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Arizona Attorney General Advocacy Direct Services award

Coconino County Victim Witness Services was awarded the 2019 Arizona Attorney General Advocacy Direct Services Award last Wednesday in Phoenix.

The event was a part of the national crime victims' rights week that took place from April 7 to 13.

The program was presented by several different state agencies including the Office of the Arizona Governor, Maricopa County Attorney's Office, Arizona Department of Corrections and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

In the program that why Victim Witness was worth awarding, the large coverage area and strategies to representing and supporting victims were listed.

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"VWS envisions a just, equitable world in which all people are safe and free to be their fully realized selves in a communities rooted in love, dignity and joy," according to a program given at the event.

Jennifer Runge, executive director of Victim Witness, said that appreciate the honor of the award.

"Victim Witness staff believe in the agency’s mission and don’t do this work for the recognition," Runge said. "However, it is an honor to be acknowledged for the work we do in the community and hope it brings attention to the many victims and their families served in our county."

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Scott Buffon can be reached at sbuffon@azdailysun.com, on Twitter @scottbuffon or by phone at (928) 556-2250.

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