A nonprofit administrator from New York City has been chosen to lead the office of the U.S. Justice Department that's responsible for helping crime victims.
Beatrice "Bea" Hanson is being nominated as director of the Office for Victims of Crime, which, among other things, provides grants to state and local service organizations. The office is part of the department's Office of Justice Programs.
Hanson is currently chief program officer for Safe Horizon, which provides services to more than 350,000 victims of crime or abuse each year, primarily in New York City, according to the group’s Web site. She has been with Safe Horizon since 1997 and previously was director of client services for the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.
She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s in social work from Hunter College. She’s scheduled to receive a doctorate in social work next year from the City University of New York.
The White House announced Hanson’s expected nomination late Tuesday.