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OPSO observes National Crime Victims Rights Week April 8-14

2018NCVRW_Button_5_thumbNEW ORLEANS - 04-03-2018

Employees encouraged to wear blue on Monday; purple on Tuesday

Sheriff Marlin Gusman and OPSO Crime Victims Assistance Program lead investigator, Sgt. Stephanie Minto, will participate in a Worship Service for Crime Victims to kick off a week-long observance of National Crime Victims' Rights Week in New Orleans. They will be joined by crime victims, survivors and crime victim advocates will gather for the worship service at 10 a.m. at the church, 8601 Palmetto St.

Highlights of the week include a community roundtable, memorial balloon release and a tutu march through the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter.

This year's theme is "Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims." The theme emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services and addresses:

  • how the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support, and
  • how professional organizations and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims.

In addition to Sunday's kickoff at the City of Love, the week's events are:

  • Monday, April 9 – Wear Blue Day. Civilian staffers are encourage to wear blue to show your support for child abuse prevention.
  • Tuesday, April 10 -- Wear Purple Day. Civilian staffers are encouraged to wear purple to show your support for domestic abuse prevention.
  • Wednesday, April 11 – Community Forum. A roundtable discussion 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Kipp Central Academy, 2514 Third St.
  • Thursday, April 12 -- Tutu Walk for Sexual Assault Awareness. Wear a tutu to the walk that begins at 6 p.m. at Washington Square Park, 700 Elysian Fields Ave. winds through the French Quarter and ends back at Washington Square Park.
  • Friday, April 13 -- Memorial Balloon Release. Crime victims will release biodegradable balloons at 6 p.m., at Bayou St. John near Orleans Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to wear white.
  • Saturday, April 14 – Candlelight Healing Vigil. Attendees are encouraged to bring a framed picture of a loved one who died as a result of violence to the vigil which begins at 7 p.m. on the neutral ground near 3400 St. Claude Ave.

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