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Women Aware

Crime Victims’ Week

National Crime Victims' Rights Week CeremonyJayne Guarino

Christie Bevacqua, Middlesex County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor, presents Jayne Guarino, Middlesex County Victim Witness Coordinator, with the Endurance Award at the 2015 Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony.

“Jayne’s work a vital component to empower crime victims to move beyond their trauma,” said Phyllis Adams, Women Aware Executive Director. “The work she does embodies compassion and grace.”

PALS shelter project
As part of the event, Women Aware’s Executive Director, Phyllis Adams, and Children’s Program Supervisor, Maliha Janjua, showcase a creative project done by children in Women Aware’s trauma therapy program.

group photo

This year’s ceremony was co-sponsored by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice, the State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy, and the Victims of Crime Compensation Office.

“To the prosecutors, public and private advocates and all those who actually work in the trenches and have the courage to confront the hurt caused by violence, you are very much appreciated,” writes Richard Pompelio, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center.

Awardees, from L to R: Suzanne Groisser (Rachel Coalition), Joan Nixon (Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office), Michele Miller (Essex County Prosecutor’s Office), Patricia Teffenhart (NJCASA), Laura Luciano (standing in for Ruth Anne Koenick, Rutgers), Sharon Mai (retired, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office), Jayne Guarino (Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office).