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Minnesota Guardsman Honored for Her Work Against Domestic Violence

Diaz award ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project recently honored Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jennifer Diaz, the Minnesota National Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, with the "Journey of Hope" award for her efforts to bring safety and justice to victims and survivors of domestic violence.

The BWLAP is a dynamic, state-wide program that serves battered women, their advocates, attorneys, and the general public. The organization is constantly reacting and evolving to meet the legal needs of battered women. In many cases they are the first resource victims turn to following a domestic violence incident.

According to Chief Diaz, the BWLAP's mission goes beyond responding to legal issues that arise from an episode of domestic violence.

"We are a unique agency that advocates for system change, advocates to secure access to justice and advocates to improve the legal system's response to battered women and children."

The Journey of Hope award recognizes individuals who are dedicated to ending violence against women and children by developing resources and facilitating social change. Diaz's work in the sexual violence field did not go unnoticed by the BWLAP.

"I think with this award and the education we are giving, it is showing the public that we truly do care about what happens to our Service members and that we take every report of sexual violence seriously and that we advocate for our victim-survivors."

As the Minnesota National Guard's Sexual Assault Response Coordinator, Diaz works tirelessly to execute the Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Richard Nash's priority that:

"Every Service member, at every level in our military, must know, understand, and adhere to service values and standards of behavior in order to eliminate sexual assault, and other inappropriate behavior and feel comfortable reporting incidents of sexual assault IOT maintain personnel readiness and to assure a competent and ready force."

Despite her successes, Diaz knows there is more work to be done and she hopes to build on her goal "to lead a culture change about sexual violence so all of our members feel safe in their place of duty."

Diaz is the first Minnesota National Guard member to be recognized for her efforts by the BWLAP.

November 10, 2015
by Sgt. Robert Brown
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs



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