Selfless, compassionate, relentless.
All words to describe those being honored today by the United State Attorney’s Office, as part of National Crime Victims’ Right’s Week.
US Attorney Chris Meyers, recognized victims’ advocates that would normally go unnoticed.
Those who work behind the scenes, fighting for victims rights, protecting victims, and those who go above and beyond to make a victims feel comfortable and safe.
Meyers says the people honored today, have made a difference in this state and a difference in victims’ lives.
And, they don’t know the meaning of “It’s not my job”.
Awards were given in 7 difference categories.
Assistant United States Attorney Victim Assistance Award – Jonathan O’Konek,
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bismarck.
Support Staff Victim Assistance Award – Vicki Thompson, Legal Assistant,
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Fargo.
Victim-Witness Advocate Assistance Award – Amy Jacobson, Human Trafficking
Navigator, Youthworks, Bismarck.
Special Agent Victim Assistance Award – Frank Gasper, Special Agent, Federal
Bureau of Investigation, Bismarck.
State Law Enforcement Victim Assistance Award – Lt. Calise Linstrom, McHenry
County Sheriff’s Office, Towner & Det. Dale Ackland, Jamestown Police Department,
Crime Victim Service Legacy Assistance Award – Paula Bosh, Victim Specialist,
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minot.
Special Courage Victim Assistance Award – Nikki Anderson, Thriver, Trained
Therapeutic Arts Facilitator, Founder of Art of Hope and Healing, Plains Art Museum,
United States Attorney Myers stated, “It is an honor to recognize these
professionals who tirelessly work every day, and often into the evening, to ensure victims
are safe and have a voice in the criminal justice system. These award winners are truly
passionate about helping people and the recognition for their efforts is long overdue.”