Lavinia Masters

While being presented the Justice Department’s Crime Victims Special Courage Award in 2020, Asst. Attorney General Sullivan recognized Lavinia as “a powerful example of how someone can survive a horrific crime and use her
experience to bring about justice for others.” An Inspirational Keynote
Speaker, Lavinia Masters works with individuals and various organizations to
empower, educate and enlighten them about trauma and how to overcome it
with purposeful living. She believes in mentoring with compassion, guiding her
champions to trust the processes of discovering their full purpose beyond their
past pain so that they too can empower, educate, and enlighten their
communities on how to promote healing and seek justice for victims while
remaining trauma-informed and survivor-centered.

Lavinia’s honors include Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanitarian, Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, TREC Dreamers, Doers and Unsung Her Award, SSO Trailblazer Award, FamilyPlace Texas Trailblazer “Real Life Hero Award,” George HW Bush Points of Light Award, Justice Department’s “Special Courage Award,” Edith Surgan “Victim Activist Honorary Awardee,” In the Spirit Entertainment, 2023 Woman of Excellence,” Inductee Texas Women’s Hall of Fame 2023 and the proud namesake of HEB: The Lavinia Masters Act of Texas.

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