WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today presented nine U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Federal Service Award during a National Crime Victims' Rights Week ceremony.
"We all owe a debt to these honorees and to the countless other advocates across the country who tirelessly work to protect victims' rights," Holder said.
Federal Service Awards are given out annually by the DOJ Office for Victims of Crime. The award honors individuals for their direct service to victims of crime. The ICE employees who received this award are: Marcy M. Forman, director, Office of Investigations; Raymond R. Parmer, director, Office of International Affairs; James T. Hayes, director, Office of Detention and Removal Operations; William F. Reed, director (ret.), Office of Professional Responsibility; Michael H. Neifach, former principal legal advisor; Gary W. Schenkel, director, Federal Protective Service; Traci A. Lembke, deputy assistant director, Investigative Services Division; Roger Applegate, unit chief, Investigative Support Unit; Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge, Detroit Office of Investigations, on behalf of ICE special agents in charge nationwide.
The ICE senior management team was honored for recognizing the critical role that victims of crime play in the federal criminal justice process and for embracing a victim-centered approach to investigations.
The combined efforts of ICE's senior management team on behalf of victims of crime led to the expansion of ICE's Victim Assistance Program, specialized training on U-visa certifications, the development and distribution of victim assistance brochures and the provision of emergency services to victims on a regular basis. Additionally, new methods were developed to handle cases with large numbers of foreign victims and for victims of child sex tourism.