FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—April 22, 2021
Contact: Scott Alonso, 925-957-8638
Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 18-24
Martinez, Calif. – The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 18-24, 2021, is raising awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights and introducing the community to the important resources and services available. Earlier this week, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
The Victim Assistance Program in the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office is here to help victims of crime in our community. Victim advocates can assist you in navigating the criminal justice system and help with information on many different matters. Victim advocates work collaboratively with community and state organizations to help address questions and find resources that fit your needs. The Victim Assistance Program can help advocate for your rights under Marsy’s Law, the Victims’ Bill of Rights.
The awardees for this year’s recognition are as follows:
· Special Courage: Annie Brown-Bharwani
· Making a Difference: Albert “Bud” Grimme – The Christina Grimmie Foundation
· District Attorney Staff Above and Beyond: Ana Carlos
· District Attorney Victim Advocate: Anthony Harris
· District Attorney Support Staff: Sandra Salazar
· District Attorney Investigator: Senior Inspector Sean Eriksen
· Attorney: Deputy District Attorney Chris Sansoe
· Law Enforcement (Sexual Assault): Detective Alexis Bartley, Richmond Police
· Law Enforcement (Crimes Against Persons): Officer Zachary Wilhite, Pittsburg Police
This year’s theme is Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities. The theme underscores the contributions we all can make toward building trust and our community’s capacity to support the healing journeys of crime victims, such as those of hate crime victims.
For additional information about this year’s National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and how to assist victims in your community, please contact our office at 925-957-8650 or visit www.contracostada.org.
For additional ideas on how to support victims of crime, visit OVC’s website at www.ovc.gov.