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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2019: “Honoring Our Past, Creating Hope for the Future”

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California

Victim Witness Coordinator Polly Montano (619) 546-8921    


SAN DIEGO – National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – a time for law enforcement, prosecutorial agencies, victim advocates and community members to come together and support victims of crime – is April 7-13.

Upholding the rights of victims not only protects victims of crime, but enhances public safety and fosters public confidence in our criminal justice system.  Agencies that participate in this weeklong tribute will acknowledge and honor crime victims nationwide.

The San Diego County Victim Assistance Coordinating Council (VACC) and the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego invite you to attend the 30th annual Candlelight Tribute for Crime Survivors on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.  The tribute will be held at the San Diego Police Officers’ Association Hall, 8388 Vickers St., San Diego, CA  92111.  The keynote speaker will be U.S. Attorney Robert S. Brewer, Jr. The Tribute is a time to memorialize victims and to hear inspirational words from local law enforcement agencies, victim advocates and personal stories from the victims themselves.

The Tribute is sponsored by the VACC.  VACC is comprised of the following agencies:  Alliance for Community Empowerment; the Crime and Trauma Recovery Program; the District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program; the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Victim Witness Program; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Victim Assistance Program; the Center for Mindful Relationships; Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD); Mothers with a Message; Parents of Murdered Children; San Diego Police Department Crisis Intervention; San Diego County Sherriff’s Department; the United States Attorney’s Office Victim/ Witness Program; the U.S. Marshals Office; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and other victim advocates.

By providing a single, uniform message from these agencies and service providers, we can help increase awareness and improve the assistance provided to all crime victims.

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Updated April 8, 2019

Community Outreach
Press Release Number: CAS19-0408-Victims