As the state with the first and largest victim compensation program and national leader of victims’ rights and services, California once again honored victims, provided resources, and united communities in its commemoration of Crime Victims’ Rights Month.
Around the state, advocates and government agencies held events and distributed information and services available to victims of crime. I am proud of all our statewide partners, as well as our staff here at CalVCP on the incredible job they have done in bringing attention to this very important issue.
Here are just a few examples of the outstanding statewide efforts last month:
|CalVCP Executive Officer Julie Nauman greets California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris at the Victims' Rights Rally|
- Crime Survivors Awards Banquet, Orange County
- Victims’ Rights Symposium and Recognition Luncheon, LA County
- Candlelight Vigil and Resource Fair, Napa County
- Citizens of Courage Awards and Luncheon, San Diego County
- Victims’ Rights March and Rally, Orange County
- Outstanding Citizen Awards Ceremony, Sacramento County
- Justice Awards, San Francisco County
- Crime Victims’ Tribute, Yolo County
- Victims’ Rights Week March & Advocacy, San Joaquin County
I believe this year’s message, Facing New Challenges, Finding New Hope, was heard throughout California, and I’d like to share a few highlights with you. During the week of April 7, CalVCP Connection posted a series of guest blogs from crime victim experts and service providers (scroll down to read more). Later in the month we hosted our annual Victims’ Rights Rally and March in Sacramento with keynote speaker California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Lastly, we wrapped up the month with our first ever Victims’ Rights Digital Town Hall where Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson moderated discussions on human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence, and victim resources.
Thank you California for your support and commitment to ensure we are making the needs of crime victims a priority. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of thousands of victims and survivors.
Julie Nauman is the Executive Officer for the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (VCGCB). VCGCB provides compensation for victims of violent crime and helps to resolve claims against the State.