Crime Victims’ Rights & Child Abuse Prevention Memorial Walk and Expo! It will take place, Saturday, April 6th from 8 am to 2 pm at Young Park. Over 500 people are expected for the Remembrance Ceremony, community information, food, entertainment and classic car show
The 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Victims Advocacy program, along with its partners: Las Cruces Police Department, Doña Ana Sheriff’s Office, La Piñon, Aprendamos, Children’s Youth & Family Department, La Casa, Alpha Phi Sigma-NMSU, Las Cruces Foster Adoption Ministry, Family-Youth Incorporated, Las Cruces Guardians of the Children and CYFD-Pulltogether are inviting you to this great community event. The memorial walk and expo is held to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and child abuse prevention services, kicking off 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 6 – 13.
The theme for 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Walk & Expo is “Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.” This year’s event will take place on Saturday, April 6th at Young Park, it will begin at 8 am with registration and backpack give-away, then the presentation of colors by LCHS Army JROTC Bulldog Battalion and a few words from our guest speakers; Third Judicial District Attorney, Mark D’Antonio and Las Cruces Chief of Police, Patrick Gallagher. 600 free backpacks with goodies will be handed out at the registration booth from 8 am to 9 am. The Memorial Walk will be held during the morning, the theme during the walk will give voice to those victims’s and victims’ families with talking stick quotes through-out the path. After the walk, free activities like; Memorial tent, local community resource information booths, music, classic car show, rock climbing wall, face painting, pony rides and a jumping balloon will be on site. Free lunch, snow cones and popcorn will be open for all those attending this great event.
April is Child Abuse Prevention month nationwide. In our community of Las Cruces and the entire Dona Ana County area, we can each do our part to prevent child abuse. This month we ask that you do your part in spreading the word to the community on how we can all report suspected child abuse or neglect and work to keep children safe. You can also bring awareness to this issue by wearing royal blue, displaying the royal blue child abuse prevention ribbon, or a royal blue pin wheel which all represent Child Abuse Prevention. This month we will also be having two town hall meetings on Wednesday April 17th from 5:30-7pm and on Friday April 19 from 9am- 10:30am in the Commissioners Chamber at the Dona Ana County Government Center. These meetings are to answer any community questions regarding the system that investigates child abuse and neglect and to give information as to how the community can get involved to prevent child abuse and neglect in our neighborhoods. Please call 1-855-333-7233 or dial #SAFE from a cell phone if you suspect any child abuse or neglect.
For more information about 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Dona Ana County, please contact a Victim Advocate at (575) 647-8553 or visit our website at http://donaanacountyda.com. For information about national efforts to promote 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at www.ovc.gov/ncvrw.