(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today accepted a 2011 Equal Opportunity Day Award from the Columbus Urban League. The award recognized the Attorney General's Office for 17 years of ongoing support for the Minority Crime Victim Assistance Program (MCVAP).
"It's an honor to accept this award for our efforts to help the victims of crime," said Attorney General DeWine. "To fully realize justice, we must not only pursue criminals, we must also help innocent victims. And that's something we and the Columbus Urban League take to heart."
The Attorney General's Office administers grants for the State Victim Assistance Act and the federal Victims of Crime Act programs. The Columbus Urban League noted that, "in 2010, MCVAP directly served approximately 600 individuals with financial assistance, advocacy, community and professional referrals, and emotional support." For the 2011-2012 grant year, the Columbus Urban League's MCVAP was awarded $79,800 for its work.
Attorney General DeWine received the award at the Columbus Urban League's 36th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Awards luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus. According to the Columbus Urban League, the annual "celebration is dedicated to recognizing and honoring those individuals and corporations who support the work of the Columbus Urban League; and who champion the principles of equal opportunity, civil rights and social justice."
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