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37th Annual NY Crime Victims Candlelight Vigil: Rights, Access, and Equity for All Victims


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The 38th Annual NYC Crime Victims Candlelight Vigil will be a hybrid event. While we’re back in person this year at West End Collegiate Church on the Upper West Side, we are also continuing our new tradition of virtual celebration by live-streaming the event!

The 38th Annual NYC Crime Victims Candlelight Vigil will honor the memory of those who were lost to acts of violence, and uplift the voices and experiences of those who have survived violence, along with their families and communities. The Vigil also recognizes those who support survivors through community and legislative advocacy and activism, healing, and prevention. We hope to provide you this evening with an experience that is inspiring and spiritually uplifting, and that we leave this space feeling more connected, empowered, and hopeful.

We offer a special welcome from the co-sponsors of tonight’s event, the NYS Office of the Attorney General, the District Attorney’s Offices of Manhattan and the Bronx, and the New York State Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims which represents NYC’s five boroughs along with Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and Rockland Counties.

All are invited to attend this year’s candlelight vigil which will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2023, from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. at West End Collegiate Church, 245 West 77th Street.

To watch the live stream, click here.

More About National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) has challenged the Nation to confront and remove barriers to achieving justice for all victims of crime. During NCVRW, we celebrate the accomplishments of the victims’ rights movement and reflect on how far we have come.

Every April, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of NCVRW.

This year NCVRW will be observed April 24–30. The 2022 NCVRW theme is Rights, access, equity, for all victims. The theme underscores the importance of helping crime survivors find their justice by—

  • enforcing victims’ rights,
  • expanding access to services, and
  • ensuring equity and inclusion for all.

The 2023 NCVRW Resource Guide is now available to help you raise awareness about victims’ rights, protections, and services in the months leading up to NCVRW, during NCVRW, and throughout the year.

Watch the video from last year.