The President of the Hispanic-American Institute receives the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in Albuquerque
FBI Special Agent Raul Bujanda (left) hands Bruce Young-Candelaria, President of the Hispanic-American Institute, the FBI Director’s 2020 Community Leadership Award on Friday in the Albuquerque field service. Courtesy / FBI
Bruce Young-Candelaria, President of the Hispanic-American Institute, receives the FBI Director’s 2020 Community Leadership Award for helping the Albuquerque FBI Department investigate a “zoom bomb attack” that showed child sexual abuse material became.
The special agent in charge, Raul Bujanda, presented the award to Young-Candelaria on Friday, October 8, 2021, during a ceremony in the Albuquerque field service.
Each of the FBI’s 56 field offices annually selects an individual or organization to receive the award that recognizes contributions to crime and violence prevention, education and awareness programs, and efforts to improve cooperation between law enforcement agencies and all citizens.
Young-Candelaria was with 32 colleagues and small business owners at a Zoom conference on Jan.
The host of the virtual meeting took down the video as soon as possible and the FBI was called in to investigate.
Young-Candelaria consented to media interviews in support of the FBI investigation, which at the time was part of a nationwide investigation into more than 280 Zoom bombings that revealed child sexual abuse material across the country and abroad.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to assist the FBI in their efforts to prosecute crimes against children, the most vulnerable victims,” said Young-Candelaria.
Young-Candelaria dedicated his award to FBI Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger, who was killed on duty in Sunrise, Florida while serving a federal search warrant in an investigation into crimes against children. She joined the FBI in 2005 and initially worked in the Albuquerque field.
Young-Candelaria’s efforts underscored the importance of cybersecurity at a time when record numbers of people were using online services to work and socialize during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He has also attended FBI City Hall meetings to discuss his experience.
“Bruce was a true advocate of the FBI’s mission to protect our community through heightened awareness,” said SAC Bujanda. “I am proud to present this award in recognition of his efforts to ensure that no one has to go through what they experienced.”
FBI investigations into the bombing of Zoom are ongoing.
The Hispanic-American Institute is a not for profit company dedicated to promoting social, educational, and economic development in Hispanic communities in the continental United States, Puerto Rico, and Latin America. For more information, see: https://www.hainst.org/
Earlier DCLA receivers can be found at: https://www.fbi.gov/about/community-outreach/dcla
FBI press release investigating the Zoom bombings: https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-warns-of-child-sexual-abuse-material-being-displayed-during-zoom-meetings