EDINBURG – Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office Victims Unit Director Rosie Martinez was recognized as a National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) 2017 Honored Victim Advocate in the category of Pioneers in Advocacy.  This title is a tribute to outstanding leadership and tireless efforts to advancing crime victim’s rights.

Martinez was nominated and selected for this distinguished award by her colleagues and peers. 

“Her unwavering dedication to assisting and empowering victims and survivors of crime is an inspiration to many,” said Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.  “Her extraordinary compassion, leadership and ingenuity in her work has helped countless victims and survivors begin to heal in the aftermath of a crime.”

As a NOVA 2017 Honored Victim Advocate, Martinez will be submitted for consideration as a recipient for the Margery Fry Victim Service Practitioner Award, which will be announced at the NOVA 43rd Annual Training event scheduled for August 14-17 in San Diego, Calif.

“I am overwhelmed by joy and I am so proud and honored to be recognized for this award,” said Martinez. “This is not just a recognition of my professional life but a recognition of the work of the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office Victims Unit and the County of Hidalgo for their support in our program and mission to serve victims of crime.”