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Tewksbury Native Maureen Mahoney Presented With Unsung Hero Award

Apr 20, 2016 11:31AM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury native Maureen Mahoney was presented with the Unsung Hero Award by Congressman Seth Moulton.

(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the office of Congressman Seth Moulton.)

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) presented the Eva Murillo Unsung Hero award to Tewksbury native, Maureen Mahoney. Moulton serves on the bipartisan Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus (VRC). He nominated Maureen and Jane Mahoney to receive the award to recognize their advocacy work on behalf of at-risk youth and domestic violence survivors. 

“The Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award recognizes a crime victim or survivor who has triumphed over adversity and used his or her experience to promote awareness of crime victims’ rights,” said Moulton. "Maureen and Jane Mahoney have exemplified these attributes throughout their lives. On the 40th anniversary of their parents' and brother’s death, Maureen and Jane organized a community event to honor their family by raising awareness and funds for local organizations that focus on domestic violence. I am honored to have nominated such a deserving pair of individuals from the Sixth District, and proud to present this award to Maureen in recognition of her strength and advocacy work.”

At the award ceremony, Mahoney spoke about her family’s legacy. “I am representing an entire community who have kept my parents and my brother’s legacy alive for over 40 years. Within that community there is a small, but mighty committee who worked very hard last year to ensure that the Dr. Hugh, Ruth, and John Mahoney tribute was a great success. As Congressman Moulton said, we were able to fund programs within three non-profits and the Tewksbury Police Department to strive to end violence, especially among youth,” said Mahoney.

Moulton was joined by fellow members of the bipartisan VRC, including: Congressmen Ted Poe (R-TX), Jim Costa (D-CA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Dave Reichert (R-WA). The VRC was founded 10 years ago to advocate for crime victims. The VRC has taken the lead in protecting programs that provide critical support for victim services throughout the nation, including the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Each year, it hosts various briefings on victims’ rights issues, including domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse, human trafficking as well as various other topics.  It also recognizes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with an annual awards ceremony.

Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award
The Unsung Hero Award is in memorial of Eva Murillo, a prominent crime victim advocate from California. The honoree is a crime victim or survivor who has utilized their experiences to promote public education and awareness, public policy development, and greater awareness about crime victims’ rights and needs.

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