SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – April 22 marks the beginning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to focus on victims of crime and celebrate our nation’s progress in serving them. This year’s theme—“Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim”—celebrates the vision behind that progress and the ideal of serving all victims of crime.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will begin in Washington, DC, at the Department of Justice’s annual Attorney General’s National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony, April 20, to honor outstanding individuals and programs that serve victims of crime. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office will observe National Crime Victims’ Week with special events and programs from April 22-April 28.
“Fighting for victims is our passion every day of the year, but this week is an important time to raise awareness in support of victims’ rights to show them that we care about their losses and that we realize their pain is something that lasts an eternity,” said District Attorney Michael A. Ramos. “It also reminds us all in the district attorney’s office why we seek justice for victims of crime.”
District Attorney Ramos will be attending the Victims’ Rights Rally in Sacramento on Tuesday, April 24, and the annual march to the Capitol in recognition of victims’ rights followed by the victims’ rights ceremony at the State Capitol. Ramos is also scheduled to attend a candlelight vigil later that evening hosted by the San Bernardino Police Department at 7:00 p.m.
Additionally, Families & Friends of Murder Victims will be hosting the 13th Annual Candlelight Remembrance to promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. The Memorial will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Rancho Cucamonga Civic Center. Ramos will be the opening guest speaker at the event.
Victim Memorial Display Boards will be on exhibit at the Fontana and Victorville District Attorney Offices during Victims’ Rights Week. For more information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please contact the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Bureau of Victim Services at (909) 382-3669.