Richmond Justice Initiative Honors Henrico County Prosecutor

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From Richmond Justice Initiative:

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Justice Initiative hosted a reception for its organization Saturday evening in the home of Amy and Steven Williams, partner with McGuire Woods LLP. Richmond Justice Initiative awarded the Assistant Commonwealth Attorney of Henrico, Mike Feinmel, with its Freedom Maker Award.

Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman, an advisory board member for Richmond Justice Initiative, delivered an address as the keynote speaker in support of the organization’s work and accomplishments and spoke on the issue of human trafficking.

“It was an honor to host this event in the Williams’ home. It is only by the support of our community and individuals such as Mike Feinmel and Congressman Wittman that we are able to continue to fight human trafficking in Richmond and beyond,” said Sara Pomeroy, Founder and President of Richmond Justice Initiative.

“Tonight we celebrate the work of Richmond Justice Initiative and our own Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Mike Feinmel,” said Henrico Chief of Police Douglas A. Middleton, “I am proud of the work both do to combat human trafficking in Henrico.”

Chief Middleton received the Freedom Maker Award from Richmond Justice Initiative last year. Richmond Justice Initiative staff and board present the award in recognition of the recipient’s work in human trafficking.

“On behalf of the Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, I would like to say that we are all very proud of the prosecutorial work that Mike Feinmel has done and continues to do in the area of human trafficking,” remarks Shannon Taylor, Henrico County’s Commonwealth Attorney.

Taylor said that since Feinmel has been in office there have been around a dozen trafficking convictions in the U.S. District Court. In Henrico County, 15 underage girls who were victims of human trafficking were returned safely to their families. This is exactly the type of work that Richmond Justice Initiative invests in and supports. View media coverage of the event here.

The Richmond Justice Initiative is a non-profit, faith based organization whose mission is to educate, equip, and mobilize communities with the tools needed to be a force in the global movement to end human trafficking. President and CEO Sara Pomeroy founded RJI in 2009. For more information or to donate to the cause visit their website at www.rvaji.com

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