Lisa Bloch Rodwin, an Erie County Family Court judge and a former domestic violence prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office, will be honored Thursday for her career-long efforts to protect the rights of crime victims and their families, with particular focus on women and children.
Bloch Rodwin will be in Washington, D.C., to receive the Lois Haight Award of Excellence and Innovation from the U.S. Congressional Victims' Rights Caucus. The award recognizes people who have helped change public policy in ways that promote dignity, respect, rights and services for victims of crime.
The judge was nominated for the award by Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, who praised her work at a gathering Monday in a Buffalo courtroom.
Higgins lauded Bloch Rodwin for starting the Domestic Violence Bureau in the DA's Office, working with refugee families and starting the Family Justice Center to assist child victims of abuse.