January 1, 2003
This April, we will observe the 23rd anniversary of
National Crime Victims' Rights Week. The theme, "Victims'
Rights: Fulfill the Promise," presents us with an opportunity
to build on the tremendous foundation of rights and services for
crime victims already established across our nation.
Justice Solutions — a new national non-profit advocating
for rights and services for victims and communities affected by
crime — is
pleased to present the 2003 National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Resource Guide to help you plan and implement activities in your
community and state. This package has been developed in conjunction
with the "National Public Awareness and Education Campaign" project
sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, which is creating
a national public awareness theme and strategy to promote victims'
rights and services nationwide. Our partners in this important
initiative are Parents of Murdered Children, Victims' Assistance
Legal Organization, Superfine Films, and Equals Three Communications.
The dedication and work of so many crime victims and survivors,
service providers, justice and allied professionals, and policy
makers over the last 30 years have resulted in more than 32,000
victims' rights laws and more than 10,000 organizations serving
crime victims. These are remarkable achievements but, as always,
there's more to do. We should not cease our efforts until every
crime victim is eligible for, and receives, all the rights and
services they need to aid in their recovery.
We hope that this year's Resource Guide offers you the tools you
need to fulfill the promise of full rights and services
for all crime victims, not only during National Crime Victims'
Rights Week but throughout the year. We encourage you to plan your
activities in partnership with crime victims and survivors, other
victim assistance and justice professionals, and allied professionals
in order to maximize the impact of this important week.
As this year's National Crime Victims' Rights Week draws near,
we will celebrate all that has been accomplished and commit our
energies to fulfill the promise of comprehensive rights and services
for all victims of crime.