- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A North Dakota organization is being honored with the state’s first FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award that recognizes groups for public service.

Sanford Health Dakota Children’s Advocacy Center was tapped as the 2016 recipient Tuesday for its work with child abuse victims by helping them through the process of social services, crime investigation and mental health care.

According to the FBI, Jessica Ahmann and Shannon Hilfer were specifically recognized for their work. Ahmann examines and collects information from child victims, leading to the identification and conviction of abusers. Hilfer has worked with children from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and has broken open abuse investigations there.

The award was established in 1990 and annually recognizes groups and individuals for their contributions to civil rights and violence prevention and education.

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