JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A captain with the Jones County Sheriff’s Office is being recognized for her work to help children who are victims of human trafficking, physical and sexual abuse. The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi named Capt. Tonya Madison as one of three recipients of the Champions of Children Award.
The organization says the award honors those who help Children’s Advocacy Centers in their communities and use best practices to serve young victims and their families.
“The work that our 2019 Champions of Children recipients have achieved and continue to accomplish are great examples of the lengths it is going to take to defeat child abuse, neglect and human trafficking,” said Karla Tye, Executive Director CACM. “We’ve got to work together to save and protect the children of Mississippi.”
According to CACM, Madison was recognized for her efforts to bring a Children’s Advocacy Center to Jones County and for her role in establishing Jones County’s Multidisciplinary Team.
Madison leads the sheriff’s department’s Criminal Investigations Division and specializes in investigating child physical and sexual abuse.
The other award recipients are Tomiko Mackey, a mental health professional, and James “Bo” Chastain, Director of Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield.