NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK AT HONOLULU HALE
News Release from PSD, Apr 21, 2022
HONOLULU – Every year, millions of Americans are affected by crime. April 24-30th is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), a time to celebrate progress achieved, raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, and stand with our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues whose lives have been forever altered by crime.
This year’s theme is Rights, Access, Equity, for All Victims. The theme underscores the importance of helping crime survivors find their justice by:
- enforcing victims’ rights,
- expanding access to services, and
- ensuring equity and inclusion for all.
In observance of NCVRW, the Department of Public Safety, the Crime Victim Compensation Commission, the Hawai’i Paroling Authority, the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, City & County of Honolulu, and the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Coalition are hosting an in-person Proclamation Ceremony and Pop-Up Resource Fair at the Honolulu Hale Courtyard (530 S. King Street) on Monday, April 25th, 2022, from 11:30 to 4:00 PM. The event will include presentations from State and City officials, victim/survivor stories, and the contribution of various victim service agencies that will be available to provide information about their agencies and the services provided to crime victims.
Please bring the names of Crime Victims and Survivors to be displayed on our “Tribute Wall” at the event. We are also asking participants to bring flowers for the “Floral Tribute” to honor crime victims and survivors.
- Adult Friends for Youth
- City of County of Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney – Victim Witness Kokua Services
- Hawai’i Crime Victim Compensation Commission
- The Department of Public Safety’s Victim Assistance Programs
- The Department of the Attorney General – Criminal Justice Division
- Domestic Violence Action Center
- Hawai’i State Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
- Parents and Children Together
- U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Hawai’i
On Tuesday, April 26th, 2022, a virtual candlelight vigil will be held via Zoom to commemorate crime victims, survivors, and their families throughout the state of Hawai’i. During NCVRW, we acknowledge crime victim awareness, celebrate the accomplishments of the victims’ rights movement, and reflect on how far we have come.
For more information on NCVRW events, please visit pavhawaii.com for direct links to upcoming events and other helpful resources.
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Victims' rights candlelight vigil set for April 27 in Wailuku
News Release from Maui County, April 20, 2022
Mayor Michael Victorino will join the Maui County Department of the Prosecuting Attorney in commemorating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a ceremony and candlelight vigil from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the front lawn of the Kalana O Maui Building in Wailuku.
“Victims of violent crime, and their ‘ohana, often walk a long, lonely road toward healing,” said Mayor Victorino. "This candlelight vigil provides an opportunity for the community to come together to support them and one another. I look forward to a day when events like this are no longer needed."
Maui County Prosecuting Attorney Andrew Martin said: “As we begin to fully realize the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our most vulnerable populations, we recognize that many victims have suffered silently and crimes have been underreported. We hope to empower victims to step forward to seek justice and the resources they need.”
The ceremony and candlelight vigil aim to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights, and provide information about available resources and services. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week promotes victims’ rights and honors crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
For more information, contact the Victim/Witness Division in the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney at (808) 270-7695 or visit the Office of Victims of Crime’s website at www.ovc.ojp.gov.