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U.S. Attorney’s Office Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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

FARGO – U.S. Attorney Drew H. Wrigley announced that on November 10, 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of North Dakota recognized individuals throughout the state who provide outstanding services to victims. Victim assistance awards were presented to the following individuals:

Assistant United States Attorney Victim Assistance Award – James Patrick Thomas, Assistant U.S Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Bismarck.

Support Staff Victim Assistance Award – Fallon Clouse, Supervisory Probation Officer, U.S. Probation, Minot.

Victim-Witness Advocate Assistance Award – Gene Hughes, Victim Specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Aberdeen, SD.

Special Agent Victim Assistance Award – Bruce Bennett, Special Agent (Retired), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minot.

State Law Enforcement Victim Assistance Award – Sue Schwab, Detective, Devils Lake Police Department, Devils Lake.

Crime Victim Service Legacy Assistance Award – Joan Halvorson, Victim Specialist, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fargo.

Special Courage Victim Assistance Award – Denise Stevenson, Survivor.

The U. S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This year’s observance in North Dakota was postponed from April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Seek Justice | Ensure Victims’ Rights | Inspire Hope, recognizes the individuals and groups whose advocacy has propelled the victims’ rights movement forward for the past half century, inspiring in victims and their loved ones a feeling of hope for progress, justice, and healing.

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Terry W. Van Horn 701-297-7458

Updated November 10, 2020