What: Eleventh Annual Recognition of Crime Victims Rights
and Tree Dedication
When: 10 a.m., THURSDAY, April 10
Where: Tarrant County Resource Connection, Welcome Center, 1100 Circle Drive, Fort Worth
Who: Judge Brent Carr, County Criminal Court #9
Roy Charles Brooks, Tarrant County Commissioners for Pct. 1
Lori Clarida, LMSW, Tarrant County Coalition of Crime Victim Services
Judi Ketchum, Director Tarrant County Resource Connection
Deb Baughman, Victim's Voice
Jennifer Lacefield, Singer
This is the 11th year that the Tarrant County Coalition of Crime Victim Services has dedicated or planted a tree in memory of Tarrant County crime victims. The Coalition was formed in 1987 by service providers and law enforcement agencies who were concerned with crime victims and their families.
This year's 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' need to be included in the justice process. Crime victim compensation programs were not consistently available and had no source of federal support.
Thirty 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 all to restore the balance of justice to all
those harmed by crime
For more information, contact Lori Clarida,Victim Assistance Coordinator of Tarrant County Sheriff's Office at 817-884-3697.
County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111
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