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"A Nation Unites for Victims' Rights:" State and Local Events Coordination Checklist

  • Order copies of the free National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide and Theme Poster from the OVC Resource Center by calling (800) 627-6872, and requesting NCJ 198169 (Resource Guide) and LT 000473 (Theme Poster) to augment public outreach and visuals for the April 10th observance.
  • Create a 2003 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Planning Committee and, specifically, a Committee to coordinate the April 10th "A Nation Unites for Victims' Rights" Observance.
  • Contact the Office for Victims of Crime to inform them of your participation, which will enhance national, regional and local media coverage of this nationwide event (state/local concurrent event response form).
  • Determine who should be involved as co-sponsors (sample list).
  • Distribute a "save the date" announcement for April 10th (sample announcement), and post it on all relevant web sites.
  • Widely distribute a press release to print, broadcast, and web-based news media (sample press release).
  • Widely distribute public service announcements to broadcast media (sample PSA).
  • Develop and disseminate an "at-a-glance" fact sheet (sample Fact Sheet).
  • Develop a Program for the evening:
    • Recognition of co-sponsors.
    • Linking local event to the national initiative (a national press release will be sent via e-mail to all local communities that return their "state/local concurrent event response form" to the Office for Victims of Crime).
    • Invited dignitaries.
    • Guest speakers.
    • Any awards offered.
    • Musical performances.
    • Concluding with a Candlelight Ceremony.
  • Provide participants with resources from the NCVRW Resource Guide:
    • Theme poster and three small "I Have the Right" posters.
    • Buttons.
    • Commemorative lapel ribbons on ribbon cards.
    • Other resources that you can replicate for your observance.
    • Creat a community display for April 10th (Step-by-Step instructions).
  • Follow-up with thank you letters to key participants (sample "Thank You" letter).
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State & Local Field Resource Package (2003) March 2003
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