National Crime Victims Rights Week program enhanced

HOLBROOK, Ariz. - The Victim Services Division of the Navajo County Attorney's Office has received Community Awareness Project grant funding to promote community awareness of crime victims' rights and services during National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 22-28.

The funds were awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant program of the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) within the Office of Justice Programs of the U.S. Department of Justice. NAVAA is a non-profit organization representing 56 state agencies that distribute funds from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to more than 4,000 victim assistance service providers. All funds come from criminal fines and other penalties paid by federal offenders and not from taxpayer dollars.

National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, focuses on enhancing public awareness and knowledge of the wide range of rights and services available to crime victims and their families. This year's theme is "Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim."

Since 2004, the NCVRW Community Awareness Project has provided financial and technical assistance to 530 communities nationwide. According to County Attorney Brad Carlyon, this year's funding will go toward his office's third annual Crime Victims' Symposium, to be held in Snowflake. The symposium was one of 82 projects recommended by NAVAA and selected for funding by OVC from 146 applications submitted nationwide

"We couldn't sponsor our symposium without this grant, so we're delighted to have been awarded funding for the third consecutive year," Carlyon said. "This year, we also received funding for a few travel scholarships so more residents of the tribal lands can attend our symposium."

According to Carlyon, the symposium will be "a great time for everyone involved with victims' rights in Navajo County to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, recognize individuals who made exceptional contributions, and network with the many professionals who assist victims and their families."

Carlyon said his office is also sponsoring student poster and video contests in conjunction with NCVRW. Additional information about NCVRW activities or victims' rights and services in Navajo County may be obtained from Jaquel Moody, Victim Services Manager, at (928) 524-4332 or Jaquel.moody@navajocountyaz.gov.

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