NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center has been re-accredited as a model program by the National Children Alliance for its work with vulnerable young victims of abuse and trafficking, Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro announced Tuesday.
"We are delighted by this well-deserved recognition for the CAC and its important work," Cannizzaro said before hosting a protocol-signing ceremony at the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office. "Executive Director Stacie Leblanc and her team have created a world-class facility for the intake and treatment of abused children here in our city.
"In addition to serving the needs of these young victims, the CAC remains a powerful resource and ally to law enforcement. They frequently provide investigators and prosecutors with the delicate forensic interviews and important medical examinations that enable justice to be served upon the abusers."
Joining the District Attorney and Leblanc at Tuesday's signing ceremony were Children's Hospital CEO John Nickens IV; NOPD Deputy Supt. John Thomas; Val Burris, area director of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services; and Lisa Ripp, a sexual assault survivor and victims advocate who contributed "Lisa's Room," a welcoming play area for children who visit the DA's office during the course of an abuser's prosecution.
The New Orleans CAC was recognized by the NCA as a model program in 2014 before repeating the achievement this year.