ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER HONORS WASHINGTON WOMAN AND ANNOUNCES $1.8 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT FUNDS FOR STATE
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. announced today that the Department of Justice is awarding more than $1.8 million in Recovery Act formula grants for Washington state victim assistance and victim compensation programs. The Attorney General made the announcement in his remarks at the National Crime Victims' Rights Week Awards Ceremony where he also recognized Barbara Ann Skudlarick of Blaine, Wash., for her efforts on behalf of crime victims. The ceremony is a prelude to the nation's observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 26-May 2, 2009.
"We all owe a debt to these honorees and to the countless other advocates across the country who tirelessly work to protect victims' rights," Attorney General Eric Holder said. "The Department of Justice is committed to protecting victims' rights, which is why I'm so pleased we've been able to dedicate funds from the Recovery Act to assist these advocates in their invaluable work."
Ms. Skudlarick has been a volunteer serving victims of crime since 1997 and she was instrumental in bringing victim services to her community. Ms. Skudlarick, a retired R.N. and a retired flight attendant, also served as a member of the Aviation Family Support Team and flew to Washington, DC after the September 11, 2001 attacks, to support surviving family members of those who were killed in the attack on the Pentagon.
In addition to Ms. Skudlarick, the Attorney General recognized nine other individuals and programs for their service to crime victims. More information about the Recovery Act Victim Assistance and Compensation formula grants and National Crime Victims' Rights Week is available at: www.ojp.gov.