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Kamenetz to Honor Three Outstanding Women at March Ceremony

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and the Baltimore County Commission for Women will recognize three outstanding women at a ceremony on Thursday, March 1. The annual Woman of the Year awards are given to female Baltimore County residents who have enhanced the lives of others and made significant contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.

The Baltimore County Commission for Women 2018 award winners are:

  • Laura Clary, BSN, RN as the “Woman of the Year,” GBMC nurse, clinical manager of GBMC’s Safe Program, advocate for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and recipient of the 2017 America’s Most Amazing Nurse from Prevention Magazine. She lives in Essex.
  • Assistant Baltimore County Fire Chief Jennifer Aubert-Utz as the “Woman Making a Difference,” a leader in a male-dominated profession and the highest-ranking woman with the Baltimore County Fire Department. She resides in Parkville.
  • Gabriella McLean as the “2018 Young Woman of the Year,” senior at Catonsville High School championing homelessness among children and young adults.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will lead the recognition ceremony, together with members of the County Council and Baltimore County Statehouse delegation. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m. in the County Council Chambers, on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse in Towson.

“For more than four decades, the Commission for Women has served our communities through outreach and educational initiatives to advocate for true gender equity for women and girls in our County and I commend them for their efforts and congratulate this year’s honorees,” said Kamenetz.  

The Baltimore County Commission for Women was formed on January 3, 1977 by an act of the Baltimore County Council to address the needs of women through education, outreach and advocacy. The Commission works to identify and advocate for programs, legislation and services to meet the needs of Baltimore County’s women and children.

For additional information about these awards and the Commission for Women, people may contact Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2450 or

Commission for Women Sub-Group to Coordinate Education and Criminal Justice Approaches 

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that the Baltimore County Commission for Women will establish a cross-functional work group to address the complex issue of human trafficking in coordination with the County’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The work group will take a victim-centered approach as they work to reduce trafficking and protect victims by providing them with the resources they need in partnership with a variety of organizations, including non-profits and regional counterparts across the state.

"Human trafficking is a horrific practice that has absolutely no place in Baltimore County or anywhere,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “The vulnerable women, children and men who are victimized need our help and protection and we plan to work together to quickly identify actions we can take to address this challenging problem.”

The work group will select a member to be a permanent member of the County’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) and the Chair of the CJCC will approve the membership of the work group, which will be comprised of a team of professionals and individuals from the Commission for Women and representatives from law enforcement, education, social services and the health and legal fields. Individual members must be County residents with a proven history and involvement in public advocacy. 

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Leadership Role

The CJCC membership includes the Baltimore County Chief of Police, Sheriff, State’s Attorney, Chief Administrative Judges of the Circuit and District Courts, Public Defender, Department of Corrections Director, Director of Health and Human Services, School Superintendent and the Criminal Justice Coordinator; as well as the Regional Director of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and the Community Supervision Director of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and others.  

The CJCC provides coordinated leadership to establish cohesive criminal justice strategies, policies and programs; identifies deficiencies, and formulates policy, plans and programs for improvement. They also collaborate to maximize resources and raise funds to support criminal justice programs.  

A Focus on Victims

The Human Trafficking Work Group will be committed to a victim-centered approach and is charged with recommending a more comprehensive, specialized and coordinated response to victims’ long-term needs, including a review of coordination related to State policies and protocols.

Commission for Women President, Bella Santos Owens, said, “Six years ago, when only a few were talking in our community about human trafficking, we were already raising awareness on this issue. The Commission for Women knew that behind the silence are the struggles of real human beings. We persisted. We are very proud that an official work group has been formed by the County – upon the Commission’s proposal – dedicated to finding the gaps that exist between human trafficking victim services and policies. This confirms our view that human trafficking is a crime that is in our backyard and needs to be addressed.”

About Human Trafficking

Baltimore County ranks third in Maryland in occurrences of human trafficking, behind Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, according to the Maryland Department of Human Services. The National Human Trafficking Hotline received 30,918 reports in 2016. The International Labor Organization estimates that human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.

More information about human trafficking is available through the National Human Trafficking Hotline, at 1-888-373-7888, where you can learn about the types and signs of human trafficking.

If someone suspects human trafficking activity in Baltimore County, they are advised to call 9-1-1 to report their concerns. 

Nominate Someone who is Making a Difference in the Community

The Baltimore County Commission for Women is accepting nominations for its 2018 “Woman of the Year” and “Young Woman of the Year” awards. This is the 36th year the Commission for Women will honor women for their outstanding contributions to the community.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 12, 2018. Honorees will be notified after that date, and the awards will be presented in March of 2018.

Female residents of Baltimore County who have made significant, unique, and lasting contributions to their community, workplace, or school to further the interest of women and families are eligible for the “Woman of the Year” award. Nominees for “Young Woman of the Year” must be a high school senior in Baltimore County who has made contributions in the community to further the interest of Baltimore County women and families. Previous winners and elected officials are not eligible to be nominated.

Questions or requests for nomination forms may be directed to Nancy Surosky at 410-887-2450. Nomination forms are also available online at

Revised September 11, 2017