This year marks an important milestone in the rights of victims. The theme – 30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice – honors the extraordinary progress that has been made on behalf of millions of victims since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) in 1984. Before this historic legislation was enacted, the world was very different for crime victims, their families and communities. Local service providers who could meet victims’ needs for support, counseling or shelter were few. The criminal justice system, too often failed to recognize victims’ needs to be included in the justice process. Crime victim compensation programs were not consistently available and had no source of federal support. 30 Years is not an invitation to rest on three decades of progress – although much has been accomplished – but a reminder of the work still before us to restore the balance of justice to all those harmed by crime.
VictimNet will be hosting a community awareness event on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. in front of the Jackson County Courthouse located at 415 East 12th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. A resource fair featuring local service providers will be taking place while local prosecutors Jean Peters Baker, the elected Jackson County Prosecutor and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District speak about victims’ rights. The Crystal Kipper Ali Kemp Award will also be presented. The community awareness event will highlight the struggle of survivors in our community. The Kansas City Police Department Mounted Patrol will also be on scene.
This project is supported by a National Crime Victims’ Right Week Community Awareness Project subgrant awarded by the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.