is presented to a victim or survivor who has served as an inspiration through self-help or activism in the victims' field. Parents of a murdered daughter, the Kouns are founders of Crime Victims United and have been active for many years on a variety of issues affecting crime victims.
Douglas Beloof received The Stephen Schafer Award, which is presented to an outstanding researcher on victim issues. Beloof is a law professor at Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College. He is currently serving on the Department of Justice's Victims of Crime Act Advisory Board that makes recommendations to the Attorney General for grants from federal funds distributed annually to Oregon and other states for programs and services that benefit crime victims.
"Oregonians should be very proud that four citizens of our state have won three of the highest NOVA awards in a single year." Myers said. "The decades of work underlying these awards represent a huge commitment to the interests of crime victims."
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