After losing my son in 1989, I’ve dedicated my career to ensure that other families do not have to endure the pain that I had to suffer. In response to that devastating loss, I have worked hard to participate in the public policy debate around gun violence, victim rights and public safety. I founded MOMS, Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters, a volunteer-led organization dedicated to stopping the plague of violence in America’s communities. Thirty years later, families who have suffered through homicide’s catastrophic loss, still join MOMs groups across the country to call an end to violence in our communities.
I’ve worked to build Atlanta Victim Assistance, Inc.; an agency that advocates for the fundamental rights of victims and witnesses of crime with compassion, dignity and respect. As Executive Director, I’ve witnessed the police work hard to reduce crime. We are here, as partners and advocates, to provide comprehensive services that help survivors to demystify the criminal justice system and offer support that can reduce severe emotional stress.