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President Obama Appoints Bea Hanson to Head Justice Department Office
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President Obama Appoints Bea Hanson to Head the Justice Department’s Office of Victims of Crime

February/March 2010


President Barack Obama has nominated Beatrice Hanson, former Executive Board Member of NASW-NYC, to head the Justice Department’s Office of Victims of Crime (OVC). As Director of the OVC, Hanson will oversee diverse programs as well as the funding of state programs that assist crime victims—the lifeline services that help the survivors of abuse heal. Her experience working with people impacted by violence will bring a wealth of knowledge and the right combination of education and experience to guide this important program.

Addressing the appointments of Ms. Hanson and other nominees, President Obama stated in his December announcement, “These talented individuals have proven experience in their fields and I am grateful that they have agreed to serve in my administration. I am confident they will succeed in their new roles and I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”

Bea Hanson has extensive experience and knowledge about the victims of crime. Currently, she is the Chief Program Officer for Safe Horizon, a crime victim assistance organization, the largest, most comprehensive, non-profit agency of its kind in the United States. She oversees a staff of more than 600 professionals who provide services to more than 350,000 people annually [who have been impacted by crime and abuse as well as the victims of human trafficking and the 9/11 attacks.] Prior to joining Safe Horizon, Ms. Hanson was the Director of Client Services for the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project. She has also served as adjunct faculty at the Hunter College School of Social Work and the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, furthering the next generation of social work professionals.

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