THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Chicago, Illinois) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release August 3, 1999
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES KATHRYN M. TURMAN AS DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR
VICTIMS OF CRIME AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
The President today announced his intent to nominate Ms. Kathryn M. Turman to serve as Director of the Office for Victims of Crime at the Department of Justice.
Ms. Kathryn M. Turman, of Alexandria, Virginia, has served as the Acting Director of the Office for Victims of Crime since July 1998. From 1995-1998, she was the Chief of the Victim Witness Assistant Unit in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. From 1993-1995, she was a Senior Associate for Public Administration Services, working on a program designed to assist communities in addressing the needs of child victims and their families. From 1991-1993, she was Director of the Missing and Exploited Children's Program in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the Department of Justice. She previously worked as Special Assistant to U.S. Senator John Heinz (R-PA). She serves on the National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence at the Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice. Previously, she served on the Advisory Board of the National Resource Center on Child Fatalities, the Advisory Commission of the Appeals Board for the District of Columbia Crime Victim's Compensation Program, and on the board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Ms. Turman is a native of Tyler, Texas and received a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Texas.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) within the Office of Justice Programs 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. The 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.