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Dan Eddy

2008 Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award | National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

Dan Eddy | Ronald Wilson Reagan Public Policy Award
National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards
Alexandria, Virginia

Dan Eddy is the Executive Director of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards (NACVCB), which provides training, technical assistance, and support to all victim compensation programs in the United States. When he took the position in 1988, seven states had no victim compensation programs. Of course, he helped these states establish their own programs so that crime victims everywhere in the United States could seek financial reimbursement. 

Such action was not surprising to those who knew Eddy. In his previous position as Director of the Crime Victims Project for the National Association of Attorneys General, he had crafted model legislation for implementing several of the recommendations from President Reagan's Task Force on Victims of Crime, including instituting that victim and witness addresses must be kept confidential; extending the statute of limitations for offenses against children; and reforming the bail and sentencing systems. 

In 2000, he helped to develop and publish a protocol, Response to Mass Casualty Incidents for Crime Victim Compensation Programs, and after September 11, 2001, he updated it to reflect the new challenges compensation programs were facing throughout the country. 

More recently, Eddy completed an all-encompassing Crime Victim Compensation Manager's Guidebook that covers state and federal responsibilities under the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). His experience in the crime victim service field, however, does not stop with victim compensation; he also has worked with advocates to promote all areas of crime victims' rights and the services victims deserve. He has planned conferences with the Office for Victims of Crime to bring together representatives of compensation programs and their colleagues who administer state VOCA assistance programs, so they can work together to provide better services. 

In short, Eddy has dedicated 23 years of his professional life to crime victim compensation and to ensuring justice for all crime victims. 

Dan Eddy was nominated by Frank S. Henderson, Jr., President of the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards, and received a letter of support from Judge Ted Poe, Member of Congress, 2d District, Texas.