March 10, 2008
Cincinnati, OH -- Congressman Steve Chabot was today honored by the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc (POMC) with the "Empty Shoe Award". The trustees of POMC voted to recognize Congressman Chabot for his longstanding work in the House of Representatives on behalf of victims of crime.
“I am honored to accept the Empty Shoe Award from Parents of Murdered Children,” Chabot stated at the presentation. “I cannot even begin to comprehend the magnitude of the loss and devastation that these families have experienced. The lives of the surviving mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, and uncles of murder victims have been forever changed. They must put the pieces of their lives back together - however they can. In Congress, I will continue to work to provide crime victims and law enforcement officials with the resources they need to help heel these wounds and prevent future crimes. Together, with organizations like Parents of Murdered Children, we can help the families of these victims rebuild their lives.”
Congressman Chabot receives the "Empty Shoe Award" from Nancy Ruhe, the Executive Director of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.
Chabot worked last year with Congressman John Shadegg of Arizona to pass a House resolution recognizing September 25th of each year as a National Day of Remembrance of Murder Victims. The resolution encourages “the people of the United States to honor the memories of murder victims and to recognize the impact on surviving family members.”
Congressman Chabot with the staff of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc. From L to R: Karen Boland; Nancy Ruhe, Executive Director; Congressman Chabot; Jamie Lind, Associate Director; Bev Warnock.
Chabot has been a leading advocate in Congress for crime victims and their families. He was the author and principle sponsor of the Crime Victims Rights Act that for the first time provided enforceable procedural rights for crime victims in federal court. Congressman Chabot has also worked to pass legislation that would help identify victims of crime by authorizing grants to states for the DNA testing of all unidentified human remains.