State Rep. Frank Farry has received an award recognizing his efforts to advocate for crime victims in Pennsylvania. Farry earned the Guardian of Victims’ Rights Award in mid-June for co-sponsoring Marsy’s Law in the state House.

Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania has bestowed the award upon several state reps and senators for helping to push an amendment protecting the rights of crime victims. It is reserved for people “who have served as advocates and ambassadors for crime victims across the state, working to ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect.”

“The impact of crime is often a devastating event in a victim’s life,” Rep. Farry said. “It’s important we do everything we can to protect crime victims from further abuse and violence and ensure they are properly supported by our legal system.”

Marsy’s Law would amend Pennsylvania’s constitution to grant statutory protections to those who have suffered as crime victims.

Farry also co-sponsored H.B. 350. The bill, dubbed the Precious Metal Sale Regulation Law, would help victims of theft recover stolen jewelry. It passed the state House this past March.

The state Senate approved Marsy’s Law unanimously Thursday, and the measure will appear on November’s ballot.