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Crime Victim Advocate Award Honorees

2012

Jason Barkus, Detective Sergeant, Havre Police Dept., Havre
Becky Deboer, SANE, Barrett’s Hospital & Health Care, Dillon

2011

Cathy Dorle, Region IV Probation & Parole Office, Missoula
Amy Rubin, Supervising Attorney, DOVES, Polson
Martha Aquilar, Victim Advocate, Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office, Billings
Mary Sinnott, 8th Judicial Youth Court Services, Great Falls

2010

Jenifer Blumberg, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes Victim Assistance, Pablo
Charlee Johnson, Victim Advocate, Billings City Attorney’s Office, Billings
Steven Marquis, Deputy, Broadwater County Sheriff Department, Boulder

2009

Tanya Campbell, Senior Criminal Victim Advocate, Missoula Crime Victim Advocate Program, Missoula
Betty Mealey, Shelter Supervisor, Safe Space Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center, Butte

2008

Tami Allen, SAVES Coordinator, Musselshell, Golden Valley and Wheatland Counties, Roundup
Coralee Hicks, Advocate Coordinator, Tri-County Victim/Witness Program, Columbus
Helen Schmitt, Director, Richland County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Sidney

2007

Connie Huffman, Executive Director, Hi-Line’s Help for Abused Spouses, Conrad
Leslie McClintock, Supervisor (retired), Office of Planning and Grants’ City/County Crime Victim Advocate Program for Missoula County, Missoula
Kelly Morand and Capital High School’s Link Crew, Teacher and Advisor Kelley Morand and student mentors, Helena

2006

Gloria Edwards, Victim Advocate, Gallatin County Victim Assistance Program, Bozeman

2005

Jan Brownell, Victim Advocate, Gallatin County Victim Assistance Program, Bozeman

2004

Mikeal Baker-Hajek, Executive Director, Victim-Witness Assistance Services, Great Falls
Marilynn Formann, Crime Victim Assistant, Custer County, Miles City

2003

Bertha Croghan, Volunteer, YWCA & Montana Silent Witness Initiative, Missoula
Tina Hedin, RN, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Deaconess Clinic, Billings
Ed Krasinski, Victim-Witness Advocate, Jefferson County, Boulder
Linda Moodry, Victim/Public Information Officer, Montana State Prison, Deer Lodge

2002

Ellen Donohue, Administrator, Safe Space, Butte
Karen Benner & Rebecca Bay, Victim Advocates, Billings City Attorney’s Office, Billings
Jon Parker, Victim-Witness Advocate, Fergus County, Lewistown

2001

Dana Milton, Victim Advocate, Musselshell/Golden Valley County, Roundup
Susan Schwarz, Victim Advocate, Violence Free Crisis Line, Kalispell

2000

Kathleen Coles, Victim Advocate, Bozeman Area Battered Women’s Network, Bozeman
Amy Cooksey, Victim Advocate, Madison/Beaverhead County, Dillon
Michele Tregemba, Administrator, Victim-Witness Assistance Services, Great Falls

1999

Deb Bakke, Victim Advocate, Friendship Center, Helena
Barb Beyl, Victim Advocate, Custer County Network Against Domestic Abuse, Miles City
Christian Sarver, Coordinator, Victim’s Options in the Campus Environment (VOICE) Center Program, MSU Campus, Bozeman

1998

Linda Bearcrane, Victim Advocate, Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office, Billings
Janet Connolly, Volunteer, Victim-Witness Assistance Services, Great Falls
Richard Larsen, Sheriff’s Deputy, Lincoln County, Libby

1997

George Bryce, Victim-Witness Advocate, Park County, Livingston
Darla Gillespie, Victim-Witness Advocate, Seventh Judicial District, Glendive
Debbie Knaff, Volunteer Director, Women’s Resource Center, Glasgow
Patty McGeshick, Director, Ft. Peck Child Protection & Victim Assistance Program, Wolf Point
Tootie Welker, Director, Family Violence Intervention Project, Thompson Falls

1996

John Cummins III, Program Coordinator, Crow Nation Victim Assistance Program, Crow Agency
Sharon Powell, Volunteer, SAVES, Inc., Lewistown
Carol Ramos, Director, Lincoln County Women’s Help Line, Libby

1995

Matt Dale, Director, Friendship Center, Helena
Shirl Pinto, Healing Hearts, Lame Deer
Kristina Swanson, Missoula City/County Government, Missoula
Rev. Terry Tyler, Police Chaplain, Anaconda/Deer Lodge

1994

Shirline Almeida, Lincoln County Women’s Help Line, Libby
Gustine Old Bear, Victim Assistance Program, Crow Agency
Lt. Jim Sharpe, Cascade County Victim Assistance Program, Great Falls

1993

Beth Binstock, Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Billings
Roger Carey, Attorney and Volunteer, Friendship Center, Helena
Shirley LaRoque, Mercy Home, Great Falls

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The Natural Resource Damage Program (NRDP) was created in 1990 to prepare the state’s lawsuit against the Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO) for injuries to the natural resources in the Upper Clark Fork River Basin (UCFRB). Decades of mining and mineral processing operations in and around Butte and Anaconda released substantial quantities of hazardous substances into the Upper Clark Fork River Basin between Butte and Milltown. These hazardous substances extensively degraded the area’s natural resources.

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Human Trafficking

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Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness Program

Montana’s deadliest drugs aren’t made in secret labs and they don’t always come from dealers on the corner. They’re in our own medicine cabinets. Each year, prescription drug abuse contributes to the deaths of more than 300 Montanans — making prescription drug abuse 15 times more deadly than meth, heroin and cocaine combined. Our kids report the third-highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the country and more than half of them say prescription drugs are easier to get than street drugs.

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Safe in Your Space

When it comes to embracing new technology, kids have rapidly outpaced their parents and teachers. By their early school years, many children are already more comfortable on the Internet than their parents. But just because children are smart enough to know how to navigate the Internet, doesn’t mean they have the experience to make good decisions about some of the possibilities they may face online.

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Montana Sexual or Violent Offender Registry

Created by the Montana Department of Justice in 1989, the Sexual or Violent Offender Registry is a valuable resource for Montanans to protect their families against sexual or violent offenders.

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Montana 24/7 Sobriety Program

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