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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – April 18 – April 24

2021 "Unsung Heroes" Awards

The Office of the Attorney General observes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week each year with its Unsung Heroes awards ceremony, recognizing outstanding service and support to victims of crime in the Commonwealth. Attorney General Herring established these awards in 2017 to acknowledge those individuals across the state working tirelessly to aid victims in their recovery and healing, promote trauma-informed responses, challenge permissive or dismissive attitudes towards victims' issues, and affect change.


On April 21, 2021 Attorney General Herring honored this year’s Unsung Heroes honorees in a virtual ceremony. 

2021 Unsung Heroes:

Erin Bumgarner Barr, Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Colonial Heights

Carla Cross, M.P.O. Detective, Radford City Police Department

Ian Danielsen, L.C.S.W., Assistant Professor, Longwood University

Kim Flournoy DiJoseph, Project and Training Coordinator, Virginia Victim Assistance Network

Beth Eisenzimmer, Family Advocate Coordinator, Children’s Trust of the Roanoke Valley

Saly J. Fayez, Director, Fairfax County Police Department Victim Services Division

Kristen Mallory, Founder, Mallory’s Movement Against Drunk Driving, Inc.

Chuck E. Marshall, Detective, Albermarle County Police Department Special Victim’s Unit

Shant’a Miller, CEO and Founder, Parents Against Bullying VA

Mark W. Nowacki, Director, Culpeper Victim/Witness Program

Karla Crump Reaves, Director, Hampton Victim Services Unit

Honoree profiles are available here.