Maureen Mahoney recently received an award at the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Awards ceremony, where the honorees are some of the most committed people in their field. Their work and advocacy have inspired meaningful changes that should never be forgotten. Each year the VRC has the privilege of honoring those unsung heroes who have dedicated their lives to advocating on behalf of crime victims. Among those present at the ceremony, were Congressman Ted Poe, Congressman Jim Costa and Congressman Seth Moulton.
Mahoney was presented with the “Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award.” This award honors the memory of Eva Murillo, a prominent crime victim advocate in the state of California. Murillo, who passed away in 2005, was best known for her twelve years of distinguished service to the Kings County Victim Witness Assistance Program, where she pioneered efforts to help women in abusive relationships.
The honoree is a crime victim or survivor, who has experienced a personal tragedy and triumphed over adversity. This award recognizes a person who has utilized his or her experiences as a crime victim or survivor to promote public education and awareness, public policy development, and/or greater awareness about crime victims’ rights and needs. Through his or her efforts, the recipient has given hope to other crime victims and survivors.
The award was granted a result of the work Mahoney has been doing with domestic violence, that is, funding programs with the non-profits in the greater Lowell area who are aggressively addressing domestic violence and child abuse. The awardee would be someone who has experienced violent crime and is taking positive action to address it in the community.
The event was on April 13, 2016. A live video recording can be found here.