Crime Victim Service Providers from the local, county, state, and federal levels recently met with Friendswood Mayor Kevin Holland (fourth from the right) to discuss their opportunities to assist victims and support of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

City joins Victims’ Rights Week

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Crime victim service providers at local, state and federal levels met with Friendswood Mayor Kevin Holland, who proclaimed the city’s support for their activities and area events being held in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19-25.

Friendswood Police Department Crime Victim Liaison Gina Mendez received the proclamation.
“While we are blessed to have fewer crimes and crime victims than most of our surrounding areas, we can never forget the impact that crime has on individuals,” she said. “I am grateful for the opportunity and support that comes from our police department to help those who find themselves involved as victims of crime.”

The Friendswood Police Department’s Crime Victim Assistance Program provides services and assistance directly to victims of crime to speed recovery and help them through the criminal justice process.

Every situation is unique. Some of the help offered includes responding to the emotional and physical needs of victims, assisting them in stabilizing their lives after a victimization and providing them with safety and security.

The Friendswood Police Department is part of MICSA, the Multi-County Interagency Coalition Against Sexual Assault. MICSA is active in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Montgomery and some other surrounding counties. Mendez believes the MICSA network of organizations is an excellent provider of culturally sensitive and appropriate resources and outreach that empowers and embraces victims outside the traditional network of family and friends.

“Time after time, we see MICSA trainings as a key resource for crime victims and their families,” she said.

Crime Victims’ Rights Week area events:
– Candlelight Vigil, Sunday, April 19 7 p.m. Rankin DeWalt Criminal Justice Center, 1004 9th Ave. N., Texas City

– Police Department Community Luncheon, Tuesday, April 21, 11 a.m. Alvin Senior Center, 309 W. Sealy, Alvin.

– Memorial Luncheon and Paver Dedication, Wednesday, April 22 , 11 a.m. Dickinson City Hall, 4403 Texas Hwy 3, Dickinson

– Harris County District Attorney’s Office display, “Shoes Without Souls” Thursday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Law Center, 1115 Congress, Houston

– District Attorney’s Office Crime Victims’ Rights 5K Walk/Run, Saturday, April 25 at 8 a.m. 45th and Seawall Blvd., Galveston

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