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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of West Virginia, along with federal, state and local advocates of crime victims’ rights, will host an opening ceremony in recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights Week on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. in the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse in Charleston.
The ceremony will feature officials working in the criminal justice system, agencies and organizations providing services to crime victims, and crime victims themselves who can speak firsthand to their experience. As part of the event, there will be a presentation of the 2016 Excellence in Victim Advocacy and Justice Awards to Corporal Anthony Craigo of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and Certified Victim Advocate Sarah Kingston of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. Crime Victim Survivor Joyce Richmond will also receive the 2017 Special Courage Award.
This ceremony marks the 17th Annual Operation Reach Out event. Operation Reach Out is a collaborative group of federal, state and local agencies and organizations that work to raise awareness about the rights, protections, and services available to crime victims in West Virginia. This event is being held in conjunction with the nationwide observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which begins on April 2 and runs through April 8, 2017. The theme of National Crime Victims' Rights Week this year is "Strength. Resilience. Justice."
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