Wednesday, June 21, 2023

FBI Honors "From Silenced to Saved" for Outstanding Contributions to Human Trafficking Victims

Denver, CO - The FBI Denver field office hosted a special ceremony to honor Jenelle Goodrich and her organization, From Silenced to Saved, as the recipient of the prestigious 2022 FBI Director's Community Leadership Award. This recognition celebrates Goodrich's exceptional work in supporting recovered victims of human trafficking in Colorado.

FBI Denver nominated Goodrich for the award based on From Silenced to Saved's remarkable contributions to the community. As a third-party case management organization, they play a vital role in assisting the FBI and other government agencies in domestic sex-trafficking investigations. Goodrich and her team are dedicated to providing essential services to help rehabilitate and empower recovered victims.

Special Agent in Charge Mark Michalek expressed his admiration for Goodrich and her organization's commitment to assisting recovered victims. He highlighted their collaboration with community partners to bridge the gap between law enforcement and support services. "We are proud to partner with From Silenced to Saved and congratulate them on receiving this well-deserved recognition," said Special Agent Michalek.

In the Denver metropolitan area, the FBI's Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force collaborates with federal, state, and local partners to investigate human trafficking cases and rescue victims. From Silenced to Saved is the only non-governmental organization that works closely with the task force members and victim specialists. They provide on-scene assistance during national operations, offering emergency services such as transportation, lodging, food, and clothing to those in need.

The efforts of From Silenced to Saved not only empower victims to seek justice but also exemplify the power of collaboration in combating human trafficking. Their work is instrumental in raising awareness, providing support, and ensuring the safety of vulnerable individuals.

Established in 1990, the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award (DCLA) recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to crime prevention and community safety. Each year, field offices select recipients on behalf of the FBI Director to honor their remarkable support.

FBI Director Christopher Wray commended the 2022 DCLA winners during a ceremony held at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He emphasized the significance of partnerships in safeguarding communities. Director Wray acknowledged that the recipients, like the dedicated employees of the FBI, carry out their work not for personal gain but out of kindness and compassion for others.

The FBI Denver field office extends its gratitude to Jenelle Goodrich and From Silenced to Saved for their invaluable contributions in Colorado. They are wished continued success in their mission to make a positive difference in the lives of human trafficking victims.

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