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Dr. Marlene A. Young
Visionary Victim Advocate

Please help celebrate the remarkable legacy of Dr. Marlene Young by building a virtual Wall of Tribute in her honor. By purchasing a brick, your contribution will go toward funding scholarships for victim service providers to attend our annual conference on sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence.

Dr. Young was a member of the founding Board of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) and served as President from 1979 to 1981, and Executive Director from 1981 to 2005. She is also past President of the World Society of Victimology (WSV) and the Immediate Past President of the International Organization for Victim Assistance (IOVA). These organizations play a crucial role in improving the lives of victims.

Two of EVAWI’s Board members attest to the impact Dr. Young has had on their personal and professional lives. As Board President Herman Milholland said, “I attended my first NOVA conference in 1990. It was my very first professional development conference on advocacy and leadership where Dr. Young gave the keynote address. I was so inspired by her speech about ‘making a difference in the lives others.’ I have continued to work and live by those words.” Aurelia Sands-Belle echoed Herman’s sentiment: “Dr. Young was a powerhouse in motivating advocates and helping us find our voice in speaking out for victims. She was prolific in developing lifelong advocates. We were always so eager to hear her speeches and learn from her experiences.”

In addition to her advocacy work, Dr. Young has also created knowledge and worked tirelessly to ensure that it is translated into policy and practice. She has traveled the world speaking out on victim rights and served as a consultant to six US. Cabinet-level Departments as well as the United Nations. Her work has been recognized with many honors and in 1987, the World Federation of Mental Health established the Marlene A. Young Public Policy Award. In 1992, Dr. Young was honored at a Rose Garden ceremony by President Bush in commemoration of National Victim Rights Week.

In 2002, the NOVA Board of Directors created the Marlene A. Young Leadership Award, to honor an extraordinary national leader in the cause of victim justice each year. We are delighted to join NOVA in honoring this visionary and inexhaustible pioneer. Please join us in honoring and continuing the legacy of Dr. Marlene Young, by purchasing a brick and helping to develop the next generation of leaders in the field of victim services.

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