During National Crime Victims' Rights Week April 24-30, 2022
Since 1981, the Dakota County Attorney's Office has observed National Crime Victims' Rights Week during the month of April. This week marks an annual challenge to the nation to confront and remove barriers to full justice for all victims of crime. The Dakota County Attorney's Office will observe the week by celebrating progress achieved in crime victim programming and raising awareness of victims' rights and services.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week is a reminder to victims and survivors that they are not alone. This year's theme – Rights, Access, Equity, for all victims help crime survivors find their justice. – commemorates the progress made by all involved in the crime victims' rights movement since its inception. Over the years, the opportunity for victims to disclose their victimization, get connected to resources, and receive the support they need has been expanded. However, despite the progress made, there is always room for improvement. We need to commit to making our services more accessible, equitable, and culturally appropriate as we build partnerships across the community so that all victims can receive the assistance they deserve.
The Dakota County Attorney's Office declared its commitment to crime victims in 1977, when it established a Victim/Witness Assistance Program. Since that time, tens of thousands of victims have received non-judgmental support, case specific information, and guidance through the criminal justice system. These resources assist victims in recovering from the harm caused by crime and are offered at no cost. National Crime Victims' Rights Week provides an excellent opportunity to honor our history, celebrate our accomplishments, and recommit ourselves to our mission.
Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena commented: “One of my top priorities as Dakota County Attorney is to safeguard the legal rights of crime victims and to ensure that equitable, inclusive, and culturally appropriate services are available to help them find their justice. I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to the victim advocates and prosecutors in our office who assist crime victims in navigating the criminal justice system on a daily basis."
If you or someone you know has been a victim of crime, help is available. For more information regarding crime victims' rights or other services, contact Kelly Nicholson, Victim Witness Supervisor, at 651-438-4471.