One of Tewksbury’s state representatives, Tram T. Nguyen, has been named Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) and the Victim Witness Assistance Board.
“Representative Tram Nguyen has dedicated her career to empowering survivors of crime and supporting underserved communities,” said Liam Lowney, executive director of MOVA. “Through her experience with both direct service and policy leadership, survivors can be assured that they have a voice in the Legislature when public policy matters related to victims are being considered. MOVA is honored to present Rep. Nguyen with the Legislator of the Year Award.”
Nguyen is a former legal aid attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services, where she represented survivors of domestic violence, exploited workers and other vulnerable populations. During that time she advocated with local legislators for laws and resources to help survivors, and ultimately decided to run for state representative herself to expand her advocacy. Since being elected in 2018, she has filed multiple bills to help survivors, including An Act to promote safety for victims of violent crime and human trafficking, which was signed into law last year, and An Act to Reform Massachusetts Hate Crimes Statutes, which is currently under consideration.
She also co-chairs the Special Commission on Structural Racism in the Probation Service.
“It is an incredible honor to receive the MOVA Legislator of the Year Award,” said Nguyen. “As an attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services, I began my career helping victims find justice, and my work as a legislator has been a continuation of that mission. I am committed to standing up for survivors, helping them rebuild their lives, and holding their perpetrators accountable.”
The Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance is an independent state agency governed by the Victim and Witness Assistance Board. MOVA strives to advance victim rights by ensuring all victims and survivors of crime across the Commonwealth are supported and empowered through access to high-quality services that are trauma-informed, culturally responsive and reflective of diverse communities.