Liberian Wins Top US Award

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Madam Dolly Grimes-Johnson, who has dedicated 30 years of her life working in the field of domestic violence in the United States, has been awarded ‘Equal Justice Award’ by the Legal Aid Society (LAS).

The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee was founded in 1916 “to do all things necessary for the prevention of injustice.”  They are one of the United States’ oldest, continuously operating, public interest law firms. They are there to provide free legal assistance to needy Milwaukee County residents with civil legal problems.

Madam Grimes-Johnson, a Liberian has served as the Director of Shelter Services for Sojourner Truth House, a shelter for battered women and their children and a program of Sojourner Family Peace Center.

Speaking at the 97th anniversary celebration, she said domestic respect is the right of every woman and child.

She expressed gratitude for the honor and noted that she was pleased to be acknowledged by LAS.

She expressed her appreciation for the love, support, and all the opportunities that have helped her carrier as an advocate against domestic violence.

Madam Johnson also commended staff and volunteer at the Sojourner Family Peace Center and the Milwaukee Community for their support.

She has worked with approximately 23,500 women and children at the shelter and has supervised the 24-hour crisis line that has answered more than 500,000 calls.

In 1996, Advocate Johnson joined local representatives from law enforcement and the judicial system to inform a contingent of experts who traveled to South Africa to present and discuss domestic violence issues with their counterparts from four provinces there.

The award recipient was responsible for creating programs for the shelter including the job readiness curriculum and the current goal setting and community resource groups.

Madam Grimes-Johnson pursues a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

She currently holds both a Masters in Social Work and a MS in Counseling from UWM.

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