TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014 (404) 371-4702 W (404) 617-7655 C
firstname.lastname@example.org SOLICITOR-GENERAL SHERRY BOSTON WINNER OF 2014 DEBORAH MCDORMAN FLAME AWARD
- McDorman Award recognizes commitment to fighting domestic violence -
(Decatur, Ga.) –DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston has been named the 2014 recipient of the Deborah McDorman Flame Award. The award honors the memory of Ms. McDorman and her commitment to domestic violence victims. In the 1980s, McDorman established the not-for-profit DeKalb County Domestic Violence Task Force (DK DVTF), along with criminal justice professionals and community advocacy organizations, while she was Coordinator of the Victim/Witness Assistance Program at the DeKalb County Solicitor-General’s Office.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award in memory of Deborah McDorman because her work establishing the DeKalb County Domestic Violence Task Force has been instrumental in fighting domestic violence in our community,” said Solicitor-General Boston, “Since one in three women will become a victim of domestic violence, we must continue to do more to save lives.” On Thursday, October 23rd, Solicitor-General Sherry Boston held her fourth annual resource fair and symposium, “Building Bridges, Making Connections: Coordinating a Community Response to Domestic Violence.” The event brings together community members, survivors and experts each year to educate the public and increase awareness about domestic violence. Ms. Boston oversees the prosecution of approximately 13,000 misdemeanor cases each year including more than 3,500 cases of domestic violence. She created a Special Victims Unit (SVU) to investigate and prosecute sensitive crimes including domestic violence and stalking.
“Until Sherry came along, Dekalb County did not have a community wide event that brought together faith based, community based organizations, government agencies and most importantly survivors to not only commemorate domestic violence awareness month but also engage in important dialogues in our community, “said Aparna Bhattacharyya, Executive Director of Raksha and past chair of the DeKalb County Domestic Violence Task Force, “Sherry came into office wanting to help and making sure her team was ready to help the task force in whatever way possible. Her office is responsive and is a true collaborative partner when it comes to working for the safety of survivors.”
“Sherry Boston’s integrity and dedication to ending violence against women is reflective in her work and is a model for others,” said Ayona Johnson, Director of Legal Services for the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, “It is apparent that she is committed to protecting the citizens of DeKalb County.”
Ms. Boston was appointed Solicitor-General by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2011 and was elected without opposition in 2012. Prior to serving as Solicitor-General, Ms. Boston handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases while in private practice. She also served as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Dunwoody, Judge pro hac vice on the DeKalb County Recorders Court and Associate Magistrate Judge for DeKalb County Magistrate Court. Other honors include being selected as one of 14 Georgia lawyers “On the Rise” by The Daily Report, repeatedly named one of “Georgia’s Legal Elite,” by Georgia Trend magazine, named five times as a “Rising Star Super Lawyer” by Atlanta magazine and winner of the Thurgood Marshall Award by The DeKalb Branch of the NAACP.
If you are or someone you know is experiencing abuse in a relationship, call 911 if there is immediate danger. If there is not immediate danger, please call the 24-hour toll-free Georgia Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-33-HAVEN (4-2836) voice/TTY in Georgia.
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