U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace Observes Nationwide Crime Victims’ Rights Week & Hosts Ceremony To Honor

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Every year in April, the Division of Justice and the USA Lawyer’s Workplace for the Western District of North Carolina observe Nationwide Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), by taking time to honor victims of crime and those that advocate on their behalf.

All through this week, the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace joins federal, state, native and Tribal legislation enforcement businesses, service suppliers, sufferer advocates and different allied professionals in remembering and honoring victims misplaced to violence and survivors of violence. This 12 months’s observance, which takes place April 24-30, with the theme “Rights, Entry, Fairness for all Victims,” underscores the significance of aiding crime survivors discover their justice by implementing victims’ rights, increasing entry to providers, and making certain fairness and inclusion.

To commemorate NCVRW, the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace hosted an awards ceremony in the present day, to honor excellent people for his or her dedication to the reason for justice and for his or her help and repair to crime victims.

“This week highlights the significance of selling equal entry to providers for crime victims and making certain that our felony justice system helps all points of victims’ therapeutic and restoration all through the authorized course of and past,” mentioned U.S. Lawyer Dena J. King. “The people honored in the present day have been chosen for his or her work in delivering justice to victims and their family members. Their work serves as a reminder that what we do impacts numerous lives. I’m grateful for the honorees’ contributions and I’m happy with their work in making certain that each crime sufferer in Western North Carolina receives the help and justice they want and deserve.”

Following is an inventory of the 14 award recipients who have been nominated by their colleagues and chosen by U.S. Lawyer King:

Excellent Regulation Enforcement Award

  • Particular Agent Klarissa Zaffark – Homeland Safety Investigations
  • Captain Errol Wedra – Mint Hill Police Division
  • Captain Marnee Moberg – Mint Hill Police Division
  • Legal Analyst John White – Mint Hill Police Division

Excellent Legal Justice Skilled Award

  • Assistant U.S. Lawyer Alexis Solheim
  • Assistant U.S. Lawyer Kenneth Smith
  • Assistant U.S. Lawyer Caryn Finley
  • Assistant U.S. Lawyer Benjamin Bain-Creed
  • Assistant U.S. Lawyer Julia Wooden

Excellent Assist Workers Award

  • Authorized Assistant Robert Cassidy
  • Authorized Assistant Stacey Clickner
  • Authorized Administrative Specialist Shafia Rangoonwala
  • Paralegal Lisa Shenton

Excellent Sufferer Survivor Award

U.S. Lawyer King thanked the honorees for his or her excellent dedication and repair in working with crime victims and famous the vital function every honoree has performed in delivering justice and offering victims with the help they want within the aftermath of crime.

All through the nation, and within the Western District of North Carolina, sufferer advocacy organizations, group teams and state, native, and Tribal businesses host rallies, candlelight vigils, and different occasions throughout NCVRW, to lift consciousness of victims’ rights and providers. The Workplace for Victims of Crime (OVC) leads communities of their annual observances of NCVRW by selling victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those that advocate on their behalf. This 12 months, a number of nationwide occasions are returning in-person, however will proceed to characteristic livestream feeds. On Thursday, April 28, 2022, a candlelight vigil might be held on the Nationwide Mall close to the U.S. Capitol from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Friday, April 29, 2022, the Nationwide Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony might be held at Structure Gardens Nationwide Park on the Nationwide Mall from 3:00 p.m. to five:00 p.m. To entry a livestream feed for both occasion, please go to ovc.ojp.gov/dwell

OVC and the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace encourages widespread participation within the week’s occasions and in different victim-related observances all year long. For extra details about this 12 months’s Nationwide Crime Victims’ Rights Week and find out how to help victims in your group, please go to OVC’s web site at www.ovc.gov. For ongoing updates from OVC and concepts all year long on how one can help victims, please subscribe to OVC’s e-mail notifications at https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw/subscribe/.