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 March 7th, 2006  
St. Lucie Sheriff’s Victim Advocate Lissette Maldonado honored by Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center
Lissette Maldonado, a victim advocate for the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, has been honored by the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, at its 10th anniversary dinner in Miami.

Ms. Maldonado was one of three honorees selected by the group. The other two were Congressman Kendrick B. Meek and FBI Special agent Alex D. Rivas.

The recognition took place March 6.

"Lissette Maldonado has done an outstanding job as victim advocate since she joined the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office in November 2001", said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. “Her honor from the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center reflects her hard work and dedication.”

Here is the text of the advocacy center’s reasons for honoring Ms. Maldonado:

"Lissette Maldonado has been one of the few bilingual victim advocates in law enforcement on the Treasure Coast for many years. She has sensitized those with whom she works to the trauma, fears and cultural barriers that many undoc­umented immigrant victims experience. Ms. Maldonado has repeatedly gone above and beyond her job duties to ensure that victims of domestic abuse and other violent crimes receive the services they need to sustain themselves and live normal lives, without fear of deportation. Working closely with FIAC, Ms. Maldonado has assisted immigrant victims in preparing detailed affidavits, which has expedited the immigration process."

According to the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center’s website, the group "is a not-for-profit legal assistance organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants of all nationalities at the local, state and national levels."

The group’s website address is: www.fiacfla.org.

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