This award, named in honor of Gail Burns-Smith, a visionary woman who expanded the thinking and actions of two previously disconnected groups of professionals, is intended to ensure that this important collaboration is continued and expanded by other forward-thinking leaders.
One award will be granted annually. Award recipients will receive the following:
The award is jointly sponsored by the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) , two organizations with similar missions and goals.
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This innovative program then became the national model for such programs and Gail provided the vision and the support to make this unique collaboration possible.
She worked tirelessly to ensure that everyone had access to services they need. Gail ensured that the needs of Spanish speaking victims were met, by implementing a statewide Spanish hotline, one of only two in the country. At the same time, she secured funding to hire bilingual/bicultural Spanish-speaking advocates at six sexual assault crisis centers in the state. To meet the needs of deaf and hearing impaired victims, Gail acquired funding in 1997 to provide TTY machines for each of the sexual assault crisis centers.
2014 nominations are due by May 31, 2014. To nominate a candidate for the Gail Burns-Smith Award submit the following to:
Awards Committee Chair,
Via Email 
Or Mail: ATSA Office, 4900 SW Griffith Drive, Ste 274, Beaverton, Oregon 97005
Please note: Current Board Members and Employees of ATSA and/or PCAR/NSVRC are not eligible for this award.
The recipient will be informed in July and the award will be presented at both the ATSA Annual Research and Treatment Conference and the National Sexual Assault Conference.
2013 Award Winner Steve Bengis. Read press release .
2012 Award Winner Lindsay Palmer. Read press release .
Lindsay Palmer began serving as Director of Education for King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (KCSARC) in 1999. She is responsible for developing and, with KCSARC prevention education specialists, implementing a full range of education and prevention programs for the community. The scope of her department including professional training, community development programs aimed at preventing sexual assault, and system change work with the sex offender management system at the local, county and state level.
2011 Award Winner Alison Hall. Read press release .
2010 Award Winner Elizabeth Barnhill. Read press release .
Elizabeth Barnhill, Executive Director of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, receives the Gail Burns-Smith Award (from Delilah Rumburg, Executive Director of PCAR, and Maia Christopher, Executive Director of ATSA, not pictured) during National Sexual Assault Conference, Sept. 1, 2010 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif.
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