National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 21-27

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa Celebrates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 21-27. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa is commemorating this important awareness week by announcing winners of Law Enforcement Victim Services Awards.

In 2022, there were nearly 20 million crime victimizations in the United States. More than 6.6 million were the result of violent crimes, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and simple assault. Of that 6.6 million, only about 42% were reported to police.

This year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme is “How would you help? Options, services and hope for crime survivors.” Victims and survivors must have an environment to feel safe talking about what happened to them. The theme aims to ensure that everyone in a community knows where and how crime victims and survivors can find help — including friends, family members, colleagues, neighbors, service providers or other trusted members of the community.

This week, U.S. Attorney Timothy T. Duax announced winners for the Law Enforcement Victim Services Awards in the Northern District of Iowa. This award is presented to law enforcement officers in Iowa who go beyond the call of duty to help crime victims. It is the highest federal honor in Iowa for victim services by a law enforcement officer. The following individuals won the award based on service to victims:

• Detective Ian Mallory, graduate of South Tama County High School, of the University of Iowa Police Department, in recognition of his outstanding investigative and advocacy work that led to the successful discovery and prosecution of Matthew Keirans, perpetrator of a sophisticated, three-decades-old, aggravated identity theft. The vulnerable victim of Keirans’ scam maintained his true identity even after he was jailed, found mentally incompetent and ordered to receive psychotropic medication. But for Detective Mallory’s open mindedness, patience and diligence, this victim would have remained the target of a scam that fooled other law enforcement officers, courts, banks and government officials. Detective Mallory’s persistence and commitment to finding justice for this victim is a credit to himself, the University of Iowa Police Department and the entire Iowa law enforcement community.

To learn more about how to support all victims of crime, visit the Office for Victims of Crime’s website at ovc.ojp.gov.