Buchanan County to take part in Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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The Buchanan County Prosecutor’s Office is holding several events in light of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

This year’s NCVRW runs April 2nd to the 8th.  Jenn Moden is a paralegal for the prosecutors office and an organizer for events surrounding the week in Buchanan County. She said this year’s theme is strength, resilience and justice.

“Every year in April the office for victim’s of crime hold a tribute to our victims’ that we’ve lost in our communities and the people who work with victims,” Moden said. “Strength, resilience and justice just reflects the vision in the future that all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in the responses to the challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice in healing.”

Moden said the prosecutor’s office is always collaborating with a organizations in St. Joseph to assist victims.

“Whether it be immediate services in emergency situations or throughout the whole process of the case that they’re having to be faced with,” Moden said. “It’s a huge collaboration effort on everybody’s part.  It’s not just one individual working with victims. We want to make sure that they get they help that they deserve.”

cvrw-schedule-of-eventsEvents are planned throughout the week in St. Joseph for NCVRW.  The schedule is as follows:

Monday, April 3- 6 p.m. Zumba and Pound Night

  • Instructors: Missy Carvell and Jamie Davis
  •  Please bring hygiene items for the YWCA or monetary donation to purchase pinwheels for the Pinwheel Campaign
  • Turning Point Church: 5211 Frederick Blvd, St. Joseph, Missouri

Wednesday, April 5- 5:30 p.m. Crime Victim Memorial Balloon Release

  •  Riverfront Park by the Remington Nature Center
  •  Music, speaking and remembering our victims’

Friday, April 7- 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Crime Victims’ Breakfast

  • RSVP

Saturday, April 8- 7:00PM Chance to Dance

  •  Central High School: 2602 Edmond, St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Annual Fundraiser presented by the Dance Arts Center for the benefit of the Northwest Missouri Children’s Advocacy Center