Resolution J1254-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 21-27, 2013, as Crime Victims' Rights Week in the State of New York

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  • Apr 17, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 17, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 12, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim April 21-27, 2013, as Crime Victims' Rights Week in  the  State
of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize official
months  that  are set aside to increase awareness of serious issues that
affect the lives of citizens of New York State; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing traditions, it is the sense of this Legislative Body to memori-
alize  Governor  Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 21-27, 2013, as Crime
Victims' Rights Week in the State  of  New  York,  in  conjunction  with
National Crime Victims' Rights Week; and
  WHEREAS, For the past three decades, Americans have joined together to
recognize  the  needs  and  rights of crime victims and survivors during
National Crime Victims' Rights Week; and
  WHEREAS, Every man, woman and child who  is  victimized  by  crime  in
America deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion, and deserves
services and support to help them in the aftermath of crime; and
  WHEREAS,  18.7  million  Americans  are  directly harmed by crime each
year, and each crime affects many more family members,  friends,  neigh-
bors, and co-workers; and
  WHEREAS,  Crime can leave a lasting physical, emotional, and financial
impact on people of all ages and abilities, and of all economic, racial,
and social backgrounds; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to these challenges, crime victims face a  crimi-
nal  justice system that, at times, ignores their rights and treats them
with disrespect; and
  WHEREAS, In 1982, the President's Task Force on Victims of Crime envi-
sioned a national commitment to a more equitable and supportive response
to victims; and
  WHEREAS, The nation heeded this call to action and  promoted  victims'
rights  initiatives,  effective  and  compassionate victim services, and
just compensation and financial support; and
  WHEREAS, Today, thousands of victim assistance programs  provide  help
and  support  to  child  victims  of violence and sexual abuse; stalking
victims; survivors of homicide victims; victims of  drunk-driving  cras-
hes;  and  victims  of  domestic,  dating, and sexual violence and other
crimes; and
  WHEREAS, The victim assistance community faces new challenges to reach
and serve all victims, including victims of new crimes  like  cybercrime
and  terrorism  and  victims  who  have  not always trusted the criminal
justice system, including immigrant victims, urban  youth,  and  victims
who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning; and
  WHEREAS,  While  New York State has adopted laws to protect the rights
of victims of crime and provide them with essential services, it remains
the responsibility of all citizens to ensure that these laws are upheld;
and
  WHEREAS, Important efforts have been implemented to  ensure  treatment
to  help  victims  begin healing; among the volunteers and professionals
who work toward this are law enforcement officers,  prosecutors,  victim
service  providers,  correction officers, parole and probation officers,
counselors, physicians, health care professionals, and the  many  others
whose  dedication  and  service  to crime victims help lessen trauma and
assist in personal recovery; and
  WHEREAS, Now is the time to embrace new  solutions  that  involve  new
partnerships  with  underserved  communities  and  a greater emphasis on
learning what works in meeting victims' needs; and

  WHEREAS, The United States Department of Justice, through  the  Vision
21  initiative, calls for a renewed commitment to serving all victims of
crime in the 21st Century; and
  WHEREAS,  National  Crime  Victims'  Rights  Week,  April 21-27, 2013,
provides an opportunity to celebrate the energy, creativity, and commit-
ment that launched the victims' rights movement, inspired its  progress,
and continues to advance the cause of justice for crime victims; and
  WHEREAS,  Respect  and  dignity are basic rights of all those who have
been victimized by crime and those responsible must be held  accountable
for their actions; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is  imperative that there be greater public awareness of
this serious issue, and more must be done to increase  activity  at  the
local, State and national levels; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim April 21-27,  2013,  as
Crime Victims' Rights Week in the State of New York, in conjunction with
National Crime Victims' Rights Week; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York.

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