Washington, DC - Attorney General William P. Barr announced the recipients for the 33rd Annual Attorney General’s Volunteer Awards Ceremony, awarded to those within the Department of Justice, and members of the general public, who have shown admirable dedication to improving their communities. These awards are separated into two different categories, the Attorney General’s Volunteer Award for Community Service and the Attorney General’s Citizen Volunteer Service Award.

The first award, the Attorney General’s Volunteer Award for Community Service, is awarded to an employee or group of employees from the Department, who have shown exemplary community service efforts. The recipients of this year’s award are:

  • Brian K. Caserta, U.S. Marshal Service, for his work with the Sports Training Academics Recreation/Police Athletics League to empower youth and build a safer community through positive encounters with law enforcement in San Diego, California;
  • Roland L. Hankey II, FBI, for his service as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Culpeper County (Virginia) Volunteer Rescue Squad;
  • Drew Yeates, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, for his sustained pro bona work with the Safe Harbor Crisis Center in Layton, Utah, assisting victims of domestic violence.

The second award, the Attorney General’s Citizen Volunteer Service Award, is awarded to members of the public for their outstanding volunteer contributions towards the Department’s mission. The recipients of this year’s award are:

  • Laura D. Martin and Patricia A. Torchia, for their volunteer service providing inmates with re-entry life skills at the Federal Medical Center - Rochester, Minnesota;
  • Max Schachter, for his relentless work supporting the creation of national school safety best practices as Founder and CEO of Safe Schools for Alex.

“Today we honor these exceptional men and women for their remarkable contributions to protecting and improving their communities,” said Attorney General William P. Barr. “To take only a few examples, they have strived to keep schoolchildren safe, empowered victims of domestic violence, provided inmates with re-entry life skills, and fostered trust between law enforcement and youth. Our awardees’ communities have been made immeasurably better for their efforts. The Department of Justice and a grateful country thank them for their work.”