The American Red Cross of Massachusetts recently received special recognition for its advocacy of victims following the Boston Marathon Bombings last April.
At the Victim Rights Awards Ceremony on April 8 at the State House, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance honored the Red Cross and several other agencies for opening the Family Assistance Center to help the families of the injured and deceased.
The center was co-operated by the FBI, US Attorney’s Office, Boston Public Health Commission, the Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley, Seaport World Trade Center, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance and the Boston Police Department. It was open for 15 days.
In the days, weeks and months that followed the bombings, the American Red Cross provided 44 families – or 145 people – with financial grants to help them cover immediate costs.
April is Victims Rights Month, and the event served as an opportunity to honor individuals and agencies that have made significant achievements over the past year in promoting victim rights and services. Disaster Services Chief Leighton Jones and Disaster Mental Health lead Christine Tebaldi were there to accept the recognition and represent the Red Cross.