Sen. Cleveland honored with children’s advocacy award

The Children’s Justice Center in Vancouver realized long ago children who are suspected victims of assault should not be on the hook to pay for their physical examinations.

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, worked for three years to create a crime victim compensation coverage fund.

 “Sen. Cleveland was the sole legislator that recognized the importance of this medical need for abused children and sponsored a bill,” said Mary Blanchette, the executive director of the Children’s Justice Center.

Earlier this week, Blanchette awarded Cleveland with the “children’s advocacy award” for her work.

“Now every child in Washington state has access to this crucial medical assistance due to her efforts,” Blanchette wrote.

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake

Lauren Dake covers politics for The Columbian. You can reach her at 360-735-4534 or Follow her on Twitter .

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