WICHITA – (April 24, 2015) – A Topeka woman was recognized for her service to crime victims during this week’s Crime Victims’ Rights Conference in Wichita.
Teresa Gallegos-Ramirez of the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment was presented with the Outstanding Community-Based Advocate Award by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt during an awards ceremony this morning. Gallegos-Ramirez currently serves as the human trafficking advocate at the Topeka YWCA.
“Teresa and your agency (YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment) provide a shining example of the type of wraparound services that are critical to the rehabilitation and restoration of human trafficking survivors following such a traumatic experience,” said Katie Cronin, Director of the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic at the University of Kansas School of Law. “Teresa is also a model for interagency collaboration, another critical aspect of effective human trafficking services.”
The Kansas Crime Victims Rights Conference was hosted by Attorney General Schmidt and Governor Sam Brownback. The conference featured a number of speakers and trainers focused on raising awareness of emerging crimes and offering new approaches to respond to enduring crimes, such as child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking.