State’s Attorney Alvarez Celebrates African American History Month

Annual Stradford Awards Ceremony Honors Outstanding Work of Two Community Members

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently honored two prominent African American community members in a ceremony in recognition of African American History Month.

Alvarez presented the State’s Attorney’s “C.F. Stradford” awards to Torrey L. Barrett (left), Executive Director of the K.L.E.O. Community Life Center and Stephen Mitchell (right), President of The Stephen Mitchell Law Group, PC.

Torrey L. Barrett is the Executive Director of the K.L.E.O. Community Life Center, which bears the name of his late sister, Kleo Barrett, who was the victim of domestic violence that ended in a murder-suicide.  The K.L.E.O. Community Life Center provides assistance to domestic violence victims, such as emergency shelter, counseling and mentoring, but it also works with domestic violence offenders by providing counseling and mentoring, believing you must work with all involved parties to eradicate domestic violence.  The K.L.E.O. Center also works to improve the quality of life in our communities by offering programming designed to help families live healthy, productive lives.

Stephen Mitchell is president of The Stephen Mitchell Law Group, PC, one of Chicago’s premier personal injury law firms.  Mr. Mitchell represents individuals and their families in personal injury and wrongful death cases at the federal and state levels, securing verdicts to help obtain justice for citizens who have been injured or harmed.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Mr. Mitchell has been active in the Cook County Bar Association and the Legal Assistance Foundation throughout his legal career and has received numerous legal and community awards.  He is also a prominent collector of African American fine art.

“I look forward to the C.F. Stradford Awards every year and I am honored to recognize these very deserving individuals,” Alvarez said.  “Their hard work and determination benefits many and is reflected throughout the community.”

The Stradford Awards ceremony was held Tuesday February 25, at the Parkway Ballroom in Chicago.

Photo Caption: Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez presented the C.F. Stradford Award to Torrey L. Barrett (left), Executive Director of the K.L.E.O. Community Life Center and Stephen Mitchell (right), President of The Stephen Mitchell Law Group, PC.  The ceremony is held annually in recognition of African American History Month.