Nancy J. Cotterman Center Administrator Receives Victim Assistance Professional Award

Author:  Mandy Wells
Broward Victim's Rights Coalition honors victims advocate Miriam Firpo-Jiménez  BROWARD COUNTY, FL - April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to encourage and support victims of sexual assault and abuse as well as honor outstanding community advocates for victim's rights. 

image003The Broward Victim's Rights Coalition, a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to supporting the rights of crime victims has selected Miriam Firpo-Jiménez, Administrator of the Broward County Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC), as recipient of the agency's Janita Lee Victim Assistance Professional Award.

The annual award presented to Ms. Firpo-Jiménez on April 7, 2017, recognizes an individual who excels in providing and expanding services for crime victims above and beyond their typical responsibilities.

"Ms. Firpo-Jiménez is a true victim's rights defender. Her compassionate, caring manner in combination with her tenacious determination to promote victims' rights to access services for healing, make her so deserving of this honor," said Mandy Wells, Director, Broward County Community Partnerships Division.

Ms. Firpo-Jiménez is NJCC's advocate extraordinaire working long hours behind the scenes to ensure the best standard of care is provided to all victims. She is credited with identifying gaps in services and creatively finding solutions to expand access and fill the needs of a variety of populations, especially those who have no voice. 

Ms. Firpo-Jiménez has been working in the field of victim services for more than 20 years. She began her work at the Nancy J. Cotterman Center as a Child Protection Team Coordinator and worked her way up the ranks to her present position as Agency Administrator. Victim services has been her life's work and continues to be her passion. During her acceptance of this prestigious award, Ms. Firpo-Jiménez, thanked the NJCC staff as she noted that it takes a village to protect children and ensure that sexual assault survivors are believed.