Kansas mother, Missey Smith, founded the Kelsey Smith Foundation after her daughter was murdered in Overland Park in 2007.
In addition, she has also lobbied for the Kelsey Smith Act, a proposed federal law that would require phone companies to provide cell phone location to law enforcement officials in an emergency.
Her service to crime victims will be recognized by the Justice Department, as she will receive the Ronald Reagan Public Policy Award honoring leadership, vision, and innovation to foster changes in public policy and practice that benefit crime victims.
Smith is just one of 12 people and programs who will be honored for their dedication at the annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. on April 12.
“Victims of crime deserve justice,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “During this National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we pause to remember the millions of Americans who have been victims of crime and we thank public servants who have served them in especially heroic ways.”