Las Cruces – Governor Susana Martinez will participate in the opening ceremony of Crime Victims Rights Week in Las Cruces hosted by the Las Cruces Police Department's Victim Assistance Unit.
The ceremony will be Saturday, April 9th beginning at 10 a.m. at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St.
The governor will read and sign the Crime Victims Rights Week proclamation.
Other speakers include Las Cruces Police Chief Richard Williams, Do a Ana County District Attorney Amy Orlando, Do a Ana County Sheriff Todd Garrison, Donna Richmond from La Pi on sexual assault recovery services and Pat Acosta from La Casa, Inc. domestic violence shelter.
There will be testimonials from survivors and a mass balloon release in memory of crime victims and their families.
The event will end with a procession to Casa de Alabanza Church near the intersection of Church and Griggs streets where a reception will take place. Speaking at the reception will be Linda Atkinson and Victoria Amada of New Mexico Victim's Rights Project.