Victims of Crime and Leniency (VOCAL) Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
MONTGOMERY, AL – VOCAL, Victims of Crime and Leniency, a statewide victims’ rights and services organization, has received federal funding to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 7 – 13, 2019).
The funding will be used to enhance and expand the agency’s traditional candlelight vigil held annually to remember victims of violent and other crimes and to honor their families and friends. The grant funding will enable VOCAL to partner with statewide and local agencies to recognize a number of people in Alabama who have been long-standing and meaningful voices for victims, and to expand activities for children. The funding comes from the U. S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) through the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA).
This year’s candlelight vigil and victims’ memorial service will be held April 12, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the back entrance to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office (across from the State Capitol) at the corner of Bainbridge Street and Dexter Avenue. The theme for 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Honoring our Past. Creating Hope for the Future.” Victims will share information about their experiences, and VOCAL leaders will honor VOCAL Founder Miriam Shehane and others. Special children’s activities and educational items will be provided.