To the editor:

Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the nation to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime. Each year, communities across the country revisit the history of the victims’ rights movement, celebrate the progress made, and recommit to further advancements in the crime victims field.

April 18-24, 2021 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. A time to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available.

The faces of crime victims are those of our family, friends, neighbors, and community members. The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) heads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year’s theme – Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities. – celebrates the contributions that we all can make toward building trust in our community’s capacity to support the healing journeys of crime victims.

Barb Dinkel Goodrich

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General Crime Services Coordinator, Hands of Hope Resource Center

Long Prairie, MN