For Immediate Release - April 24, 2014

Clare Namugga of BARCC Receives Victim Services "Advocate of the Year" Award

BOSTON – During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Victim Witness Assistance Board, and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) awarded Clare Namugga of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) the “Advocate of the Year” award at their annual Victim Rights Conference at the Seaport World Trade Center.

The award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to assist victims in their recovery and pursuit of justice.  Ms. Namugga is a Senior Case Manager at BARCC, a rape crisis center serving the greater Boston area, who assists over 200 victims annually to access needed services and supports to recover from sexual violence.  In addition to her direct services work, she actively lobbies state and local leaders to enhance resources available to victims, participates in community events to raise awareness of sexual violence, and provides trainings to providers and communities to prevent sexual abuse.  Prior to working at BARCC, Ms. Namugga worked in Uganda with abandoned orphans and survivors of political trauma and has worked locally with homeless families, political refugees, and immigrant communities to access needed services.

“Victim Rights Month serves as an opportunity to recognize those who have one of the most important and lasting impacts on their communities,” AG Coakley said. “Each of the award recipients have demonstrated a long history of selflessly caring for others and we’re lucky to have each of them serving our fellow residents when they are most vulnerable and in need of compassion and honesty.”

“We are so proud to have Clare Namugga at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center because of her steadfast and caring advocacy for each and every survivor that needs help,” said Gina Scaramella, BARCC’s Executive Director. “We are so appreciative of MOVA for recognizing her work with this prestigious award.”

“Clare is an outstanding candidate to receive this award for her dedicated work to ensure rape survivors receive the supports they need to reclaim their lives,” said Liam Lowney, MOVA’s Executive Director. “Her efforts to secure needed resources like safe and affordable housing and educating the community on sexual violence continues to make a real difference in the lives of survivors throughout the greater Boston area.”

For further information on the Victim Rights Month events and this year’s award recipients, please visit MOVA’s website www.mass.gov/mova or call 617-586-1340.