MONTGOMERY, AL – VOCAL, Victims of Crime and Leniency, a statewide victims’ rights and services organization, has received federal funding to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 7 – 13, 2019).
The funding will be used to enhance and expand the agency’s traditional candlelight vigil held annually to remember victims of violent and other crimes and to honor their families and friends. The grant funding will enable VOCAL to partner with statewide and local agencies to recognize a number of people in Alabama who have been long-standing and meaningful voices for victims, and to expand activities for children. The funding comes from the U. S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) through the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA).
This year’s candlelight vigil and victims’ memorial service will be held April 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the back entrance to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office (across from the State Capitol) at the corner of Bainbridge Street and Dexter Avenue. The theme for 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Honoring our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.” Victims will share information about their experiences, and VOCAL leaders will honor VOCAL Founder Miriam Shehane and others. Special children’s activities and educational items will be provided.
“The support from OVC and NAVAA for our 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims,” said VOCAL Executive Director Janette Grantham. “Members of our community are encouraged to honor the past achievements of programs that aid crime victims and survivors, and join us in creating hope for a future where all crime survivors are treated with dignity and respect, and receive the services they need and deserve.”
Since 2004, OVC’s NCVRW Community Awareness Project has provided financial and technical assistance to more than 1,000 community projects that promote victim and public awareness activities, and innovative approaches to victim/survivor outreach and public education about victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. VOCAL was one of the 92 projects recommended by NAVAA and selected for funding by OVC for 2019 from the 200 applications that were submitted nationwide.
For additional information about VOCAL’S 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Alabama, please contact VOCAL at 334.262.7197. For information about national efforts to promote 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at www.ovc.gov/ncvrw.
The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is a non-profit organization that represents the 56 state agencies that distribute money from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims Fund to more than 6,300 direct victim assistance service providers. The money in the Crime Victims Fund comes from fines and other monetary penalties collected from offenders convicted of Federal crimes and not from U.S. taxpayers.