Gwinnett District Attorney honors local victim’s rights advocate with award

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter, right, recently honored Kimya Motley, left, for her work in helping pass Marsy’s Law, a victim’s rights amendment that was voted on in the Nov. 6 election. (Special Photo)

Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter recently honored a local victim’s rights advocate for her work in helping pass Marsy’s Law, a victim’s rights amendment that was voted on in the Nov. 6 election.

At the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Program’s annual Support Group Breakfast on Nov. 15, Porter awarded Kimya Motley the Victims Voice Award, saying that she had played an “integral” role in passing Georgia’s Marsy’s Law.

The law gives victims the right to be provided notice of all proceedings involving the alleged criminal and the right to be heard at any proceedings involving the release, plea, or sentencing of the accused. It also gives victims the right to be notified of any arrest, release, or escape of the accused and notified of any scheduled court dates.

It also allows the legislature to further define, expand and provide for the enforcement of the rights.

In addition to her work with Marsy’s Law, Motley founded Haven of Light International, a nonprofit that has a mission to “educate, inspire, and advocate for our families in an effort to stop violence against women through intervention, education, support and accountability.”

Motley founded the organization after she and her then 10-year-old daughter both survived multiple gunshot wounds by her ex-husband.

Porter said at the breakfast, which allows Gwinnett crime victim assistance agencies the opportunity to meet one another and learn about services that other agencies offer, that Motley has “tirelessly advocated” for Georgia and Gwinnett’s crime victims.

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Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.