Las Cruces, NM – Every April, the Office of Victims of Crime helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s NCVRW will be held April 19-25 and the theme Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims. presents the opportunity to highlight the diversity of our communities, expand partnerships to serve victims of crime, enhance efforts to meet victims where they are, and empower crime victims as they pursue justice and recovery.
What: The FREE National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Annual Walk/Expo with booths, music, food, games, and entertainment, featuring Phi Beta Sigma Fraternities’ stroll routine, slam poetry “Soul Verse” and special performances by Mayfield High School SADD and Arrowhead High School TSMA.
Where: The NCVRW kick-off event will take place at Pioneer Park located at 500 W Las Cruces Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88005.
When: Saturday, April 18th from 9am-1pm
Who: Crime Victims, Survivors of Homicide, DWI Victims, families, friends, supporters, community members, elected officials, and organization spokespeople.
Sponsors: Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance, Las Cruces Police Department Victim Assistance Office, Mesilla Valley DWI Resource Center, La Casa Victim Assistance, DASO Victim Assistance Unit, Mesilla Valley Casa and La Pinon.
Visuals: Exhibits, a dove release, an organized walk, Kiddy Corner and Much More.
NCVRW honors and celebrates the achievements of the past thirty years in securing rights, protections, and services for victims. The bipartisan Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), passed by Congress in 1984, created a national fund to ease victims’ suffering. Financed by fines and penalties paid by offenders, the Crime Victims Fund supports victim assistance and services, such as rape crisis and domestic violence programs, DWI and Survivors of Homicide support, and victim compensation programs that pay victims’ out-of-pocket expenses such as counseling, funeral expenses, and lost wages. Outreach is increasingly focused on previously underserved victim populations, including victims of color, religious and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ victims, and immigrant populations to name a few. Efforts are being made to ensure that all victims, regardless of their background or the crime committed against them, receive the support they deserve.
“Victim empowerment is a central tenant of our work,” said Joye E. Frost, Director, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), U.S. Department of Justice. “By engaging the entire community, we are able to maximize and leverage existing resources to better serve all victims of crime and provide the necessary support through their journey to healing. This year’s NCVRW theme emphasizes that we all have a role to play.”
“As your District Attorney,” stated Mark D’Antonio,” I realize that being a victim of crime can be a very frightening, intimidating and emotional event. As a member of this community, where we all live, work and raise our families, know that public safety is my top priority. My Office, along with our partners in Justice from all Law Enforcement Agencies, stand ready to advocate on your behalf to ensure that your rights are continually honored and respected throughout the criminal justice process. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s National Crime Victim’s Rights Walk/Exp. Let us all come together as we strengthen our community and Empower victims.”