Florence, AZ - Pinal County will observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with events taking place from Monday, April 19 to Saturday, April 24.
“This year’s theme is ‘Fairness, Dignity, Respect,’ and it reflects the ideals that inspired the movement for victims’ rights,” said James P. Walsh, Pinal County Attorney. “My office and our community will stand in support of those harmed by crime.”
Pinal County residents are invited to join local officials for the kick-off in Florence at 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 19, in front of the Pinal County Superior Court Complex, located at 971 N. Jason Lopez Circle in Florence.
The Pinal County Attorney’s Office and non-profit organizations throughout the county are sponsoring events to promote awareness and inform residents of their rights.
• Informational outreach sessions,
• Ice cream social events, and
• A candlelight vigil
(Please see attached schedule)
Recognition of victims’ rights has progressed dramatically since the 1980s. All states and the federal government have comprehensive victims’ rights laws and 33 states, including Arizona, have constitutional amendments to protect victims’ rights. The federal “Justice for All Act” of 2004 and specific Arizona laws also protect victims.
“I am very proud of the hard and often painful work the County Attorney’s Victims’ Services Unit does,” Walsh said. “Crime victims need the advocacy and notification we provide.”