National Crime Victims’ Right Week is April 24 to April 30, 2022. This annual observance provides the opportunity to raise awareness and underscore the importance of helping crime survivors find their justice by enforcing victims’ rights, expand access to services and ensure equity and inclusion for all.
This year’s national theme is “Rights, Access, Equity for all Victims”. The observance provides an opportunity for communities to play a role in reaching out to all victims by providing crime victim services and resources to meet their needs. Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has challenged the Nation to confront and remove barriers to achieve justice for all victims of crime. We celebrate these accomplishments of the victims’ rights movement and reflect on how far we have come by remembering crime victims and survivors.
The Eaton County Prosecutor’s Office would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for those community members, victim service providers and criminal justice professionals who are advocating for expanded support and services to communities affected by crime. They are committed to improving our response to all victims of crime so that they may find relevant assistance, support, justice and peace.
A Candlelight Vigil honoring Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be held at the State Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, April 27, at 6 p.m. it is open to the public, and I invite you to attend. This is a solemn event, which my staff supports and attends. It is another chance to honor past victims from across the state, as well as to inspire everyone in the criminal justice system – from legislators to law enforcement, and from prosecutors and victim advocates to judges – to make victim rights a practice, not merely a slogan. Randy Gilbert, one of Don Miller’s victims, will be a guest speaker at the vigil this year.
We are fortunate to have SIREN/Eaton Shelter, located here in Charlotte, providing support for the victims of Eaton County. On Friday, April 29, 2022, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in coordination with SIREN/Eaton Shelter we will be having a food truck event at 520 Robinson Street, Charlotte Michigan, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to SIREN. We encourage everyone to attend.
Together we can make a difference!
Douglas R. Lloyd
Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney