U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today congratulated First Lady of Tennessee Andrea Conte for being awarded the 2008 National Crime Victim Service Award by the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Conte received the award today from U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey at ceremonies in Washington, D.C. in advance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 13-18, an annual observance sponsored by the OVC.
“This is well-deserved recognition for Andrea, who has devoted her life to helping victims of crime,” Alexander said. “From creating a statewide commission on crime victim assistance to establishing an annual memorial event honoring Tennesseans who have lost their lives to violent crime, Andrea has put extraordinary efforts into serving others. I particularly admire her walk across the state to raise awareness of the role Tennessee’s Child Advocacy Centers play in helping children recover from abuse. Tennesseans should be proud of our First Lady.”
“Andrea has made victim's rights and child advocacy key priorities as First Lady of Tennessee, and we are proud that the Justice Department has recognized her extraordinary contributions to preventing crime and victimization in our society,” Corker said.
Conte is the founder and president of You Have the Power... Know How to Use It, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to raising awareness about crime and justice issues. As First Lady, Conte established a statewide Commission on Crime Victims Assistance and has also helped to address the prevalence of child sexual abuse and the role of Child Advocacy Centers in helping these children recover.