As Calvin mentioned in the comments yesterday, Suzanne McDaniel, the founder of the Victim's Assistance Program within the Harris County District Attorney's Office under Carol Vance, passed away last week.
I can't say that I ever met her, but I admire the work of all those in the Victim-Witness field. As a prosecutor, I can't tell you how many times I relied on the wonderful people in Victim-Witness to hold the hand of a victim's family or a survivor of a violent crime.
The compassion that the good people of Victim-Witness show every day is amazing. It isn't amazing that they have compassion, exactly. It is amazing that they are able to get up every day and go to work and have to deal with such sadness. They lend strength and encouragement where there often is none.
There is a very nice article on Ms. McDaniel in the Chronicle today. I just wanted to do a post that people around the CJC were welcome to comment on here as well.