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Overview and History of National Crime Victims' Rights Week in Hudson County:
For over 25 years, the Victim-Witness Advocacy Unit of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office has hosted an annual National Crime Victim’s Right’s Week (NCVRW) event. The success of these events has driven the Victim-Witness Unit to continually reach deep into the community to provide stronger and more effective programs each year.
This year, Victim-Witness will be collaborating with the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center (NJCVLC) and Hudson County Community College. The NJCVLC is the first and oldest pro bono crime victims’ law center in the United States. The Law Center provides legal assistance, direct representation, and advocacy to victims of crime from a local to national level.
This year, the emphasis for NCVRW is “New Challenges, New Solutions”. The program this year is intended to be for college students, agency workers, advocates, and other key members of the Hudson County Community. In collaboration with local agencies who serve our community’s victims, we hope to reflect the needs of the diverse and vibrant community that is Hudson County. The series will serve as an educational lecture, as well as an avenue for community members to network with local agencies.
This half day collaborative event will showcase the strengths of our community organizations and how they address the needs of crime victims. Informative stations led by local organizations will drive the pace of the event coupled with educational lectures on Victims’ Rights. We are hosting various speakers who are revered trail blazers in the field of victims’ advocacy in the state of New Jersey as well as across the nation. Their efforts and expertise in the field will be a truly remarkable addition to our event.
Crime in Hudson County has traditionally been among the highest in the State of New Jersey. In turn, the victimization rate is staggering. It is imperative to address the needs of this vulnerable population by educating the community and peaking awareness. With the Victim/Witness Unit, The New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center, and our local agencies working together, we will highlight key victims’ rights issues while showcasing an educational, resourceful and inspiring event.
Schedule of Events:
8:00am to 8:45am : Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am to 9:30am: Welcome
9:30 to 10:45am: Ashley Craig, Students Against Being Bullied
11:00am to 12:15pm: Holly Austin Smith, Victim of Child Trafficking
12:15pm to 12:45pm: Closing
12:45pm to 1:30pm: Networking
Directions to North Hudson Higher Education Center:
Via Car from Jersey City: Kennedy Blvd. north to 49th Street.
Via Light Rail: West Side-Tonnelle Ave. train to Bergenline Ave. (at 49th Street).
Via New Jersey Transit Buses to Bergenline Ave. Transit Center: 84, 88, and the Mini Bus from Journal Square.
For Further Information please contact Aileen Hayes at the Hudson County Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy at 201-795-6400 x6703 or firstname.lastname@example.org