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Frank Marion

2009 Federal Service Award | National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

Frank Marion | Federal Service Award
United States Postal Inspection Service
Washington, DC

For 35 years, Frank Marion has provided unwavering commitment and support to thousands of crime victims with information, referrals, and support within the federal justice system. In 2004, Marion was asked to further develop the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Victim Witness Assistance Program. 

A large percentage of USPIS investigations involve mail fraud, including schemes such as investment, mortgage, consumer, and lottery fraud. Other types of victim-related investigations involve mail theft, identity theft, child exploitation, and violent crimes such as robbery, assault, and murder. These crimes leave thousands of victims in their wake, people of every age and economic status. 

Marion has provided training across the U.S., and in Puerto Rico, encouraging information sharing between federal and state victim service providers. Since 2004, Marion has had a noteworthy impact on agencies’ and professionals’ understanding of and commitment to victims’ rights and services. The USPIS has prompted many efforts to increase public awareness, especially among older Americans, on how to protect themselves from fraud and avoid becoming victims. 

Marion is responsible for the role the USPIS has in responding to the needs of financial and violent crime victims by providing them with the information, support, and referrals to which they are entitled by law. He has bridged the gap between the national agency and local citizens by ensuring the USPIS utilizes available community resources for victims of crime and provides state-of-the-art education and awareness to the community on national issues for victims of crime. 

He has traveled throughout the country to ensure that USPIS, U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, state and local law enforcement agencies, and local victim advocates are communicating with one another to achieve their shared goals. 

Thanks to Marion, the duties and responsibilities of a new support position in each field office, General Analyst, are partly dedicated to serving victims of crime. As a result of his efforts, federal crime victims’ rights and concerns are more central to USPIS investigations. Victims are treated with respect and dignity; they are informed and given a voice. Frank Marion’s leadership and vision continue to shape and strengthen the USPIS Victim Witness Assistance Program. 

Frank Marion was nominated by Jacqueline T. Buckley, General Analyst/Victim Witness Coordinator, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Chicago, Illinois.