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NIAF Commemorates Memory of Judge Giovanni Falcone, Francesca Morvillo and Security Agents


Contact: Elissa Ruffino, 202-939-3106,


(Washington, D. C.) — May 23, 2016) The National Italian American Foundation and U.S. Italy Fulbright Commission join the Fondazione Giovanni e Francesca Falcone in honoring the memory of Judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo, and the three agents of his security detail, who were tragically killed 24 years ago, on May 23, 1992.

“The legacy of the Falcones is one that has inspired Italians and Italian Americans alike to stand up to the worst of our society and actively pursue integrity and fairness.  We at NIAF seek to honor their sacrifice and help spread their message of faith in what is right,” said NIAF President John M. Viola.


In remembering Judge Falcone’s legacy, and all Mafia victims, these three institutions have created the Fulbright -Fondazione Falcone-NIAF Awards for an Italian and a U.S. citizen doing research in the fields of criminology. NIAF encourages interested U.S. and Italian students to apply for the 2017-2018 edition. “The Fulbright Commission is proud to have partnered with NIAF and Fondazione Falcone to provide opportunities to youth who believe in justice and the rule of law,” said the Commission’s Executive Director, Paola Sartorio.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization with its headquarters in Washington, D.C. It is dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage of Italian Americans. Visit