New York Crime Victims Assistance Task Force

The New York State Crime Victims’ Memorial was established in April of 1996. Located directly behind the Legislative Office Building on the grounds of the Empire State Plaza, the memorial was dedicated to victims of crime and their families, as well as survivors of crime in New York State. A brick walkway leads up to the monument with the names of victims of crime inscribed on the bricks.

A few years ago, the New York State Office of General Services redesigned the crime victims’ memorial. Every name that was on a brick in the original memorial, is presently engraved in stamped concrete in the new site, which is only a few feet away from the original brick memorial. There is an electronic kiosk in the center of the new memorial, which will hold not only new names being added to the memorial, but it also has all the names that are currently in the memorial in the ground. The electronic kiosk will allow names, up to 2 photos, and a brief biography or remembrance of your choosing to go with your loved one’s name.   The new memorial is ready for visitors. If you would like to have your loved one added, or add a photo and a remembrance or poem for an existing name, please email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Kisok has been brought indoors during the winter months. We anticipate it will be placed back at the memorial site in the spring. You can still view the memorial names at


The New York Crime Victims’ Assistance Task Force includes citizens and organizations, both public and private, that advocate for and support the rights of victims of crime. The task force strives to make justice truly meaningful and truly effective by recognizing that crime isn’t something that “happens to someone else.” Crimes can have many victims, and there are countless opportunities to ensure that victims and survivors receive the rights and respect they need and deserve.



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