U.S. President Barack Obama proclaimed Monday April 26 through May 2 as National Crime Victims' rights week, honoring crime victims and pledging to fight future crimes.
I call for all Americans to observe this week by participating in events that raise awareness of victims' rights and services and by volunteering to serve victims in their time of need, Obama said in a statement.
The United States has passed laws to protect crime victims in 1984 and set up funds and services for them. Under the 25 years old law, victims have access to basic assistance and financial compensation. It marks one of the most significant achievements in crime victim assistance and that funds have already helped millions of victims across the country.
Building on the legacy of victim support, the Obama administration also signed into law new measures to build on past success.
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which I signed in February, helps State and local law enforcement personnel perform critical work by providing $2 billion through the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program,” Obama said.
Cities around the United States are hosting local events to offer help and support crime victims during this week of remembrance.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 that has ever been passed.