The Las Cruces Police Department’s Victims’ Assistance Unit will join several area organizations and programs Saturday in observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Month.
The Crime Victims’ Expo and Walk, in memory of victims of violent crime, will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Klein Park near the corner of north Mesquite Street and Griggs Avenue. The Expo is free and the public is invited to visit with exhibitors and participate in various activities.
Opening ceremonies start at 9 a.m. with the Crime Victims’ Walk around the Downtown Mall beginning shortly thereafter. All victims of violent crimes, and family and friends of victims of crimes, are encouraged to attend the Expo which will run until noon.
The National Crime Victims’ Rights Month is sponsored locally by Victims’ Assistance Units from the Las Cruces Police Department, Dona Ana County and the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office; the Mesilla Valley DWI Resource Center; La Pinon; La Casa; Alpha Phi Sigma; the Las Cruces Weed and Seed Program; and the City of Las Cruces.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Month is observed each April by the Office for Victims of Crimes, a component of the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice. Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities are intended to raise awareness of victims’ rights and honor those who advocate for them.