A Victim's Path to Recovery

Courtesy of the Victim-Witness Program, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia

Christine Jackson, Phillip Jackson, and Delilah Kelly, the parents and aunt of a young man named Phillip Jackson, Jr., formed an organization called Torch of Hope, Inc. following the murder of Phillip Jackson, Jr. Mr. Jackson was a victim of gun violence in the District of Columbia. The family wanted to help other families who were dealing with profound grief in the aftermath of the loss of a loved one to homicide. Torch of Hope, Inc. helps victims and survivors of crime through the grieving process, by providing them with counseling referrals, life-skills assistance, and support.

The organization recently held its first annual luncheon in commemoration of Phillip Jackson, Jr.’s death, with the broader purpose of providing hope and encouragement to other family members who lost loved ones to homicide. Numerous survivors attended the event, which provided inspirational speakers, resources, and a message of hope for all. In the months since the luncheon, the Jacksons and Ms. Kelly have reached out to numerous survivors of homicide in an attempt to provide them with resources and hope.

Torch of Hope, Inc. was honored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia at their National Crime Victims’ Rights Week ceremony in April 2011.