PKF Receives Leadership Award from Dept. of Justice
We are proud to announce that the Polly Klaas® Foundation has received the prestigious Missing Child Non-Profit of the Year Award for 2011 from the US Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP.)
This award recognizes our “exemplary efforts and significant contributions…in protecting and aiding missing children and their families.”
Since Polly was kidnapped in 1993, the Polly Klaas® Foundation has helped more than 7600 families with missing children, and worked in partnership with federal, state, and local law enforcement, missing children’s agencies, and social service agencies throughout the country.
The award was presented at OJJDP”s 2011 National Conference for Children’s Justice & Safety: Unite, Build, Lead by Ron Laney, Senior Advisor to the Acting Administrator of OJJDP and Amy Staubs, Program Manager OJJDP. Signatories of the award are Laurie O. Robinson, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs and Jeff Slowikowski, Acting Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The Citation reads, in part:
“The Foundation continues to support families and children who were abducted, missing, or victimized through their incredibly difficult journey. The work of the Polly Klaas® Foundation has significantly improved public awareness of the problems associated with missing, abducted, and victimized children. The strength in the Foundation's partnerships with fellow AMECO members, law enforcement agencies, and other like-minded organizations demonstrates its significant leadership in protecting children.”
The Polly Klaas® Foundation was nominated for this award by Trish Derby of the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, who also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Association (AMECO.) This Award is given only to AMECO member organizations. Previous Awardees are the Laura Recovery Center and Nevada Child Seekers.
At the awards ceremony, Bob De Leo, Executive Director of the Polly Klaas® Foundation stated,
"I accept this honor with deep appreciation on behalf of my colleagues at the Foundation, our Board of Directors and everyone affiliated with our organization. While this award acknowledges our contributions in the field for over 18 years, we know that none of us stand alone in the cause of keeping children safe. We are interdependent and in that spirit we share this honor with our associates in OJJDP, AMECO and countless community organizations around the country."
Please click here to see the Missing Child Non-Profit of the Year for 2011 Award citation that was read to an audience of Law Enforcement and AMECO member organizations
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