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Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been selected to receive the John Edward Smith Award by the benevolent organization Lawyers for Children America in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children including those who have been victims of Human Trafficking.

Lawyers for Children America (LFCA) is a leading non-profit child advocacy organization protecting the rights of children who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect, by providing quality pro bono legal representation and collaborating for systematic change to improve the lives of children.

My desire to help make this community better is my motivator to serve as Dade`s State Attorney, commented State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Finding ways to improve our community and make it a safer place to live and raise our families has been one of the challenges I have readily accepted. I am truly honored to have been chosen by such a group of true humanitarians to receive this recognition.

In June 1995, at a ceremony hosted by then Attorney General Janet Reno in the Great Hall of the Department of Justice, LFCA was launched as a national initiative. Since 2002, LFCA has leveraged over $3 million in pro bono legal time and in-kind contributions through its network of law firms, volunteers and participating organizations. Since its inception, the organization has provided pro bono advocacy services to over 1,300 children.

Each year, LFCA honors individual lawyers and law firms for their commitment and dedication to the organization.

Lawyers for Children America will present the John Edward Smith Award to State Attorney Fernandez Rundle during the organization`s annual awards luncheon which will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 at Noon, at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami.

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