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    Observe National Crime Victims' Rights Week: April 6-12, 2014

    National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is being observed April 6–12, 2014. This year's theme—30 Years: Restoring the Balance of Justice—celebrates three decades of extraordinary progress made on behalf of millions of victims since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). This commemorative week has been set aside since 1981 to honor crime victims and the advocates, counselors, first responders, and others who assist them in their time of need.

    The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) helps communities throughout the Nation to promote victims' rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. Candlelight vigils, presentations about the impact victims have on the field, and numerous community service projects are happening during NCVRW.

    In fact, even before NCVRW begins, communities across the country hold special events to honor victims of crime and to raise awareness of victims' rights and issues. Visit the OVC National Calendar of Crime Victim Assistance-Related Events to learn about commemorative events planned for your area. This year's National Crime Victims' Service Awards Ceremony is being held Wednesday, April 9, in Washington, D.C. Visit the NCVRW Award Recipient Gallery or follow OVC on Twitter that day to learn more about the award recipients.

    OVC encourages you to promote NCVRW by downloading and displaying our Web banner ads on your Web site or finding opportunities to play the Theme DVD or public service announcement about human trafficking. Visit the banner gallery to choose your favorite and link it to the OVC NCVRW Web page.

    The Theme DVD highlights this year's theme and the progress made since the passage of the Victims of Crime Act in 1984, which makes victims' services and rights more open, inclusive, and flexible.

    "The Faces of Human Trafficking," the accompanying 60-second television PSA, intends to raise public awareness of human trafficking, demonstrate how anyone can be a victim, and show that survivors of this crime have very diverse backgrounds and experiences. This year's PSA is available in English, Spanish, Tagalog, Hindi, and Thai.
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