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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Alabama

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Prosecutors & Crisis Services of North Alabama Recognize Champions for Crime Victims

 

April 10 Ceremony Commemorates 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

 

HUNTSVILLE — The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Alabama, Madison County District Attorney’s Office and Crisis Services of North Alabama will commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a ceremony Tuesday, April 10, recognizing individuals who have shown a commitment to helping crime victims.

The agencies will present the 2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Recognition Ceremony from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Drive NW, Huntsville. Alexis Barton, an outspoken advocate for sexual assault survivors, will be the ceremony’s featured speaker. Barton is an active member of the Junior League of Birmingham and serves on the board of One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center, which provides coordinated services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with a multi-disciplinary team of professionals working together under one roof.

The Crime Victims’ Rights Recognition Ceremony in Huntsville will honor individuals from the areas of victim advocacy, law enforcement and prosecution who have contributed outstanding services to victims.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week this year is April 8-14. The U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of the week by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s theme – Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims – highlights how a community’s investment in crime victims expands the opportunity for victims to disclose their victimization, connect with services, and receive the support they need. The theme also acknowledges the many barriers facing vic­tims of crime, especially LGBTQ victims, older adults, speakers with limited English proficiency, those with disabilities, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and others from historically marginalized communities.

This event is free and open to the public.

To register to attend the Huntsville ceremony, visit https://usaoalntraining.org/NationalCrimeVictimsCeremony.

For additional ideas on how to support victims of crime, visit OVC’s website at www.ovc.gov.

*Graphics of this year’s logo are available on the OVC website.

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Updated March 29, 2018