TMC honored by county attorney for support of victims of sexual assault, strangulation

National Victims' Rights Week

Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall, right, thanks Judy Rich for TMC’s long-term commitment to victims of sexual assault and strangulation.

Tucson Medical Center and TMC President and CEO Judy Rich were recognized this week by Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Rich accepted an award on behalf of TMC for the hospital’s commitment to survivors of sexual assault and strangulation. TMC has partnered with the Pima County Attorney’s Office for nearly two decades to provide compassionate care to victims and to support the collection of evidence through forensic examinations.

TMC has a dedicated room–away from all the hustle and bustle off the main Emergency Department–fitted with special forensic equipment to gather evidence of rape and strangulation. In addition, victims receive medical, emotional and practical care as they begin the healing process.

Also recognized at the ceremony Tuesday night at Z Mansion downtown was Sharon Welch, a former TMC nurse, for her continued work with the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault as a forensic nurse examiner for strangulation victims, using a protocol developed, in part, by Stephanie Noriega, another honoree from Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.

National Victims’ Rights Week recognizes that serving victims and rebuilding their trust, restores not only hope to survivors, but to the communities in which we all live.

“This evening we re-dedicate ourselves to serving victims, building trust and restoring hope for justice and healing,” LaWall said. “We dedicate ourselves to assisting victims so that they may find support, justice and peace.”

Jaimie Jill Leon-Guerrero was the Voice of Courage honoree for her dedication to public education and awareness of the devastating consequences of impaired driving. When Leon-Guerreo was a Tucson Fire Department emergency dispatcher, she dispatched  EMTs to the scene of a bicyclist fatally hit by a car only to discover later that the victim was her partner, Kris. Other honorees included Jason Frazier, Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Maria Garrick, Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center; and Carol Gaxiola, Homicide Survivors, Inc.

About 150 attended including Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos; representatives from Tucson, Pima Community College and University of Arizona police departments; and legal and nonprofit communities.


  1. Mary H Kmak says:

    Congratulations TMC!
    Mary H Kmak

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