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January 15, 2016  RSS feed
Social Services

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Gulf Coast JF&CS honors its ‘Survivors of Torture’ program director

Gladys Schutz presents the award to Sylvia Acevedo Gladys Schutz presents the award to Sylvia Acevedo Sylvia Acevedo has aided countless victims of torture and sexual abuse, quietly doing good work for years, but recently, her work received recognition when she was awarded the 2015 Gladys Schutz Exceptional Leadership Award from her employer, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services.

“With this award and check, we hope to bring joy to your life as you bring joy to others,” said Gladys Schutz as she presented a trophy and monetary award to Acevedo at the agency’s annual directors meeting in December.

In 2011, Gulf Coast established the award to be given to one agency director who goes above and beyond his or her job and conveys extraordinary leadership in their work. Staff members nominate directors and the recipients is decided by Gulf Coast’s executive team, along with Schutz and Jay Miller, board chair.

Acevedo is the director of the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture and Resettlement, the only torture rehabilitation program in the state of Florida. She attained her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lynn University and a master’s from St. Thomas University School of Law in Intercultural Human Rights, where she focused her thesis on domestic and international laws related to human trafficking victims.

Acevedo has more than 25 years of social service experience dedicating 15 years specifically to overseeing sexual and gender-based violence programs. Prior to moving to the Tampa Bay area, She oversaw the advocacy and outreach services for a domestic violence program in Broward County.

The award was named after Schutz because of her unwavering devotion to philanthropic causes, especially her long time association with Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services. She was founding chair of the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture advisory board and has travelled to both Tallahassee and Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of the agency’s refugee and children’s programs, speaking with passion that these vulnerable populations need a helping hand.

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