Bipartisan Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Week
Washington, DC — Today the bipartisan co-chairs of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus commemorated National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which is being observed April 19 – 25, 2020.
“Periods of extended isolation are shown to lead to increases in incidents of domestic abuse. This National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, as we work together to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus, it’s important that we remain vigilant and look out for one another,” said Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX). “As Co-Chair of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, I offer my heartfelt appreciation to the public safety professionals dedicated to keeping our communities safe. And to the survivors who have fought back against these heinous crimes, I offer my sympathy and a commitment to seek justice, ensure victims’ rights and inspire hope as we work to combat the scourge of domestic abuse, human trafficking and hate crimes in our country.”
“As a co-chair of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, it is my honor to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and stand with all of the crime victims and survivors across America,” said Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (R-AZ). “As a survivor of domestic violence, I have seen firsthand the importance of victims’ rights and I know the importance of raising awareness for these rights, not just this week, but throughout the year. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the caucus to protect and promote victims’ rights in the United States.”
“Crime victims and survivors need and deserve our support, this week and throughout the year,” said Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA). “During 2020 National Crime Victims' Rights Week, it is important to remember how we can all help them improve their lives. Federal programs like the Crime Victims Fund are critical to supporting over 10,000 organizations, like the Marjaree Mason Center in Fresno, that provide essential services to millions of victims every year. I remain committed to ensuring that survivors of all crimes are no longer left in the shadows.”
“This year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week comes during our fight against the coronavirus pandemic. But we are waging another battle—the one against increasing sexual and domestic violence in our county exacerbated by isolation and stress,” said Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (D-TX). “We must be relentless in our support of crime victims' rights, raise awareness in our communities, and strive to ensure victims know they are protected and can access essential resources and services even as we practice social distancing.”
Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has been commemorated to highlight crime victims’ rights, needs, and concerns. The week is recognized by victim advocacy organizations, community groups, and state, local, and tribal agencies to raise awareness of victims’ rights and services. This year, many virtual gatherings are taking place in recognition of this important week.
For more information about the week and suggested activities to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights online and through virtual events, visit: https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2020/
The Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus is the bipartisan voice in Congress for victims of crime. The caucus represents the interests of crime victims, generates awareness about violent and sexual crime in our country, and works to increase resources available to law enforcement to combat the problem.