LIVINGSTON – Tameka White, victim’s assistance coordinator for the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, was named the CrimeFighters Victims’ Services Advocate of the Year.
“Tameka has been an asset to the District Attorney’s Office over the years,” District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said.
“She brings with her a wealth of knowledge to provide the best services to victims of crime, she promotes relationships of trust and respect throughout the team and community,” Perrilloux said.
“To be a great advocate one must reveal true humility by showing the gentleness of Christ by always being ready to help others, by speaking kind words and performing unselfish acts, which elevate and enables the most sacred message that has come to our world,” White said.
Perrilloux said White received the award for her work with victims of crimes in the 21st Judicial District, which includes Livingston, St. Helena, and Tangipahoa parishes.
White coordinates and assigns cases to her team of victim advocates, the intermediary between the victim and the criminal justice system, the prosecutor said.
White is available inside and outside the courtroom, to answer questions about victim’s cases, provide support and counseling services, and information about the court process, he said.
White has been with the District Attorney’s Office since 1996, when she started as a part-time student worker in the Juvenile and Worthless Checks Division.
Upon graduation, she became an victim’s advocate in 2001. She holds a bachelor of arts in criminal justice, a post-baccalaureate degree in elementary education and a master of education in counseling education all from Southeastern Louisiana University.
She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
A board member of Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment (SAFE) and the Governor’s Crime Victims’ Reparations Board, she is an independent/private mental health counselor as well.
CrimeFighters has been active for 26 years in all 64 parishes fighting for victims to provide services that have assisted thousands of victims navigate the criminal justice system.