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Legislation #: 160255 Introduction Date: 4/7/2016
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBERS HALL, MCMANUS, LUCAS, JAMES, JR., JUSTUS, TAYLOR, REED, SHIELDS, WAGNER, BARNES JR., CANADY AND LOAR
Title: Recognition of “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week”, April 10-16, 2016.

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4/6/2016 Filed by the Clerk's office
4/7/2016 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 160255

 

Recognition of “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week”, April 10-16, 2016.

 

WHEREAS, the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is to honor those who have been a victim of a crime, promote the rights of victims and be supportive on their behalf; and

 

WHEREAS, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week honors and celebrates the achievements of the past thirty years in securing rights, protections, and services for victims. The bipartisan Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), passed by Congress in 1984, created a national fund to ease victims’ suffering, creating victim compensation programs that pay victims’ out-of-pocket expenses such as counseling, funeral expenses, and lost wages. Financed by fines and penalties paid by offenders, the Crime Victims Fund supports services for victims of all types of crime, including assistance for homicide survivors, survivors of child sexual abuse and victims of human trafficking as well as rape crisis centers and domestic violence programs among others; and

 

WHEREAS, 2016’s theme is “Serving Victims, Building Trust, Restoring Hope”. The importance of stressing early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, helps begin to restore their hopes for healing and recovery. Meeting victims where they are takes resources, dedication, and persistence to establish a welcoming, compassionate, and supportive environment for all victims to share their stories; and

 

WHEREAS, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is promoted in Kansas City by the Kansas City Area Wide Chapter – Parents of Murdered Children. They believe in on-going emotional support, education, prevention, advocacy, awareness and assistance to all victims and survivors of homicide victims. Working towards solutions to prevent crime and violence in Kansas City, Missouri; and

 

WHEREAS, in observance of the start of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week this year the Kansas City Area Wide Chapter – Parents of Murdered Children will hold their 26th annual vigil on Sunday, April 10, 2016, 2:00 pm at the Kansas City Police Department’s Community Room, 1125 S. Locust, Kansas City, Missouri; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby recognize and observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to Jennifer Miller Chapter Co–Leader of the Kansas City Area Wide Chapter – Parents of Murdered Children and the Kansas City Missouri Police Department’s Victims Advocate Section in token of the appreciation of the Mayor and Council for many years of dedicated service and of their best wishes for all the years to come.

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