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Regina B. Schofield, Assistant Attorney General
Office of Justice Programs

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Awards Ceremony
Washington, DC
April 20, 2007

Thank you, John.  It’s a privilege to be part of this wonderful event.

Attorney General Gonzales and Deputy Attorney General McNulty, welcome.  We are honored that you both could join us today.

And thanks to all of you – victim advocates, service providers, criminal justice professionals, and crime victims.  We honor each of you for your service, for your dedication, and for your courage.

We’re here today to recognize the remarkable achievements of men and women who have devoted their careers and their lives to serving others.

Some are well-known leaders in the victims’ rights movement.  Others work quietly but effectively on behalf of victims.

Some came into their roles by way of personal tragedy.  Others came guided by a simple but noble commitment to those in need.

Some make policies, run programs, and change laws.  Others provide counseling, offer guidance, and change lives.

Every one of them has helped to make our criminal justice system – and our nation – more responsive to the needs of crime victims.

In honoring their good work today, we acknowledge a standard of excellence in service.  Let us rise to that standard.  Let us live and labor with courage, compassion, and an eye always open to hope.

It is now my honor to introduce our next speaker.

After serving as Acting Deputy Attorney General for four months, Paul McNulty was sworn in as Deputy Attorney General of the United States on March 17th of last year.

Mr. McNulty has spent almost his entire career in public service.  Before being appointed Deputy Attorney General, he served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, a position he held for four-and-a-half years.  As U.S. Attorney, he oversaw the prosecution of gun violence, drug trafficking, and corporate fraud, and he successfully prosecuted many of our nation’s highest profile cases in the war on terror.

Mr. McNulty has served in other leadership roles in the Department, as well as in Congress, and he helped shape criminal justice policy in the Commonwealth of Virginia during the term of Governor George Allen.

As policymaker, prosecutor, and Deputy Attorney General, Paul McNulty has remained personally committed to meeting the needs of crime victims.

I am very pleased that he could be with us today.  Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming Deputy Attorney General Paul J. McNulty.

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