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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa Honors Danielle Quiroga with Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Award

Apr 6, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) presented Danielle Quiroga with the Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award from the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus.  Danielle is a survivor of a terrorism inspired incident that took place on November 4, 2015 on the University of California, Merced campus.

“It was an honor to present Danielle Quiroga with the Eva Murillo Unsung Hero Award from the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus,” said Congressman Jim Costa. “Even after experiencing a devastating trauma, Danielle has kept her spirits high. Danielle’s positive outlook on life has helped her, her family and witnesses of the horrific incident cope with the tragedy. Danielle is an inspiration to all of us, and it was truly an honor for her to be in Washington, D.C. to accept the award.”

"I am incredibly humbled and honored to have been awarded the Eva Murillo Unspoken Hero Award from the Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus,” said Danielle Quiroga. “This award is such a honor for me and for my family. I was blessed to have such a supportive group of warriors behind me and I would love to share this award with them. Thank you so much to Congressman Costa for such an amazing opportunity to come out to Washington, D.C. We are looking forward to being involved in more victims’ advocacy events this week and continuing to tour our nation’s capital. The sights are breathtaking." 

The Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus was founded in 2005 by the co-chairs, Representatives Jim Costa and Ted Poe. The mission of the Caucus is to elevate crime victim issues in Congress in a bipartisan manner without infringing on the rights of the accused, and to represent and advocate before the Administration and within the Congress on behalf of crime victims. 

Since 2006, the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus has honored outstanding individuals, agencies and collaborative initiatives whose efforts directly benefit victims and survivors of crime, and promote individual and public safety.  The Caucus hosts an annual awards ceremony on Capitol Hill around the annual commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (which in 2017, is scheduled for the week of April 2-8). 

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