Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Courtesy of the Cheyenne Police Department:
RELEASE: The Cheyenne Police Department Victim Assistance Program has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The week of April 6 – 12, 2014, is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW).
This annual observance, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, seeks to increase general public
awareness of, and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. The theme for 2014 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “30 Years:
Restoring the Balance of Justice.”
The theme commemorates the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the U.S. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
Since 2004, the NCVRW Community Awareness Project has provided financial and technical assistance to more than 650 community projects that promote victim and public awareness activities, and
innovative approaches to victim outreach and public education about victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Cheyenne Police Department Victim Assistance Program was one of the 71 projects recommended by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators and selected for funding by OVC for 2014 from the 125 applications that were submitted nationwide.
According to OVC Director Joye Frost, the Community Awareness Project helps generate widespread public awareness of crime victims’ rights and needs, and the importance of engaging all people in America in victim assistance efforts.
According to Ms. Frost, “This year’s theme is especially relevant because VOCA is the federal government’s main method of supporting critical assistance to victims of all types of crimes. The money for this support comes from fines collected from offenders convicted of federal crimes and not from U.S. taxpayers. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is our opportunity to support public awareness of crime victims’ rights and the critical, often life-saving services provided by thousands of programs across our Nation to help crime victims,” Frost said.
List of Events:
Sunday, April 6th, 2014 – National Crime Victim Rights Week 2014 Kick-Off Event at Primrose Retirement Communities from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Open to the public. Food provided.
Monday, April 7th, 2014 – Display “Survivor Wall” at Cheyenne Police Department Victim Assistance.
Tuesday, April 8th – Networking Event at IBMC from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Display “Survivor Wall”
Wednesday, April 9th –Law Enforcement Agencies Victim Assistance Programs to present National Crime Victim Rights Week on KYOY All American Spanish Show with Jimmy Valdez at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10th – Paramount Café Networking Event, Featuring artist Forrest King’s “Battered Bride Project”. Display “Survivor Wall”. Special Speaker Law Enforcement Officer, Mic Sekerka. Open to the public.
Friday, April 11th- Networking at LCCC Student Lounge area from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Display “Survivor Wall”
Saturday, April 12th – Victim Tribute at the Downtown Cheyenne Depot from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Display “Survivor Wall”. Open to the public.