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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

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Richmond, Virginia 23219


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~ Attorney General Herring presented Marlene Bright and Barbara King with inaugural Unsung Heroes Award during afternoon ceremony ~

RICHMOND (April 6, 2017) - This afternoon, Attorney General Mark R. Herring honored Marlene Bright, paralegal at the Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, and Barbara King, volunteer at the Hampton Victim Services Unit with the inaugural Unsung Heroes Award for their dedication and excellence in victims' services. During National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Attorney General Herring held the ceremony to recognize men and women across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to serving victims and fighting for their rights.


"When a Virginian seeks justice, safety, and support following a crime, men and women from across Virginia are there waiting with open arms and hearts, but far too often their tireless efforts goes unacknowledged," said Attorney General Herring. "I am proud to honor Marlene, Barbara, and Virginians like them with the inaugural Unsung Heroes award, and am glad to have had the opportunity to express our thanks for their important work."


Below is a biography of each recipient from the Hampton Roads area:

Barbara King
Volunteer, Hampton Victim Services Unit

Ms. King is a resident of Hampton, Virginia and is a volunteer with the Hampton Victim Services Unit.  She has been with the office since 2007 assisting victims and witness in court two days a week. Mrs. King's duties included checking in witnesses, obtaining restitution information and providing customer survey cards.  Mrs. King has been a tremendous asset to the Hampton program for several years and they are truly grateful for her services to the office and the victims and witnesses of the Hampton community.


In 2009, Mrs. King was the victim of abduction and maiming at the hands of her neighbor's adult son.  She was beaten and abducted.  The defendant was charged and convicted and received 19 years to serve. Mrs. King has demonstrated strength and resilience in her ability to overcome this victimization and has been a true champion for justice as she continues to help those who have been victimized by crime in the community.


Because she embodies the spirit of volunteerism, President Obama recognized Ms. King last year, not for her work with victims, which she has been doing for many years, but for her volunteer efforts with veterans, which she does on the days she is not assisting victims of crime. 


Marlene Bright
Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Marlene Bright extends herself far beyond her daily job duties as a paralegal with Norfolk's Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.  As a part of Norfolk's Community Collaboration Center she assists everyone who walks through the door. Previously, Ms. Bright worked as a victim advocate in Norfolk for five years and puts those skills to work as a community-based paralegal.  She has worked with victims in need by connecting them with community resources and helped family members with information on funeral funds for murder victims, helping them to access services and complete paperwork. Marlene does not know how to tell anyone no. She arrives early, works through lunch and stays late, all in an effort to assist those in need and make life easier for the victim.  Ms. Bright can often be found out in Norfolk's neighborhoods, presenting prevention messages or helping individuals.


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