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May 31, 2014

Surprising Crime Statistics
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Itís a shocking statistic: Nearly 20 million violent and property crimes are committed each year in the US, Despite the devastating human impact, millions of victims never get justice. Then, a true rags to riches journey., from a childhood that could have destroyed him, to a triumph of the human spirit.
Episode Segments:
InfoTrak: The Human Impact on Crime Statistics
Nearly 20 million violent and property crimes are committed each year in the US, but the numbers may not tell the whole story. Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime discusses the human impact of national crime statistics, and why fewer than half the crimes committed go unreported. She also talked about the effectiveness of victims' rights laws and the resources that are available to crime victims.
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InfoTrak: A Chance in the World
Steve Pemberton, Divisional Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Walgreens, author of A Chance In The World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home hares his rags-to-riches journey, starting with a childhood of neglect and abusive foster homes. He said his primary refuge was in a box of books, and he explained how a love of reading transformed his life. He described his quest to uncover and understand his familyís tragic past and how that has influenced him as a father. He also discussed the value of diversity in America and where we stand as a nation.
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InfoTrak: Giving Up on Hybrids
Only 35 percent of hybrid vehicle owners chose to purchase a hybrid again when they returned to the car market last year, according to an Edmunds.com analysis of new car registration data. Lacey Plache of Edmunds.com explained why conventional gas-powered cars are successfully competing against hybrids. She talked about the rapidly growing number of vehicles capable of delivering more than 30 miles per gallon.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Mai Fernandez
Mai Fernandez is executive director of the National Center for Victims of Crime, a position she has held since June 2010. With a distinguished 25-year career in the criminal justice, nonprofit, and policy arenas, Fernandez brings to the National Center extensive national, state, and local leadership experience in victim-related work. Formerly the acting executive director of the Latin American Youth Center -- a DC-based nonprofit organization that provides multicultural underserved youth with education, social, and job training services -- Fernandez has spent the last 13 years managing programs that serve victims of child abuse, sex trafficking, and gang violence. Before joining the Latin American Youth Center, Fernandez served as Assistant District Attorney for New York County, helping victims navigate the criminal justice system and pleading their cases before the court. She also developed policy for victims of domestic and youth violence at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and served as a Congressional aide to U.S. Representatives Mickey Leland and Jim Florio. Mai Fernandez received her undergraduate degree from Dickinson College, Juris Doctor from American University, and Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's JFK School of Government. Mai [pronounced "MY"] resides with her husband and son in Washington, DC.

National Center for Victims of Crime

Steve Pemberton
Steve Pemberton is Chief Diversity Officer and Divisional Vice-President for Walgreens, the first such person to hold that responsibility in the company's 110 year history. One of America's most inspiring executives, Steve's journey to corporate America has been all but traditional. He has become recognized as one of the nation's leaders on matters of diversity and inclusion and its importance to the growth of the American industrial complex. In 2006, Fortune named Steve Pemberton one of the Top 20 Chief Diversity Officers in corporate America. In 2007, Steve was called to Capitol Hill to provide expert testimony on best practices in diversity recruiting and in 2008 he was named by Savoy as one of The Top 100 most influential African-Americans in corporate America. Steve currently serves on several boards including The Home for Little Wanderers and UCAN to provide guidance and inspiration to children in need. The Pemberton Fund For The Future has been established at The Home For Little Wanderers to assist children aging out of the foster care system. A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Steve has made opportunity, access and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. His memoir, A Chance in the World, was published by Thomas Nelson in January of 2012. A Chance In The World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home (Thomas Nelson), is his riveting autobiography that chronicles Steve's difficult path through foster care and determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses generations and cultures, but specifically whispers to those who have had the odds stacked against them. Steve's relentless journey to overcome, find his biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents' past, is a model for all families to follow. It is a true testament of faith, fortitude and forgiveness. A Chance In The World achieved a favorable Kirkus review, was recently featured in People Magazine earning 3.5/4.0 stars, and Amazon reviews give A Chance In The World 5 stars! Steve is a graduate of Boston College. He is married and has three children.

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