CRIME PANEL TO BE HELD TO GIVE VOICES TO VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS
RIVIERA BEACH, FL. (April 21, 2022) – The Riviera Beach Police Department is helping crime survivors find their voice at a public forum during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week where they can express the pain of losing a loved one, navigating the criminal justice system and the services they receive to cope with the life altering loss.
"During the inaugural National Crime Victims’ Rights-Help Crime Survivors Find Their Voice Event on Tuesday, April 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Marina Event Center, 190 E. 13th St., a panel of speakers who provide integral services to crime victims and their families through their tragedies will shine a spotlight on the suffering and services attainable to victims of crime. The panel will also consist of first responders, law enforcement, victim advocates, social providers, judicial system representatives and related supportive services providers."
“It is critically important for victims of crime and their families to know that we will always be by their side, not just during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, but every day,” Chief Josh Lewis said. “They will never be abandoned during their immediate time of need and grief or in the months and years ahead as they struggle to cope with immense loss. Aside from all of the services afforded to them, I am always here, personally.”
The event is intended to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introduce the community to the important resources and services available. Police also want to enforce victims’ rights, expand access to services and ensure equity and inclusion for all.
“Every year, millions of Americans are affected by crime. Many will need ongoing care and resources,” said Aldric Marshall Ph.D., MTh, MNSA, a Victim Advocate for the Riviera Beach Police Department.
“National Crime Victims’ Rights-Help Crime Survivors Find Their Voice Event is a time to celebrate the progress achieved, raise awareness of victims’ rights and services, and stand with our families, neighbors, friends, and colleagues whose lives have been forever altered by crime,” said Marshall, who will be moderating the event.
Speakers include Riviera Beach Police Department Chief Josh Lewis; Aldric Marshall, Riviera Beach Victim Services Unit; Laura Annunziata, Palm Beach County State Attorney Office-DOVE Supervisor; Susan Carlini, Palm Beach County Victims Services/Rape Crisis Center Program Coordinator; Tiffany Piendle, Child Protection Team Director of Projects and Training; Artie Williams, Mothers Against Murder Association; Detective Aguirre, Riviera Beach Police Department; Sarah Phillip, Moms Demand Action; and Yvette Meriweather, (RECAP)
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