The work of a non-profit agency is about serving the public, no matter what industry it’s in. It’s not about accolades or prestige, but about making sure that the beneficiaries of your hard work and long hours have what they need in order to thrive.

It is nice to be appreciated, though, and the Identity Theft Resource Center is humbled and grateful for the attention it has received in 2016 for the important work we do. In the ongoing—and often wearying—work of keeping the public informed about the latest threats to their identities and their finances, knowing that there may be one less victim is more than enough reason to continue the fight against scams and fraud.

While we support the individual victims of identity theft and fraud, serving as a resource to those who work to prevent this crime on a much larger scale, namely law enforcement and policymakers, is another part of our mission that we know makes a profound difference on a global scale.

We are so grateful to the following organizations for honoring the ITRC in the past year:

SDBJ Women Who Mean Business – ITRC CEO and President Eva Velazquez received the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 Women Who Mean Business Award. This year, thirty winners were selected out of more than two hundred finalists. Ms. Velazquez is excited to be included among such company as fellow honorees ABC 10 News Anchor Kimberly Hunt, Jazzercise founder Judi Sheppard Missett, and County Board of Supervisors Diane Jacob.

Stevie Awards Women in Business – Ms. Velazquez was also selected as a 2016 Stevie Awards for Women in Business recipient. These awards are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations for which they work.  This year, the organization received entries from more than thirty countries and territories, with more than 1,400 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry.

San Diego Better Business Bureau Torch Awards Non-Profit – The ITRC was also honored by the Better Business Bureau of San Diego for its non-profit category in this year’s Torch Awards for Ethics. This award brings to mind the principles of ethics that guide successful businesses and organizations and is a testament to the value that a company places on its own integrity, business practices, and good name.

All of these awards are just a small reminder of why the ITRC is engaged in its mission of helping the public in the fight against identity theft, and to support the work of preventing and prosecuting this terrible crime in all of its forms. We’re grateful to those who nominated us for honors throughout the past twelve months and look forward to meeting the needs of individuals and organizations in the coming year.

As always, anyone who believes their identity has been stolen or their personal data has been compromised is invited to connect with the ITRC through our toll-free call center at (888) 400-5530, or on-the-go with the new IDTheftHelp app for iOS and Android.