Sixth Annual Walk of Hope recognizing National Crime Victims’ Week set for April 27

The Sixth Annual Walk of Hope recognizing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is set for April 27 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is dedicated to learning about victimization, the effect victimization has on individuals, families, friends, and the community, and promoting laws, policies, and programs to help victims of crime.

“Every year, thousands of communities across the nation honor the dedication of those before us that established victim rights and renew their commitment to guarantee that all victims have the rights and services they need to recover from crime,” said Paris CASA.

Local agencies and victim services from the District Attorney’s office are preparing for this event in hopes of encouraging the community to support and empower all victims of crime.

Victim Support Services participates in marches, tree-planting ceremonies, and many other activities held each year to promote victims’ rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

The Sixth Annual Walk of Hope will start at 11:30 a.m. on the Plaza in Downtown Paris with free drinks and hot dogs. There will also have live performances featuring Tony Boss and the Justiss Elementary School’s choir and Mixed Society.

At 11:30 a.m., the organization will begin serving the hot dog lunch until they run out. Agencies that support crime victims will have tables set up with information.

The program will begin at 12 p.m., and the walk being at 12:30 p.m. with an about 1-mile walk around the downtown area and participants will hold up signs supporting crime victims.

The event will conclude at about 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Lamar County District Attorney’s Offices’ Victim Assistance Coordinator Jane Adams at 903-737-2458 or email jadams@co.lamar.tx, or CASA for KDIS of Paris’ Case Manager Rochelle Harrison at 903-737-4346 or email rochelleh.pariscasa@gmail.com.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was first observed in 1981 during April to provide the U.S. the opportunity to honor survivors and promote crime victims’ rights and services. The National campaign may be more than 40 years old, but each April, the issue of crime victims gets the spotlight during National Crime Victims Rights Week.

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