Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Crime Victims Board
(518) 457-8828 or (518) 275-5508 – cell
janine.kava@dcjs.ny.gov
For immediate release: Wednesday, April 2, 2008

New York State Crime Victims Board to sponsor events marking
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 13 – April 19

The New York State Crime Victims Board will mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week during the week of April 13 with several events throughout the Capital Region.

Recognized annually in April since 1981, National Crime Victims Rights’ Week is designed to call attention to the life-changing impact crime has on victims and their loved ones, to highlight services available to assist crime victims and to reinforce the message that victims’ voices need to be heard throughout the criminal justice system.

This year’s theme is “Justice for Victims. Justice for All.” The Crime Victims Board will mark Crime Victims’ Rights Week with the following events:

  • 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16: The Crime Victims Board will sponsor a blood drive at the Blood Donation Center on the concourse of the Empire State Plaza (near the Hallmark store). To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19: The Crime Victims Board and state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) will partner with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services as it sponsors an Operation Safe Child event at Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. Crime Victims Board and OPDV staff will share information about their respective agencies’ programs and services, while DCJS staff will be on hand to register children through the Safe Child program. Operation Safe Child provides parents or legal guardians with a free card that contains their child's vital information, including date of birth, gender, height, along with a photograph and fingerprint of both index fingers. If the parent or guardian wishes, that information is stored in a database so that it can be disseminated instantly if a child is abducted or lost.
  • 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 19: Crime Victims Board Chairwoman Tina M. Stanford will participate in the annual Memorial Brick Dedication Ceremony at the New York State Crime Victims Memorial at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. The event is sponsored by the Capital District Coalition for Crime Victims Rights.

In 1966, New York State was the first in the nation to establish an independent state agency – the Crime Victims Board – to oversee crime victim compensation. The five-member Crime Victims Board’s mission is three-fold: to provide compensation to innocent victims of crime in a timely, efficient and compassionate manner; to fund direct services to crime victims via a network of community-based programs; and to advocate for the rights and benefits of all innocent victims of crime.