From the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office:
The Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office, has received funding for a Victims’ Rights Week outreach activity to be held during Victims’ Rights Week April 10-16, 2011, from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The week of April 10 – 16, 2011, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), which was first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. This annual observance seeks to increase public awareness of, and knowledge among crime victims and survivors about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past.”
According to Joseph Cassilly, State’s Attorney for Harford County, his office is hosting an “Open Forum Panel Discussion” to be held on April 13, 2011, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Edgewood Senior Center, 1000 Gateway Drive, Edgewood, MD 21040, to give crime victims a chance to be heard by representatives of the criminal justice system. The panel will be comprised of the State’s Attorney for Harford County, representatives from the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, the Maryland Division of Parole and Probation, the Maryland State Police, and a victim of crime. Each panel member will provide an introduction and describe their role in the system and the services they provide. In coordination with this year’s Theme, “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past”, the floor will be open to speakers to voice their concerns, make suggestions, offer praise, remember a loved one, and/or ask questions .
For additional information about 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Harford County, please contact Terry Sullivan, Victim/Witness Coordinator, Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office, at 410-638-3500 or visit our Web site at www.harfordcountymd.gov/statesattorney or information about national efforts to promote 2011 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime Web site at http://www.ovc.gov.