The recipient of this week’s Ben’s Bell is Fred Urbina, a prosecutor for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.
He was nominated by his colleague Johanna Shortbull, who first met him in law school seven years ago.
“He was the president of the Native American Law Student Association. It was a difficult time for all entering students, but Fred welcomed all of us into the law school,” she wrote in her nomination. “He provided resources and was willing to help whenever he could.”
After law school, Urbina went to work for the tribe. Three years ago, Shortbull joined the office, too.
“Rarely will you meet a prosecutor with such a compassion for the community that he works in,” Shortbull said. “He looks to get to the root cause of what brings people to our office. He has helped pave a path for prevention and intervention programming for youth.”
Urbina “is working to incorporate concepts of kindness into all of the diversion programming that we offer,” she said. “He is a man of integrity, compassion and kindness.”