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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE: United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice will address crime victims and crime victim advocates at two events being held during the week of April 10 to April 16, 2016 which has been designated as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The theme of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week this year is “Serving Victims, Building Trust, and Restoring Hope.”
The New Hampshire Crime Victims’ Rights Celebration will be held April 11 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church in Concord, New Hampshire. The event will feature United States Attorney Rice and New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster. This event is a co-sponsored by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, AmeriCorps Victims Assistance Program and Victims, Inc. The event is open to the public.
United States Attorney Rice will also speak at the Tri-State Advanced Victim Assistance Academy, an annual training event jointly sponsored by the United States Attorney’s Offices in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. The Academy is hosted this year by the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire and will be held on April 12 and 13, 2016 in Concord. The two day conference will build on the knowledge and skills advocates receive in basic and foundational trainings. The goal is to educate and support victim advocates and individuals who work closely with victims of crime. Additional information for victim support can be found at https://www.justice.gov/usao-nh/programs/victim-witness-assistance-program or by contacting Victim Witness Specialist Jennifer Hunt at the United States Attorney’s Office.
United States Attorney Rice stated: “Crime victims deserve to be treated with empathy and respect. During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week we honor the goals of providing assistance and support to crime victims and the advocates who spend countless hours helping victims every day. As the United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire and an advocate for the protection and support of all victims, I look forward to working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement and victim advocates to make sure victims’ voices are heard, their concerns addressed, and their role as victims of crime are recognized. Together we can ensure justice for victims and support their healing.”