In conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 21-27, district attorney Dan Hostenpiller presented the first "District Attorney's Advocate of the Year" award to Barb Yant. Yant works in the Delta County Sheriff's Office.
Yant received a plaque which reads, "This extraordinary individual's contributions have been particularly noteworthy, and exemplify the long-term commitment that results in positive and lasting changes in the lives of crime victims."
Yant has been a victim's advocate in Delta County since 1994. "Back in those days there was no training; we just did what we had to do," she said. She expressed appreciation for the support she has received from the sheriff's office and the county commissioners, and said it's been a privilege to work with other the victim's advocates in the 7th Judicial District.
"Barb probably wrote the book on victim advocacy in rural Colorado," said Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee. "She sets the standard for dignity and compassion."
Yant previously was named Victim Advocate of the Year for the state of Colorado, and continues to be a tremendous asset to Delta County, McKee said.
Prior to the presentation last week, Hotsenpiller met with sheriffs, marshals and police chiefs from across the 7th Judicial District to discuss how to enhance victim services. He stressed the importance of fairness and dignity from the beginning. It's important victims be included in decision making, and that they understand the challenges they will face in the legal system.
"Only when we ensure the rights of victims are we effective," he said.
He referred to the recent trial involving Nathan Yager, saying the chance to connect with Melinda Tackett Yager's family was a powerful reminder of "why we do what we do." The process helped a family heal and move forward, he said.blog comments powered by Disqus