On April 5, 2016 New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu recognized PJI's Client Assistance Coordinator, Mara Abramson, for her excellence in national service with the Joseph Massenburg Memorial Award. Mara is an AmeriCorps service member through Avodah: The Jewish Service Corps.
Mara coordinates PJI's Client and Family Assistance Project, where she works closely with incarcerated people and their families to maintain meaningful family relationships, and provide incarcerated people with basic hygiene materials, educational materials, and basic medical needs. Mara also coordinates family visits for New Orleans-based families and families throughout Louisiana to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to visit their loved ones.
Mayor Landrieu emphasized the importance of Mara's work and recognized the humanity of the clients that she works with every day.