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Reps. Costa and Poe Announce Passage Of National Crime Victims Rights Week Act
Act designates April 18th to April 24th as National Crime Victims Rights week

Congressmen Jim Costa (D-CA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) today announced that House Resolution 1104, the National Crime Victims Rights Week Act of 2010 passed the House of Representatives.  This act designates the week of April 18th as National Crime Victims Rights Week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States.  

This week is about supporting the victims of crimes and acknowledging the individuals who work tirelessly on their behalf, said Costa. During the 26th Anniversary of National Crime Victims Week, I encourage all of my colleagues to recognize the critical importance of supporting victims rights and the need to do more to advocate for those who have suffered from serious crimes.

Crime victims are not just statistics, said Poe. They are real people with families and loved ones.  This week we take the opportunity to honor their courage and their memories, and recommit ourselves to protecting the rights of crime victims throughout our nation.

As co-chairmen and co-founders of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus, Costa and Poe have been leaders in bringing the issue of crime victims rights to the forefront in Congress.  The Caucus has been successful in authoring legislation and amendments to help bring more debate to this critical issue.  The theme of this years Crime Victims Rights Week is Fairness, Dignity, Respect.