National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the Nation to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime. During NCVRW, we celebrate the accomplishments of the victims’ rights movement and reflect on how far we have come.
The members of the New York Crime Victims’ Assistance Task Force are privileged to inform you that the New York State Crime Victims’ Brick Memorial site on the north side of the Empire State Plaza has been renovated to improve the quality and configuration of the Memorial in time for the 2021 Memorial Dedication.
The Crime Victims’ Memorial represents an extraordinary example of the essence of the many crime victims, their families, service providers, NYS agencies, and people working together to achieve a common vision. It stands today as a testament to the indomitable spirit that transcends and empowers. However, in the twenty-four years it has existed, the volume of victims being remembered has caused us to outgrow the space.
By partnering with the NYS Office of General Services to reconfigure the site, the Memorial will stand for victims’ decades into the future. Much needs to be done to realize the full impact and benefit of that original vision and we are working diligently to accomplish this vision.
Due to continued restrictions, the 2021 annual memorial event will be virtual only, and you are encouraged to visit the site in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which begins on April 18, 2021.
According to Erin Pierone, NYSP Crime Victim Specialist and Task Force President, the Crime Victim Memorial has been a place of healing and reflection for the countless victims who have been dedicated for many years now. We are thankful to OGS for this new memorial and hope to share it with you when we can all be together in person again next year.
The 2021 virtual Crime Victim Memorial is made possible in support from New York State Office of Victim Services, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Albany County District Attorney’s Office, Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center and the New York State Police. The NYCVATF has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. For information about national efforts to promote 2021 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at www.ovc.gov.