FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2018
Governor Wolf Announces Winners of the Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Awards
Harrisburg, PA — Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the winners of the Governor's Victim Service Pathfinder Awards, which recognized Mission Kids of Montgomery County, Stephanie Blakeman of the Nationalities Service Center, and Tracey Provident of the Center for Victims for their work with crime victims.
"I am pleased to announce these award winners who have gone above and beyond in their efforts with the victims of crime," Governor Wolf said. "By highlighting their achievements, we honor their notable contributions to their communities and the victim service provider field."
The Pathfinder Awards are administered by the Office of Victims' Services (OVS) in the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) annually.
The Pathfinder Program Award was presented to Mission Kids, a children's advocacy center located in Montgomery County. Mission Kids has contributed efforts to the victim services field specifically serving child abuse victims and their family members. Mission Kids has also been proactive on responding to human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children in Montgomery County, as well as providing guidance to other communities.
The Pathfinder Individual Direct Service Award was presented to Stephanie Blakeman, Anti-Human Trafficking Case Manager with the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia. Since joining NSC's Anti-Human Trafficking team in 2014, Stephanie has worked with victims and survivors of human trafficking from 19 different countries, the majority of which were victims and survivors of labor trafficking.
The Pathfinder Individual Organizational Capacity Building Award was presented to Tracey Provident, Vice President/Chief Program Officer of the Center for Victims in Pittsburgh. Tracey was instrumental in growing a small community non-profit, The Center for Victims of Violent Crime (CVVC), into the largest comprehensive victim service organization, Center for Victims (CV), in Pennsylvania.
MEDIA CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116
Kirsten Kenyon, PCCD, 717-265-8505