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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                           (Cleveland, Ohio)
For Immediate Release                                    October 2, 1998
                     AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

The President today announced his intent to nominate Maria Borrero to serve as the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime at the Department of Justice.

Ms. Maria Borrero, of the District of Columbia, has twenty five years of experience in the management and development of human services programs, including programs focused on victims of crime, poverty, child abuse and domestic violence. She has served as the Executive Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 1994, where she is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of the agency and serves as chief advisor to the Chairman. From 1993 to 1994, she worked as Technical Director of Macro International, Inc., a human resources management consulting firm. From 1992 to 1993, she served as the District of Columbia's Assistant City Administrator for Human Resources Development. She was Director of the D.C. Department of Employment Services from 1991 to 1993. She served as Assistant City Administrator for Hartford, Connecticut, overseeing the Office of Human Services, from 1987 to 1991. From 1978 to 1987, she served as the Director of the Hispanic Health Council, a community-based research, advocacy and educational institute. She has also served as the Director of the Hartford Board of Education's Health Careers Center and as a employee development specialist at Hartford Hospital. She is a former Chair of the Latin America Youth Center, former board member of the National Puerto Rican Coalition, and currently sits on the board of the George Washington University Medical Center.

Ms. Borrero received a B.A. degree from New Hampshire College and a J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut Law School.

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) at the Department of Justice was established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to provide federal funds in support of victim assistance and compensation programs and advocate for the fair treatment of crime victims. OVC administers formula and discretionary grants for programs designed to benefit victims, provides training for professionals who work with victims, and develops projects to enhance victims' rights and services.