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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

U.S. Department of Justice Observes National Crime Victims' Rights Week with Events Throughout the Country

In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8-14, 2018, United States Attorney Brandon Fremin of the Middle District of Louisiana will be participating in several local events observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, including “An Evening of Remembrance” event hosted by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office and a Crime Victims’ Rights picnic hosted by the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office.  

“In law enforcement, we are sworn to serve and protect,” Attorney General Sessions said. “We carry out this oath every day by protecting the rights of law abiding people from criminals and by achieving justice for crime victims. This week, we remember the millions of Americans who have been victimized by criminals and we thank those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their service to those victims. As we do so, we recommit ourselves to fulfilling our oath and to reducing crime in America.”

U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin of the Middle District of Louisiana stated, “The importance of our law enforcement mission is most clearly illustrated by those who have been victimized by crime.  Their stories remind us that crime statistics are not mere statistics; they represent real crimes affecting real people and real families.  This week we remember those victims and recommit ourselves to making our community a safer place.” 

Each year in April, the Department of Justice and United States Attorney’s Offices observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week nationwide by taking time to honor victims of crime and those who advocate on their behalf. In addition, the Justice Department and U.S. Attorney’s Offices organize events to honor the victims and advocates, as well as bring awareness to services available to victims of crime. This year’s observance takes place April 8-14, with the theme Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.

The U.S. Department of Justice will host the Office for Victims of Crime’s annual National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2018, to honor outstanding individuals and programs that serve victims of crime.

The Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, within the Office of Justice Programs, leads communities across the country in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week each year. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in 1981 to bring greater sensitivity to the needs and rights of victims of crime.

The Office of Justice Programs provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. Because most of the responsibility for crime control and prevention falls to law enforcement officers in states, cities, and neighborhoods, the federal government can be effective in these areas only to the extent that it can enter into partnerships with these officers. More information about the Office of Justice Programs and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov. More information about Crime Victim’s Rights Week can be found at https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/. You may also contact the U.S. Attorney’s Middle District of Louisiana Victim Witness Program at (225) 389-0443.

Updated April 10, 2018