The Director of Victim Services for the Dawson Country District Attorney's Office has been named the District Attorneys' Victim Advocate of the Year for the State of Georgia.
Katie Strayhorn received the honor Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia’s Victim Witness Advocates annual conference at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
Strayhorn graduated from the National Victim’s Assistance Academy at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1998 and received a bachelors degree in social work from Jacksonville State University in 1996, according to the Dawson County DA's office.
She has been a certified forensic interviewer of children since 2006. In addition, Strayhorn is a member of Georgia’s Sexual Offender Registration Review Board, for which she had served as chairwoman for four years.
"She has been a victim advocate for 18 years in our office, providing thousands of victim services during that time," District Attorney Lee Darragh said in a press statement.
"Katie is a fierce advocate for children and adult crime victims and works tirelessly to ensure all victims are treated with fairness and dignity and in accordance with Georgia’s Victims Bill of Rights. We are blessed with Katie’s presence and work in our office and we are very proud of this well-deserved recognition," Darragh said.