On April 24th, Susan Herman '81, an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Pace University in New York City, received the National Crime Victim Service Award by the U.S. Department of Justice.
"These committed individuals are being honored for their dedication to assisting and supporting victims of crime all across the country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. "Their actions inspire all Americans, to do what we can, each in our own way, to help lessen the physical, emotional and financial impacts of crime on people in our communities.”
Herman is well respected among crime victims and victim assistance professionals across the country. She has brought innovation to the crime victims’ movement for more than 30 years. As the former Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, Herman demonstrated leadership and vision through the development of numerous innovative programs, such as the Stalking Resource Center, which provides, among many other things, direct technical assistance and training to victim service providers and criminal justice agencies around the country; and the Teen Victim Project, which raises public awareness and helps communities develop multidisciplinary approaches to serving teen victims. She also launched the National Crime Victim Bar Association, which educates attorneys, victim service providers, and the general public on the availability of civil remedies for crime victims. All of these initiatives were designed to fill important gaps in services in the crime victims field. She is probably most well known for her groundbreaking work to establish "parallel justice” for crime victims. As described in-depth in her 2010 book, Parallel Justice for Victims of Crime, this concept requires that society not only hold offenders accountable for the harms they cause, but also do all that’s possible to help repair the harm to crime victims.