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DuPage County Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary of the Jeanine Nicarico Children's Advocacy Center

September 19, 2023

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, DuPage County Board Chair Deborah Conroy and members of the DuPage County Board hosted a rededication ceremony this morning commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the Jeanine Nicarico Children’s Advocacy Center. The Center was named in honor of ten-year-old Jeanine Nicarico who was abducted from her home, sexually assaulted, and brutally murdered in 1983.

“Ten years ago, with the opening of the Jeanine Nicarico Children’s Advocacy Center, DuPage County cemented its commitment to improving the lives of young victims of sexual and physical abuse,” Berlin said. “Since that time, the Center has opened more than 3,600 cases. I thank DuPage County Board Chair Deborah Conroy and the entire County Board for their commitment throughout the years to the Center and the important work they do. While we celebrate this milestone today, we must never forget Jeanine, a beautiful little girl who was taken from us far too early. With this Center, Jeanine’s name will live on as a symbol of this County’s dedication and commitment to its children.” 

DuPage County Board Chair Deborah Conroy thanked the Nicarico family for their support of the important work done by the Center’s staff. “We understand our obligation, above all else, to serve families in a safe, healing environment. That determination remains as the centerpiece of this building and it underlines the mission of the staff members who work here, ten years later.”

Founded in March of 1987, the DuPage County Children’s Advocacy Center is committed to lessening the trauma of sexual and serious physical abuse for children as they turn to the justice system for protection. Its mission is to provide a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to child physical or sexual abuse investigations which recognizes the special needs of child victims while demanding accountability for the crime of child physical or sexual abuse. 

Photo:From left: Board Members Yeena Yoo, Paula Garcia, Grant Eckhoff, Judge Joseph Birkett, Chair Deborah Conroy, State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, Board Members Cindy Cahill, Lynn LaPlante and Kari Galassi

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