For release on April  23, 2012

​FROM: ​FROM:
​Pat Mitchell,
​Jeff Rosen,
​Executive Director, Silicon Valley FACES
​District Attorney, Santa Clara County
​CONTACT: ​CONTACT:
​David Tran, Director ​David Howe, Assistant District Attorney
​Victim Witness Assistance Program ​408-792-2633
​408-295-2656 x335

   NATIONAL CRIMES VICTIMS’ RIGHTS WEEK:  “MOBILIZE FOR RIGHTS” EVENT In honor of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, Silicon Valley FACES and the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office would like to invite you to “Mobilize for Rights.” This public service event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at San Pedro Square Market at 87 N. San Pedro St. in San Jose. The event is intended to bring community awareness to the devastating impacts of crime on victims and their families, to stress the importance of victims’ rights, and to provide resources to crime victims. "Our vision for crime victims is that all survivors understand their rights under the law and have access to supportive services," said Pat Mitchell, Executive Director of SV FACES. Expected to speak at the event are Mitchell, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa and District Attorney Jeff Rosen. There will be powerful testimony from crime victims, including that of Carmen Daou, whose son was murdered last year by her estranged husband. Daou is now promoting legislation to ensure that weapons are removed from people who have been served with restraining orders. Impact Bay Area, internationally recognized as a leader in the self-defense field, will provide free self-defense demonstrations. This annual observance, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, seeks to increase general public awareness of the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime.  Joye Frost acting director of the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) said the week is an “opportunity to support public awareness of crime victims' rights and the critical, often life-saving, services provided by thousands of programs across our Nation to help crime victims."

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