For Immediate Release - April 27, 2007

Victim/Witness Advocates Honored For Decades Of Outstanding Service

Three victim/witness advocates from the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett, who have dedicated a total of 65 years to helping crime victims and their families, were honored yesterday at the State House in Boston.

Cheryl Watson, Chief of Victim/Witness Services for the Essex District Attorney's Office, was recognized for 20 years of outstanding service, as was Victim/Witness Advocate Elida Hem Kim. Ms. Watson oversees 28 advocates from her Salem office, while Ms. Kim provides assistance to victims and witnesses at Lynn District Court.

Victim/Witness Advocate Tyler Burke, who works in the Gloucester and Ipswich District Courts, was cited for 25 years of dedicated service.

"These three women bring tremendous ability, intelligence and compassion to their jobs each and every day," said District Attorney Blodgett. "The citizens of Essex County are extremely well-served by these dedicated advocates, and I am truly honored to have them on my staff."