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Media Advisory: U.S. Attorney Announces Winners of the Virtual Youth and Young Adult Poster Contest Commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C –U.S. Attorney Michael Easley announced the winners of a virtual poster contest held in conjunction with the Interagency Council and the Ship Outreach and Community Center. Students from the Poe Center for Health Education and Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School were invited to participate in the contest by developing a poster featuring butterflies in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Butterflies have long been used as a symbol of freedom and hope for victims. Twenty-four students participated in the virtual contest and winners were selected by staff at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“Crime takes a tremendous toll on innocent victims, often changing lives forever.  Our mission cannot just be to prosecute offenders – we also must do all we can to help victims in their journey to find peace,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley.  “The students who participated in this year’s poster contest are using art to cast a light of hope, lighting the path from being a victim to becoming a survivor.”

First Place - Tonaye Minggia - Photo of students artwork submitted for NCVRW
Second Place Malik Thompson - Photo of students artwork submitted for NCVRW
Third Place - Mia Mahoney - Photo of students artwork submitted for NCVRW

The poster winners include Tonaye Minggia, Malik Thompson, and Mia Mahoney.

For additional information about this year’s NCVRW and how to assist victims in your own community, please visit the United States Attorney’s Office website For more ideas on how to support victims of crime, visit OVC’s website at

Updated April 25, 2024