|For Immediate Release
April 16, 2010
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY RECEIVES VICTIM SERVICE AWARD FOR COMPASSION AND COMMITMENT TO VICTIMS’ RIGHTS IN JUVENILE AND HOMICIDE PROSECUTIONS
SANTA ANA – An Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) prosecutor was honored today with the Victim Service Award for Courts by Community Service Programs, Inc. (CSP) Victim Assistance Programs, an award that honors the work of individuals who go above and beyond to advocate for victims’ rights and provides high-quality victim service.
Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez, who prosecutes vehicular homicide cases in the Homicide Unit, was presented the award at the Annual CSP Victims’ Rights Conference today, April 16, 2010, at the Costa Mesa Hilton. Baez was nominated by two Victim Advocates for his compassion and commitment while working with victims in 2004 in juvenile court and currently in the Homicide Unit. Nominations for the award are submitted by CSP Victim Assistance Programs staff and the award recipient is then selected by a committee.
CSP created Victim Assistance Programs to alleviate victims’ trauma and the devastating effects of crime and guide them through the criminal justice system. Since its creation in 1978, Victim Assistance Programs has worked closely with Orange County law enforcement agencies to encourage witness and victim cooperation in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Victim Assistance Programs has been recognized at the national and state level for providing innovative services for victims and witnesses of crimes, including support counseling, information, and referral services.
The Victims’ Rights Conference kicks off National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which is April 18 to April 24, 2010. CSP is a sponsor of the Orange County District Attorney’s 2nd Annual Victim’s Rights March and Rally. For information on the April 20, 2010, march and rally, please visit www.orangecountyda.com.