||U.S. Department of
Office of Justice Programs
Office for Victims of Crime
January 2, 2002
I am pleased to present to you the 2002 National Crime Victims'
Rights Week Resource Guide, developed for the first time in
partnership with the National Center for Victims of Crime. By bringing
together the most critical elements of past Office for Victims of
Crime Resource Guides and the National Center's Strategies for
Action Kit, this year's Resource Guide offers you a dynamic
vehicle for carrying out outreach and public education campaigns
in your own community.
The annual commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week
gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate the tremendous progress
made on behalf of victims and to help lend a measure of dignity
and respect to their plight. This year's theme, "Bringing Honor
to Victims," encapsulates the goal of the thousands of victim
advocates and victims themselves who have labored over the years
in an effort to gain standing and equity within the criminal justice
system and in society as a whole. It points up that we are striving
not simply for certain basic legal rights, but for a very fundamental
sense of selfhood and humanness very often denied victims.
The Office for Victims of Crime has the great privilege each year
of helping to lead communities across the country in their observances
of National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The terrorist attacks of
September 11th, while giving a very public urgency to America's
public safety concerns and underscoring the need for strong national
guidance, have not changed the fact that the real force behind victim
services lies in people like you who work day in and day out at
the local level.
There seem to be far too few opportunities to pay tribute to the
men and women who have dedicated themselves to lives of help and
healing. We in the Office for Victims of Crime are grateful for
the chance that National Crime Victims' Rights Week gives us to
do so. On behalf of all of us, thank you for all you do!
John W. Gillis
|National Crime Victims'
Rights Week: Bringing Honor to Victims