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United States Attorney’s Office Hosts National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of North Carolina
Pic 1: United States Attorney Sandra Hairston stands at a podium in front of a courthouse to give a speech at a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony. Pic 2: Three women release butterflies to honor victims of crime in front of a courthouse to give a speech at a National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony.

GREENSBORO – Yesterday, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina- with the Victim Services Interagency Counsel of North Carolina, Triad Ladder of Hope, and the Greensboro Police Department – hosted an event honoring victims of crime in Guilford County.

The event, attended by community members, law enforcement partners, and victims’ rights groups, is part of the Department of Justice’s annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) that pays tribute each year to the victims of crime all around the nation. Speakers at the event included US Attorney Sandra J. Hairston, Assistant District Attorney for Guilford County Kelly Thompson, Dr. Irish Spencer of Families Against Senseless Killings, and Deputy Chief Renae Sigmon and Detective Caroline Holliday of the Greensboro Police Department.

In 2022, there were nearly 20 million crime victimizations in the United States. More than 6.6 million were the result of violent crimes, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Of that 6.6 million, only about 42% were reported to police. In 2023, Guilford County reported hundreds of cases of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, gun violence, homicide, and human trafficking.

“As prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and victim/witness professionals, we are committed to upholding the rights of crime victims and providing them with vital assistance,” said United States Attorney Sandra J. Hairston. “We are honored to do this work, and are inspired by the remarkable strength and resilience of the victims we meet. The people gathered here today, whether they be survivors, advocates, or members of law enforcement, share a powerful bond. You may come from different neighborhoods and different walks of life, but you are bound by courage and a commitment to make our community safer and stronger.”

Each year in April, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), which honors crime victims and those who serve them. This year, NCVRW is April 21-27, and the theme is How would you help? Options, services, and hope for crime survivors. This year, the USAO is focusing on creating safe environments for crime victims to share what happened to them and offer support, options for life-saving services, and most importantly, hope. Learn how you can help by visiting https://OVC.OJP.Gov/NCVRW2024.


Updated April 25, 2024