The room in the office of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit (SVU) at 150 Washington was created as a safe space where children involved in criminal court cases can play games, read books and color.
Ms. Lewis is the lead forensic interviewer/child interview specialist at the CAC where she has worked with child victims for the past two decades.
“This is the Pat Lewis Fan Club,” Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said, referring to the many prosecutors, investigators, victim/witness coordinators and CAC members who attended the ceremony. “You have touched the lives of thousands of children who have been victims or who have seen things that children should never have to see, and you have gotten them back to being children.”
The CAC works with children who are victims of sexual and severe physical abuse through prevention, education and intervention. Members work with representatives from 14 other agencies as part of the Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team.
“I don’t know what to say,” Ms. Lewis told Friday’s gathering, “but if you ever decide to paint it, paint it green. Green means life.”