Stockton, CA - The Victim-Witness Unit of the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, in commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW), April 7-13, 2019, is hosting two public events in coordination with the Victims of Violent Crime San Joaquin Support Group, including a 5k walk in downtown Stockton and a remembrance ceremony, prior to being recognized by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.
This week's #SurvivorStrong events are organized to raise awareness about crime victims' rights and encourage our community to embrace and share the important resources and services available.
Monday, April 8th - 5k Wellness Walk of Remembrance and Celebration to support survivors and their families on their journey to healing. Participants are invited to join us at 11:30am (corner of East Weber Avenue and South Center Streets). Participants are invited to walk or run at their own pace and participate in the celebration of healing and reflection, alongside families.
Tuesday, April 9 - Recognition Ceremony and Presentation by the County Board of Supervisors. Members of the community are invited to join us outside of the 222 East Weber, corner of Weber and San Joaquin for a light continental breakfast at 8:30am followed by a series of brief presentations and an exhibit honoring victims of violent crime in our community. Following this program, families will be recognized with a proclamation during the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors meeting across the street at 9am. This meeting is open to the public and will be streamed on the county's website.
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW by promoting victims' rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. This year's theme "Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future" encourages commemoration, honor, and respect toward the crime victim advocates, allied professionals, and selfless volunteers who have courageously worked for increased rights for crime victims. The theme also invites us to look toward a future of inclusive, accessible, and innovative resources and services for survivors.
The District Attorney's Victim-Witness Program provides a variety of services for crime victims and witnesses to make their experience with the criminal justice system less traumatic and easier to understand. Our mission is to To provide comprehensive and coordinated services to all victims of violent crimes with fairness, dignity, and respect. And to empower victims in their recovery from the effects of crime through crisis intervention and related support services. We strive every day to bring victory to victims and deliver justice for all.
The theme of our 5k walk on Monday is "We are Survivor Strong." Everyone is welcome to join the walk in honor of their loved ones, and in support of victims and survivors in our community. The walk will commence at the corner of East Weber and South Center streets, following a brief program. Water, snacks, and commemorative bibs will be provided. The #SurvivorStrong colors for this year are blue, gold, and orange.