Judge Amy McCartney Honored with 2020 VYJ Hero of the Year Award

Judge Amy McCartney Honored with 2020 VYJ Hero of the Year Award
Judge Amy McCartney Honored with 2020 VYJ Hero of the Year Award

A surprised look is just what you can expect and what those in attendance at Judge Amy Burford McCartney got when she entered the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Training Facility on April 21. Volunteers for Youth Justice had the judge’s staff, family and close friends quietly working on the surprise event where they wanted to present the 42nd District Judge an award as VYJ Hero of the Year for 2020.

Judge McCartney arrived to a room full of people, including her husband, son and family, with Sheriff Jayson Richardson, who had gotten her to the facility with the guise of having a meeting that they both needed to attend. She was met at the door by representatives of VYJ and voices shouting “Surprise” in unison.

The Volunteers for Youth Justice Hero of the Year Award is given to an individual who exemplifies the VYJ mission of providing a community to care for children, youth and families in crisis. Through collaboration with Judge McCartney and the DeSoto Parish Court Staff, VYJ has been able to expand Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and TBRI (Trust Based Intervention) programs to DeSoto Parish over the past three years.

 

 

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