Honors Day

Photo Kevin McNeil

Every year at Honors Day, the Memphis Child Advocacy Center honors our heroes: our committed team members, dedicated volunteers, and community advocates who work to safeguard the most vulnerable kids in our community. This year's Honors Day breakfast was held Friday, September 28 at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis. 

Our guest speaker was Kevin McNeil. McNeil is a former special victims detective with 20 years of law enforcement experience in Atlanta. His experience with multi-disciplinary investigation has prepared him to conduct powerful training for abuse investigators, child advocacy center staff, and other team members. He grew up in Shelby County. Visit Kevin McNeil's website to learn more. 

Awards. At Honors Day, we recognize the commitment of both our team and the community members who support our mission. The Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) is headquartered at the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. CPIT is 15 agencies strong and provides a coordinated team response to reported child sexual abuse and other severe abuse. There are also volunteers, donors, advocates, and organizations in the community that help our mission in a myriad of ways. 

The CPIT award honorees are nominated by CPIT members and are selected by committees made up of peers from multiple CPIT agencies.

Here are the 2018 award winners:


The James G. Hughes CPIT Excellence Award for Compassion honors a member of the Shelby County Child Protection Investigation Team (CPIT) who has demonstrated exceptional compassion to children and their families. Sgt. Malvin Jones, from the Memphis Police Department, is this year’s winner.


The James G. Hughes CPIT Excellence Award for Teamwork recognizes those whose performance demonstrates exceptional professionalism and team collaboration. Tanisha Hobson-Harper, an investigator from the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, will be recognized for teamwork at this year’s Honors Day.


The James G. Hughes Community Advocate Award honors a community member whose efforts in Shelby County demonstrate commitment to the safety and well-being of children. This year’s Community Advocate Award goes to Katy Spurlock, program officer at The Urban Child Institute.


The Nediva Award honors a volunteer who has made invaluable contributions toward the center’s mission. Nediva is a Hebrew name which means noble and generous. It is the origin of the word volunteer. This year, longtime Memphis CAC volunteer James H. Prentiss, Jr. will be recognized with the Nediva Award.

The late Dr. James G. Hughes was a pioneer in child abuse prevention and intervention. He founded Le Bonheur Children in Crisis, was a founding member of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center board of directors, and was a lifelong advocate for children.