Laura Davidson Honored with Phyllis McCarthy Public Interest Service Award
On December 8, Laura Davidson, the CA’s Director of Operations, was honored with Public Citizen’s sixth annual Phyllis McCarthy Public Interest Service Award in Washington, D.C. With Juvenile Justice Project Associate DeAvery Irons taking the lead, CA staff nominated Laura for the award, which recognizes individuals who have worked long and hard performing critical functions for a nonprofit organization, but who have not received public credit commensurate with their contributions.
Laura’s commitment to the mission and the vision of the organization extends well beyond the bounds of the work day and her job description. She is a selfless advisor and confidante to many staff members, and has been a source of support and comfort to the formerly incarcerated people and their family members, who come, however briefly, through the CA’s door. She has given clothing, time, and emotional sustenance to many participants in our leadership development programs, many of whom are adults recently released from prison or young people with troubled home lives.
Though Laura is seldom directly involved with our policy reform efforts, all the duties she performs administratively and operationally, plus her heartfelt moral support, enable the rest of us to carry out the tasks aimed at improving the administration of justice. Though not so visible to the eyes of the world, we see her as our most important soldier for justice. Without Laura’s organizational, personal, and professional acumen, foresight, and wisdom, the CA would not be the highly effective organization it is today.
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Prison Monitoring Reports
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