Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the Nation to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime. During NCVRW, we celebrate the accomplishments of the victims’ rights movement and reflect on how far we have come.

This year NCVRW is observed April 24–30. The 2022 NCVRW theme is Rights, access, equity, for all victims. The theme underscores the importance of helping crime survivors find their justice by:

  • Enforcing victims’ rights.
  • Expanding access to services.
  • Ensuring equity and inclusion for all.

Locally, the Crime Victims Service Providers Committee works on these issues. On Wednesday April 27, at 1 pm, St. Mary’s Home for Children will join other local providers to celebrate the 2022 NCVRW Award Ceremony – recognizing 7 local people and organizations for their work helping crime victims.

St. Mary’s Angelica Spirito is a co-chair of the Committee and will help lead the program appearing on the Family Service of RI Facebook page along with co-chairs, Candace Jondrow of Family Service, and Lisa Hoopis of Sojourner House.

“This is for the victims, survivors, and families – to know that we are thinking of them, that we haven’t forgotten about them and we are here to advocate for them,” said Spirito.

The Committee does other actions throughout the year such as a Victims Assistance Academy, which trains providers, and they are currently updating an RI Victims Resource Guide.  St. Mary’s is committed to continuing to work on victims rights and help those who have been through this trauma.