Congressman Ted Poe will present the first national Congressional Victims Rights Caucus awards on Friday for exemplary service to crime victims. The awards ceremony is being held in conjunction with the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) Forum and 2006 National Crime Victims Rights Week.

Five national awards will be presented to recipients who have made significant contributions to the crime victims services field by sharing their expertise with others and by ensuring that crime victims rights and needs are addressed on a daily basis. Houstonian Elaine Stolte, Executive Director of the Houston Childrens Assessment Center will be a recipient of the Ed Stout Memorial Award for Outstanding Victim Advocacy on behalf of victims and survivors of crime.

Congressman Poe founded and co-chairs the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus. The caucus is co-chaired by Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA) and Congresswoman Katherine Harris (R-FL). Poe, a lifelong advocate for victims, has twice spearheaded the effort to save Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding. He has over 22 years experience dealing with criminal cases as a felony court judge and a prosecutor and is a leading authority on crime, justice, and childrens issues.

Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national group of its kind in the worldwide victims movement. NOVAs mission is to promote rights and services for victims of crime and crisis everywhere. For more information, visit

WHEN: Friday April 21, 2006
11:30 amawards ceremony

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2360
Washington, DC 20515