Texas Honors National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 22-28

Guest Blogger: Chris Castillo, National Outreach Coordinator, Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation

Every April in communities across the U.S., crime victims, victim 
advocates, criminal justice professionals and the general public 
commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. For 30 years Texas 
has been a leader in the victims’ rights movement, and there is no 
better time than now for Texans to focus on the hard-won rights that 
victims of crime in our state have earned, according to the Texas 
Department of Criminal Justice’s Victim Services Division.

Attending at least one crime victims rights week event every year has become a habit for me – specifically a candlelight vigil. It is a place where crime victims can unite to remember loved ones and pay tribute to the struggle of overcoming victimization.

For crime victims, learning to live with the aftermath of a crime is a journey. It is something that is always part of you and sometimes molds who you are and who you become. I like to think that the death of my mother – who was murdered in 1991 – has made me a different person. I believe it has changed me in a way that would make my mother proud. Now I am working with crime victims though Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation.
It is my goal to keep Pilar’s memory alive and create a legacy that she would be proud of. Crime victims rights week gives my family a chance to remember my mother and pay tribute to her accomplishments.

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Read more from Chris and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on page 4 of the most recent TCADP newsletter:
https://tcadp.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/spring-2012.pdf

Communities across the state will be observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 22-28, 2012, with vigils and other types of events. Below you will find descriptions and/or links to some of these events.

Austin

Step Up Now! Outreach/Benefit Concert

A concert to commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Quenby and the West of Wayland Band open for Hector Ward and the Big Time

Live music, food samples, drink specials and more

Wednesday April 25th, 5-9 pm, at Ray Benson’s Rattle Inn

Tickets are $15 dollars and include a raffle to win a Kindle Fire

For more information follow this link.

Essay Contest Travis County Sheriff’s Office & People Against Violent Crime

3rd Annual “Speak Out” Essay Contest

This year’s theme, “Extending the Vision – Reaching Every Victim”

For details call Deputy Kimberly Orts at (512) 854-3248 or follow thislink.

College Station/ Brazos Valley Area

April 23rd, 2012, 10 a.m.: Press Conference at the Oakdale Mall

April 20th-April 30th: CVAC’s Memorial Wall will be displayed at the Oakdale Mall April 24th, 6 p.m.: Tribute for Victims & Balloon Release at Cheri Lindsey Park April 27th, 2012, 8 a.m.: Victims Rights Breakfast, McKinley Inn, Endicott.

For more information follow this link.

Every Victim, Every Time Crime Victim Conference – April 24 & 25

For more information follow this link.

Collin County

“Empty Shoe Project 2012”

Presented by Collin County Crime Victim’s Council & Collin County District Attorney’s Office

April 22 – 28 – Empty shoes will be displayed on the courthouse steps to represent the number of victims who have walked through the local justice system in the past year.

Shoes are currently being collected and when the event is over, a local church will distribute the shoes on their next mission trip.

For more information – including how to donate – follow this link.

Dallas

Crime Victims’ Rights Week Luncheon

For more information follow this link.

El Paso

“Help, Hope, Healing” Crime Victims’ Memorial Name Reading Ceremony

Sunday, April 22 at 9 am

Crime Victims’ Memorial Reading Garden Pavilion,

Yucca Park – 610 N Yarbrough, El Paso, TX

For more information follow this link.

Houston

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Observance

Wednesday, April 21, 11 a.m. to noon

Houston City Hall – Reflection Pool Area

For more information follow this link.

San Antonio

For information on a number of events in the San Antonio area follow these links – My San Antonio and Bexar County

 

One thought on “Texas Honors National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 22-28

  1. Personally, I have no issue with someone being lethally injected for committing acts of violent and premeditated murder, none at all, but those poor, innocent families that are left behind. As if they haven’t suffered enough already by having a convicted killer in the family, we can only surmise at the unimaginable pain they experience when their family member is put to death. Focus solely on the crimes of these vicious and callous murderers and for many of us it is really quite easy to support the death penalty. If we stop for a moment, though, and consider the families of these killers in a way that they themselves never did when they committed their murderous acts, we might just be satisfied with life in prison without parole, at least, that’s my view.

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