Every year, survivors of crime and abuse, their friends and family, city officials, advocates and victim service agencies such as Safe Horizon come together to show support for survivors at a candlelight vigil. Held during National Crime Victims’ Rights, the vigil features an array of speakers and performances with a goal of helping survivors feel understood and supported.
This year’s candlelight vigil welcomes keynote speaker Shenee Johnson, an active member of Everytown and Moms Demand Action, who lost her son to gun violence.
All are invited to attend this year’s candlelight vigil which will be held on Sunday, April 8, 2018, at West End Collegiate Church, 245 West 77th Street.
The 2018 New York Crime Victims Candlelight Vigil is sponsored by The Office of the New York State Attorney General, The Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims, and The New York County District Attorney’s Office.
More About National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has challenged the nation to confront and remove barriers to full justice for all victims of crime. Each year, communities across the country revisit the history of the victims’ rights movement, celebrate the progress made, and recommit to further advancements in the crime victims field.
This year’s theme—Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims—emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. The theme addresses how the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support and how professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims.