National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Observances
RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., and the Interagency Council of North Carolina announce the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Observances, April 8 - April 14, 2018. This year’s theme-“Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.”- emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. This year’s theme addresses how the crime victim field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support; and how professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims.
Each April since 1981, when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first Victims' Rights Week, communities across the nation have held public rallies, candlelight observances, and commemorative activities to promote awareness of victims' rights and needs. This year, The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina is joining forces with victim service providers, criminal justice agencies, and concerned citizens throughout North Carolina and America to raise awareness of victims’ rights and observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
In honoring National Crime Victims’ Rights Week we reaffirm a commitment to respect and enforce victims’ rights and address victims’ needs during Crime Victims’ Rights Week and throughout the year; and express our appreciation for those victims and crime survivors who have turned personal tragedy into a motivating force to improve our response to victims of crime and to continue to advance the cause of justice for crime victims throughout North Carolina.
This year the ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History located at 5 East Edenton Street in Raleigh.