Well over 350 people participated in the “Engaging Communities And Empowering Victims” event on April 18th at Pioneer Park.
The event was filled with activities for the entire family including information booths, face painting, jumping balloon, cake walk and lots of entertainment. Over 21 vendors set up booths that offered a wealth of information and goodies for the attendees.
We know that in order to help victims become survivors, we must first listen and learn in an effort to better understand what they
need and how we can best serve them. By working with community leaders and organizations, we can leverage existing community
resources to understand the needs of underserved victims and the impact of victimization. Engaging the entire community
will enable us to reach more victims and expand their options for services.
Victim empowerment is a central tenant of our work. Victims should be given the information and assistance they need to make
informed decisions about their own lives as they recover from crime. An important element in promoting victim empowerment is
providing an atmosphere where victims are believed and supported by their community. In such an atmosphere, victims feel safer
and are more apt to share that they have been victimized and reach out for assistance. Furthermore, when we engage communities
in victim response, they are better prepared to believe victims when they come forward and provide support throughout their
journey to healing.
Thank you to all our vendors: La Casa, Catholic Charities Legal Services, FYI-Child advocacy Center, Community Action Agency SNM, LCPD-Victims Advocate Unit, DASO Victim Advocate Unit-Codes-Mounted Patrol, Mesilla Valley DWI Resource Center, La Clinica De Familia-Early Head Start, DASO-Mounted Patrol, Adult Protective Services, Alpha Phi Sigma, CYFD, La Frontera-Childrens Safe House, State Farm Insurance, Las Cruces Fire Dept, Physician Practice-OBGYN Consultants, Las Cruces Police Dept, La Pinon, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A & Little Caesars Pizza.