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Safe Horizon’s Maureen Curtis and Amy Edelstein Recognized at the New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers 6th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner


Maureen Curtis and Amy Edelstein Receive Recognition for Their Work with Victims’ Agency

(New York, NY) – December 6, 2012 – The New York City Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NYC) hosts its 6th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner tonight, an event held every year to recognize social work leaders who have made substantive contributions to the field and demonstrated outstanding leadership, expertise and dedication to the profession and to the improvement of social and human conditions in the New York City area. Honors are awarded to individuals in three different categories: Top Leaders in the Profession, Mid-Career Exemplary Leaders and Emerging Leaders.

This year, Safe Horizon’s Maureen Curtis and Amy Edelstein are among the 26 award recipients selected by NASW-NYC out of a pool of outstanding candidates. Maureen Curtis, Associate Vice President of Safe Horizon’s Criminal Justice Programs, is one of the 10 Mid-Career Exemplary Leaders being recognized today along with Amy Edelstein, Manager for Safe Horizon’s Community and Family Court programs in Staten Island, who has been chosen as an Emerging Leader in the field.

Maureen Curtis is responsible for development and oversight of Safe Horizon’s Criminal Justice Programs in 25 locations city-wide. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of victimization and has extensive knowledge of victims' rights within the criminal justice and housing systems. At Safe Horizon, she has been instrumental in creating and introducing a new practice for staff in their work with clients and led the training for supervisors in the implementation of this model of client centered practice. Curtis has designed and provided training for law enforcement and community members on the topics of victim safety, offender accountability, housing options, and the criminal justice response to domestic violence. Her work with senior level staff in the NYPD and New York City Housing Authority led to changes in policies that impact victims citywide. Curtis is a licensed social worker and also holds a Masters in Public Health.

“Maureen’s commitment to victims’ rights, along with her extensive knowledge and experience in the field make her an ideal candidate for this award,” said Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon. “We are very proud of the work she does for Safe Horizon and are pleased that her exemplary work through the Criminal Justice Programs is being recognized by her professional community.”

Amy Edelstein has been devoted to ending violence against women and girls for the past ten years. Formerly Safe Horizon’s Rape Crisis Coordinator, Edelstein is currently the Manager of Safe Horizon’s Staten Island Community and Family Court programs, working with survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse. She works in coordination with the Staten Island District Attorney's Office, Staten Island hospitals, as well as many educational institutions city-wide. Edelstein is a frequent speaker and organizer of lectures and events dedicated to promoting awareness and prevention around sexual violence, focusing on topics such the impact of sexual violence on women and girls, healthy relationships, personal safety, gender roles and social norms, and violence prevention. Edelstein received her social work master's from Fordham University School of Social Services.

“Amy’s exceptional work with survivors of rape and sexual assault is truly an inspiration,” said Liz Roberts, Chief Program Officer of Safe Horizon. “Amy’s expertise not only benefits Safe Horizon’s clients, but extends to helping influence her community’s awareness and understanding of victimization, rape and sexual assault. It is extremely rewarding to see her work recognized as an Emerging Leader in the field.”

About Safe Horizon
Safe Horizon is the largest victims’ services agency in the United States, with more than 50 locations touching the lives of 250,000 children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Since 1978, Safe Horizon has provided victims of domestic violence, child abuse, human trafficking, rape and sexual assault, as well as homeless youth and families of homicide victims, with a wide range of comprehensive support.  Our programs also partner with governmental and other community agencies so we can offer additional assistance, including finding resources for those living outside New York City. For more information, please visit us online at

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