U S ATTORNEY S OFFICE TO PROMOTE NATIONAL VICTIMS RIGHTS WEEK by DOJ

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									           U. S. Department of Justice
                                                     United States Attorney
                                                     Southern District of Georgia

                                                     Post Office Box 8970                       100 Bull Street

                                                     Savannah, GA 31412                    Savannah, GA 31401
                                                     (912) 652-4422 / FAX (912) 652-4805


FOR IM M EDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT: Edmund A. Booth, Jr.
                                                     United States Attorney

Tuesday, April 8, 2008                               NO: (706) 724-0517



   U. S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TO PROMOTE NATIONAL VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK

        SAVANNAH: Edmund A. Booth, Jr., U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia,

today announced the U. S. Attorney’s Office will participate in National Crime Victims’ Rights

Week, April 13-19, 2008. On Monday, April 14, 2008, the Family Violence Council is

sponsoring “Hiding in Plain Sight: Predators Among Us,” a program looking at sexual abuse in

our backyard. Assistant U. S. Attorney and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator Julie M. Wade

will participate in the panel, along with representatives from local and state agencies. The

program begins at 7:00 and will be held at the JEA, 5111 Abercorn Street in Savannah. Other

communities throughout the Southern District of Georgia are participating in events to support

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

        “The theme of this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is ‘Justice for Victims,

Justice for All,” said Booth. “That means there will be no justice for any of us if we do not seek

greater fairness for victims of crime. It’s time for our community to stand behind those harmed

by crime” he continued. Justice for victims has progressed dramatically since the 1980s. All

states and the federal government have comprehensive victims’ rights laws and a victim
compensation fund. Important laws, such as the federal Justice for All Act of 2004, extend

protections to victims and close gaps in victims’ rights.

       The U. S. Department of Justice will launch National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in

Washington, DC with its annual National Candlelight Observance Ceremony on April 10, and its

Awards Ceremony, April 11, to honor extraordinary individuals and programs that serve victims

of crime. For additional information about National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (and ideas on

how to serve victims in your community), please contact Ms. Debra Jones at the U. S. Attorney’s

Office, Southern District of Georgia at (912) 652-4422. For more ideas on how to volunteer,

visit the Office of Victims of Crime website, www.crimevictims.gov/volunteers.html.

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