ABCD Lifetime Achievement Award

The 2018 ABCD Community Heroes Celebration 


Special honoree and community hero portraits by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios

Chaplain Clementina M. Chéry

Co-founder, President and CEO
Louis D. Brown Peace Institute
Boston, Massachusetts

With over two decades of experience as a survivor serving families impacted by murder, Chaplain Chéry has developed the best practices in the field of homicide response. Her ultimate goal is to transform society’s response to homicide so that all families are treated with dignity and compassion, regardless of the circumstances.

Chaplain Chéry was chosen as a 2017 Barr Fellow for her effective, visionary, and collaborative leadership and capacity to motivate others, drive change, and produce results. She was also selected as a 2016 Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum in recognition of the Peace Institute’s groundbreaking solutions to social problems. Chaplain Chéry has developed groundbreaking publications for families of murder victims and the providers who serve them, including Always in My Heart: A Workbook for Grieving Children (2011) and the Survivors Burial and Resource Guide (2013). Chaplain Chéry is also coauthor of an article entitled “Homicide Survivors: Research and Practice Implications” published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2005.