McGrath Honors Gloria Edwards, Outstanding Crime Victim Advocate
HELENA – Attorney General Mike McGrath Tuesday honored outstanding crime victims’ advocate Gloria Edwards of Bozeman in a ceremony at the Bozeman Law and Justice Center.
“Gloria is the undisputed matriarch of crime victims’ advocates in Montana,” McGrath said. “She has been the mentor – guiding, inspiring and making sure that others got the recognition they deserved.”
Edwards became Gallatin County’s first-ever victim witness advocate in 1993, when then-County Attorney Mike Salvagni hired her.
“I have often said that my hiring Gloria Edwards as Gallatin County’s first victim witness advocate was one of the best administrative decisions I made in my 14 years as County Attorney,” he wrote in a letter supporting Edwards’ nomination. Salvagni, now a district judge, also praised her “ingenuity, persistence and sensitivity to victims’ needs.”
Other letters supporting Edwards’ nomination praised her “vision and foresight,” and “unwavering dedication.”
Edwards recently left the Gallatin County Victim Witness Assistance Program to become the Executive/Network Director of Family Promise of Gallatin Valley, a network of congregations that seeks to help homeless families with children.
Each April the Attorney General’s Office honors outstanding victim advocates. April 23-28 is Montana Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Nominees were evaluated based on their specific efforts on behalf of crime victims; length of service in the field; their role in relation to a victim service program and outstanding efforts on behalf of victims.