Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman is being honored yet again for her efforts to protect children and youths. The 47-year-old D.A. is in New York City tonight accepting the National Child Labor Committee's Lewis Hine Award.
The award is named for a photographer who documented exploitation of children in the early 20th century, and honors "individuals who, as professionals or volunteers, give of themselves and go the extra mile for the wellbeing of young people," according to a NCLC press release.
As Montco's chief prosecutor, Ferman helped found the Montgomery Child Advocacy Project to get pro bono legal services for abused children, and the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center, which coordinates government and social services responses to create a more comfortable environment for young victims.
On her own time, Ferman participates in bike rides and fundraisers for police and child-centered charities.
In November, she was the top honoree in L'Oreal's "Woman of Worth" competition. The award carried a $35,000 check for Mission Kids.