National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – 2009

Friday January 30, 2009 – Local organizations have three months to plan for NCVRW. The theme for this year’s event, which runs April 26 to May 2, is “25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act.” The colors this year are cranberry red and blue.

VOCA was passed in 1984 under President Ronald Reagan, creating the Office for Victims of Crime to provide federal funding for state victims’ compensation funds. In fiscal year 2007, victims received more than $453 million.

The program also offers advanced training – such as the upcoming National Victim Assistance Academy – to local victim advocates.

Victim assistance units can receive a guide to planning local NCVRW events by signing up online with the Office for Victims of Crimes. Free copies are limited, so add your organization to the mailing list now.

There will be two events held in Washington D.C. prior to the beginning of NCVRW. The National Observance and Candlelight Ceremony is scheduled for April 23 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony will be held the next day at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Registration is required to attend the awards ceremony.
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