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Washington County prosecutor recognized for work with victims

May 12, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion received a 2005 Governor's Victim Assistance Award last week during a ceremony in Annapolis.

Cirincion, who has been a prosecutor in Washington County since 1994, was nominated for the award by the county State's Attorney's Office's Victim Witness Unit, said Jill Ritter, the unit's director.

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. presented 27 people and five organizations "for their unselfish devotion to crime victims in Maryland" during a luncheon, sponsored by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention and the Maryland State Board of Victim Services, according to the Maryland Web site.

"I really appreciate the honor," Cirincion said Thursday. "It is so nice to have my work with victims recognized, and I'm grateful to work with the unit that nominated me."

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According to the nomination letter, Cirincion, the office's designated child abuse prosecutor, always takes the time to meet with victims, at times visiting them at their homes, and creates strong bonds with victims and families of victims who are going through the court process.

The mission of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, which was created in 1995, aims to target high-risk offenders, reclaim at-risk neighborhoods, protect and support victims, and prevent youth violence, drug use and gangs, according to a written release.

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