Posted: 11 Apr 2011 12:56 PM PDT
*The following news release was issued by Cal EMA on Monday, April 11, 2011.*
~2011 National Crime Victims' Rights Week~
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — April 10, 2011, marks the beginning of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a time to honor victims and the advocates of victims' rights. this year's theme, "Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past," evokes victims' past struggles and our nation's duty to help them rebuild stronger lives. In support, the California Emergency Management Agency provides millions in funding and programs each year to those impacted.
Today, Acting Secretary Mike Dayton joined with Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., and State agencies and advocates who are involved in protecting victims of crime at a rally at the State Capitol showing support and unity for California's victims.
"We must never forget the voices of those who have become the victims of crime," said Dayton. "One of our most important missions is to provide support to local jurisdictions to enhance services such as crisis intervention, emergency assistance, direct counseling, and support to victims," he said. "I'm proud of the tireless work of those in our Domestic Violence, Sexual Assualt, and Victim/Witness programs here at Cal EMA and I'm honored to be part of this important mission."
Some highlights of Cal EMA's work in victim and witness assistance:
This year we recall the past and a time, not too many years ago, when victims had no voice in the criminal justice system — when murder victims' families were excluded from courtrooms and assault victims paid all their own medical bills.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week honors the victims and advocates who confronted such injustices and helped produce a nationwide system of victim compensation and victims' rights.
For more information about Cal EMA programs, visit www.calema.ca.gov.
For additional information about the Sacramento Victims' Rights Rally or California's Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board visit www.calvcp.ca.gov.
For additional information about National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and how to help victims in your community, please visit http://www.vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/.
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