Attorney General Fox Presents Crime Victim Advocate Award to Helena Crime Victim Advocate

Attorney General Tim Fox on Wednesday presented Montana Department of Corrections Crime Victim Advocate Sally Hilander with a plaque recognizing her as one of two Outstanding Crime Victim Advocates of the Year for 2015. Hilander was honored at a morning celebration at the Montana Department of Corrections main office in downtown Helena.

“One of Sally’s most important accomplishments over the past 14 years was helping bring the Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) System to crime victims and other concerned individuals throughout Montana,” Attorney General Fox said. “Sally has maintained an effective partnership to deliver a system that provides accurate and timely offender custody status updates to people registered, many of whom depend on this information for their peace of mind and safety.”

Highlander was nominated for the award by several of her colleagues, including Linda Moodry, Victim’s Officer at the Montana State Prison. Moodry noted that Highlander also implemented the Victim Offender Dialogue program in Montana, working directly with both victims and adult offenders to prepare them to participate in a dialogue that allows certain victims to confront their offenders face-to-face.

One other Crime Victim Advocate Award for 2015 was presented by Attorney General Fox to advocate Christina Powell in Bozeman yesterday.