Dear Colleague and Friend:
The Office for Victims of Crime within the U.S. Department of
Justice is pleased to provide you with the 2003 National Crime
Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide. This year's theme, "Victims'
Rights: Fulfill the Promise" will help commemorate the 23rd anniversary
of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, and focus attention on
what our nation must do to "fulfill its promise" of dignity and
respect, of services and support, and of justice to crime victims.
It is critical that we take this opportunity to reach out to
people across America and encourage them to reach out
to victims of crime. The trauma, pain and sorrow that so many victims
endure can only be alleviated by consistent acts of compassion
from people who care about them, and who care about safety in our
homes, schools, neighborhoods and communities.
This year, the Office for Victim of Crime is commemorating twenty
years of service to our nation's victims and those who assist them.
While OVC's accomplishments — which are highlighted throughout
this Resource Guide — have been instrumental in expanding
victims' rights and services, there is still much to do to ensure
that we "fulfill
the promises" we make to crime victims. I challenge you to consider
the many barriers that victims of crime face on a daily basis,
and commit to do what you can to improve their rights.
This Resource Guide is an important component of OVC's new "National
Public Awareness and Education Campaign," which is designed to
help promote victims' rights, victim assistance, and the many resources
available from OVC to provide victims with help, hope and healing.
I am confident that the contents of this Resource Guide will help
you publicize victims' rights and needs not only during 2003 National
Crime Victims' Rights Week, but throughout the year.
And remember, true justice cannot be achieved until victims'
rights are not only celebrated annually, but practiced daily.
My staff and I send you best wishes for a highly successful commemoration
of 2003 National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
John W. Gillis
|National Crime Victims' Rights
Week: Fulfill the Promise
||April 612, 2003