Celebrating Victims’ Rights
The Department of Justice will host two prelude events in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, observed April 26–May 2 this year. On the evening of April 23, the National Observance and Candlelight Ceremony, and on April 24, the annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Awards Ceremony will take place to honor heroic and hard-working individuals for their extraordinary service to crime victims. Both events are open to the public, however; registration is required. This year’s theme is “25 Years of Rebuilding Lives,” and celebrates the 1984 Victims of Crime Act, which established the Crime Victims Fund and fostered a quarter-century of progress for victims of crime.
Visit the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Web site for registration information. Also, view the 2009 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Resource Guide to learn about victims’ rights and to find out how you can organize a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week event in your community.