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Cathy Burgos wins In the Company of Women Award in the Health & Human Services Category

MIAMI (January 25, 2018)

Juvenile Services Department Division Director of Operations Cathy Burgos has been selected as one of 13 amazing women for the prestigious In the Company of Women award in the category of Health and Human Services.

Burgos has dedicated the last 20 years helping to lift up at-risk youth and their families through her role as a social worker, largely through her development of powerful Juvenile Justice prevention, diversion, and support services.

Successful programs shaped by Burgos include the Miami-Dade Civil Citation Program, Post Arrest Diversion (PAD) Program, Prevention Initiative, Domestic Violence Initiative, Chaplaincy Program, and more recently, the Youth Job Development Program. Through these programs, Burgos has been instrumental in helping the Juvenile Services Department to reduce juvenile arrests in Miami-Dade by 80 percent over a period of 18 years, saving the community $30 million annually and giving youth the priceless gift of a fresh start and new life.

In recognition of her involvement in the creation and implementation of innovative juvenile justice programs, Burgos has been honored with five consecutive National Association of Counties awards. Her exemplary leadership skills have been recognized with an invitation to speak at the United Nations about the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Justice Reform Model and its successes.

Her gift and passion for helping youth extends beyond the wide reach of her career, and has inspired her to volunteer her time as a mentor and camp counselor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  She also serves organizations such as the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference and the Casey Foundation, where she helps better practices helping the “crossover” population of youth involved in both the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System. Burgos’ impact is absolutely invaluable not just to our at-risk youth, but to our entire community and our future generations.

Burgos will receive her award at the 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the luxurious Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Circle, in Coral Gables, FL. Tickets are on sale at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-the-company-of-women-awards-ceremony-2018-tickets-42354897639. For more information, visit http://www.miamidade.gov/parks/company-of-women.asp.

In the Company of Women takes place each year in commemoration of Women’s History Month and is presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair.  The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large about issues pertaining to the status of women.  The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life.  For more information call (305) 375-4967, email cfw@miamidade.gov; or visit the website at www.miamidade.gov/advocacy/women-board-home.asp.