Local victim's rights advocate receives national award

By WEEK Reporter

April 18, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:25 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, DC -- Local victim's rights advocate Martha Herm was in Washington DC accepting a national award on Thursday.

The Ed Stout Memorial Award is given each year to someone whose efforts make a difference in the lives of crime victims.

Herm is Executive Director at the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

During the ceremony, Herm was greeted by chairs of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus and transportation Secretary Ray Lahood.

Herm was introduced by Congressman Aaron Schock, who also nominated her.

"She really diverted a lot of the praise to her one hundred plus staff back in central Illinois who helped her devote her services, who helped her grow the program over the 25 years that she's been there," Schock said.

"It's very humbling, but as I said, our work with kids out at schools is a hope for the future so that we can hopefully work our way out of business in terms of helping victims," Herm said.

Herm is one of two women who accepted the award Thursday.

Hundreds of people across the country were nominated.