National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
April 2-8, 2017 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). This year’s theme is “Strength. Resilience. Justice.” In this spirit, there will be events held across the state to promote awareness about victims’ rights and services. Communities will hold events, such as candlelight vigils, rallies, educational programs, and poster and essay contests. The National Center for Victims of Crime and the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) have created a wealth of resources to help communities prepare for the week. To find these materials and to learn more, visit the OVC website:
To kick off NCVRW in New York State, the Crime Victims’ Assistance Task Force, a nonprofit coalition made up of representatives from state and local government and victim assistance agencies, is holding its Annual Memorial Brick Dedication Ceremony on June 9. Every year since 1996, crime victims and their loved ones have purchased bricks inscribed with victims’ names that are placed in the walkway at the Crime Victims’ Memorial in Albany. Bricks can be purchased by and for victims of any type of crime.