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Published on April 23, 2024
U.S. Attorney's Office Marks 43rd National Crime Victims' Rights Week with Advocacy and HopeSource: Google Street View

In the spirit of honoring individuals who've fallen victim to crime and recognizing the resilience of survivors, the U.S. Attorney's Office is stepping up for the 43rd annual National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) from April 21-27. Observance of NCVRW is a nationwide call to support those who have suffered at the hands of criminals, and this year's theme is “Options, services, and hope for crime survivors,” according to the Justice Department’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

Addressing victim needs swiftly is crucial in preventing additional harm and fostering participation in the judicial process. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, along with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement affiliates, emphasizes the need to deliver critical services from the moment victimization occurs; this approach is key in halting the perpetuation of violence and rekindling the promise of a hopeful future for the afflicted. "Through the work of our victim services team, our new special victims unit, and all our staff who work on victim cases, seeking justice on behalf crime victims is central to our mission and continues to be a top priority for our office," Natalie Wight, U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, said in a statement.

The initiative is not just about solemn remembrances; it's also a time for action and advocacy. During this focused week, various advocacy organizations and government agencies host events like rallies, candlelight vigils, and community gatherings to emphasize the importance of victims' rights and the availability of supportive services. These events are crucial in raising public awareness and showing solidarity with those who have disrupted their lives by crime.