#ShineYourLight – Paula Bradison
Victims for Justice was established in 1985 following a horrible crime in the Anchorage community—the murder of Janice Lienhart and Sharon Nahorney’s parents and their aunt. Neither Janice nor Sharon were allowed to defend their lost loved ones in court. This spurred in them a passion to fight for victims’ rights in Alaska—They wanted to create a local place where victims of violent crime could receive professional assistance and emotional support.
The case resonated with Paula Bradison, CEO and Founder of Bradison Management Group and Owner of Alaska Executive Search. Paula became a fast supporter of Victims for Justice. She recognized that there had been a recent uptick in the number of violent crimes in Anchorage. “I wanted to do something instead of say something,” she says. Today, Paula is a member of the board, raising awareness for the functional activities of the non-profit organization. “We are ‘second responders,’” says Paula, “We provide close personal support during the most vulnerable times in victims’ lives. This can include cash, plane tickets…in one case, we bought someone a bed. These are things that other organizations do not cover. We will also hold their hand in court when they face the criminal. Our goal is to create a continuity of compassion.”
If you would like to learn more about Victims for Justice, visit them online at VictimsforJustice.org. They currently have need for continued support of Hostetler Park, a community memorial honoring the victims of homicide. It costs a few hundred dollars to place a name on the memorial. Donate today to help a local family honor their lost loved one!