Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman awarded Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children and Youth
The National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) announced that Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman will receive one of its prestigious Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youth. The Awards will be presented at The Westin New York Grand Central in New York City on Monday, January 28, 2013.
The Lewis Hine Awards, named for the acclaimed NCLC photographer who documented early-20th century exploitation of children, honor those individuals who, as professionals or volunteers, give of themselves and go the extra mile for the wellbeing of young people. The recipients are selected by a distinguished panel of judges from among hundreds of nominations submitted each year by business, community, and nonprofit leaders.
“Congratulations to this years honorees,” says this year’s program chair Vincent Mai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Cranemere LLC and Chairman of the Board of Sesame Workshop. “You have used your gifts to improve the lives of young people, which is the most important thing you can do for our communities and country.”
Ferman will be honored for using her position as District Attorney to innovatively improve the ways abused children’s rights are protected and to educate the public about the prevalence of child abuse. She co-founded the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project (MCAP), which provides pro bono legal services to abused children, and Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, which offers a safe environment for abused children to begin the process of healing and coordinates a multidisciplinary team response to child abuse that eases the criminal justice process for victims.
“It is our duty to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves,” says DA Ferman.” To be selected among a group of inspirational individuals who live by this mantra is an incredible honor.”
Since its inception, thousands of deserving individuals have been nominated for Lewis Hines Awards and nearly 300 people have been selected as honorees. Previous recipients have gained national and local recognition and have earned increased support, allowing them to make an even greater difference in their communities. Each of this year’s Lewis Hines Awards Honorees will receive a $1,000 award. DA Ferman’s award will go directly to Mission Kids.
For more information about the National Child Labor Committee, Lewis Hines Awards and the other Honorees, visit: www.nationalchildlabor.org.
About Risa Vetri Ferman
Risa Vetri Ferman has been the elected District Attorney of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, since November 2007 after 15 years of working in the trenches as a courtroom prosecutor. Dedicated to protecting the community’s most vulnerable citizens, DA Ferman was the driving force behind the creation of Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center and MCAP. She launched an unprecedented partnership with the local schools to ensure the safety and security of our children, introducing programs directed towards Internet safety, cyber-bullying and violence prevention, to name a few. In 2011, she wrote a children’s book called The Mouse Who Went Surfing Alone, which is designed to introduce concepts of Internet safety to young children.
About Mission Kids
Mission Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located in East Norriton, Pennsylvania. After years of planning, Mission Kids opened the doors to its child-friendly, centrally located Center in late 2009. Mission Kids was created by the collaborative effort of the Montgomery County District Attorney, the Police Chiefs of Montgomery County, and the Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth to stop the cycle of abuse and improve the outcomes for abused children and their families. Mission Kids serves as a child-friendly facility where prosecutors, law enforcement officials, social services, medical and mental health professionals come together to streamline the investigative process and provide victims with the necessary support services to help them begin to heal.