Statement by Mai Fernandez, Executive Director, National Center for Victims of Crime
October 2, 2013
We were very sad to hear of the passing of Arnie Burns – who in addition to being a career public servant, a former Deputy Attorney General with Department of Justice, a business leader and a lawyer for four decades – devoted so much of his life to serve the needs of vulnerable members of our community, including crime victims.
Arnie served on the Board of the National Center for Victims of Crime for more than 15 years, one of our longest serving members, and was a former Chairman Emeritus of our Board. As well as being a pioneer advocate for all people who lives were devastated by crime, he brought particular energy to the special needs of children and youth exposed to crime and victimization.
His determination to expand the horizons and life opportunities for young people from all backgrounds was a lifelong passion. In addition to being an advocate for child crime victims, he was the Founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Chairman Emeritus and Life Member of the Board of Governors at the Boys and Girls Club of America.
The Board members and staff at the National Center extend our heartfelt condolences to Arnie’s wife Felice and to the Burns family at this sad time.