Jeffrey Coburn, special agent in charge of the FBI’s El Paso division, congratulating Stephanie Karr, One Fund El Paso director, holding the FBI’s 2020 Director’s Community Leadership Award. | Photo courtesy EPCF
This week, Jeffrey Coburn, acting special agent-in-charge of the El Paso Field Office, honored One Fund El Paso as the 2020 recipient of the FBI’s Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) for the El Paso Field Office.
El Paso FBI officials share that, following the Walmart massacre of August 3, 2019 when 23 people were killed and hundreds physically and emotionally injured, The El Paso Community Foundation rose up to begin assisting with donation management of the financial contributions that immediately started pouring in from individuals, businesses, and organizations across the nation wanting to help
In doing so, the One Fund El Paso was developed with Stephanie Karr and Sanjay Mathur taking the lead and being instrumental in ultimately getting millions of dollars from generous donors into the hands of those who needed it the most with the help of local community members, agency representatives, and the National Compassion Fund.
El Paso FBI Victim Specialists along with the FBI Victim Services Response Team deployed to El Paso and other local victim service providers, worked closely with Karr and Mathur to identify victims and convey their immediate and long-term needs.
“Ms. Karr, Mr. Mathur, and their team worked tirelessly in the hours, days, and months following the shooting to get monies distributed immediately to the next-of-kin of the deceased and surviving victims who had been shot and eventually to those emotionally injured,” officials shared.
“This immediate distribution of funds was able to assist with some of the most pressing needs of these victims and ultimately led to the distribution of over $11,000,000.00 by December 2019, just a few short months following the shooting.”
The speed at which the funds were distributed and the amount of work that went into getting this monumental task accomplished not only demonstrated community leadership but also care, kindness, and compassion for victims and a community devastated by a horrible act of mass violence.
The One Fund El Paso was developed out of need from the community in order to assist individuals suffering from this tragedy. The organization epitomizes the essence of the El Paso community.
“Is an honor for the El Paso Field Office to have Ms. Karr and Mr. Mathur receive such a prestigious recognition for their work with One Fund El Paso,” officials added.
The Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) is presented on behalf of the Director of the FBI, was formally created in 1990 to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America.