Nearly 50 people celebrated National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a lunch and awards ceremony in a conference room at the Community Action Partnership of Madera County on Friday.
The “Shining Star” awards honored six professionals nominated by Victim Services staff who have had a significant role fighting for victims’ rights, said organizer Milly Renteria.
“Not many of us stop to recognize that these (crime) situations happen and the impact that it makes on the victims and survivors,” she said. “But we want to honor the professionals that work to support them and advocate on their behalf.”
Madera County Supervisor Max Rodriguez presented the awards to deputy district attorneys Sally Moreno and Traci Wise; Madera Police Officer Hector Garibay; U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots coordinator for Eastern Madera County, Mike Parreira; Anna Galvan from the Madera County Superior Court self-help office, and Josie Roderick of the Madera County Sheriff’s Office...