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Local events honor victims of violence and their advocates


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SOLANO COUNTY – In celebration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 8 - 14, 2018, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and the Solano Family Justice Center invite everyone to participate in two community awareness events, including Wednesday, April 11th in Fairfield and Thursday, April 12th in Vallejo. Both events will begin at 12 noon, to honor victims of violence and all those who advocate on their behalf.

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office and the Solano Family Justice Center, in partnership with the Matt Garcia Foundation, in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) will rededicate a monument on Wednesday, April 11th at the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy, 1100 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield, starting at noon, honoring all those affected by violence in our community.

Students from the Career and College Academy will participate, complete with the National Anthem and Colors presentation provided by the Solano County Public Safety Academy Youth Honor Guard. The monument, commissioned by the Matt Garcia Foundation, was sculpted by local artist Chad Glashoff and will serve as a permanent fixture of courage and peace at the community campus. Additionally, Zachary Young will paint a message on pavers to enhance the grounds. The national theme this year is to “Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims”, which is hope for all victims of violence across the nation.

“National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an important time for reflection,” says Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams. “It’s a time to remember all of the survivors, including those lost to violence, and an opportunity to share their strength, courage and love of life with our communities.”

Local, state and U.S. representatives, including those who have been victims of violence in our community will participate in the event, sharing their concerns, experiences and personal stories.

“I know the thought of losing a child to violence is simply incomprehensible,” says Teresa Courtemanche, mother of slain Fairfield City Council Member Matt Garcia. “I am reminded of the words my son would say, which is I choose to do something positive rather than something negative with life’s circumstances.”

Everyone is welcome to join the Solano County District Attorney’s Office at the entrance steps to Vallejo City Hall, 555 Santa Clara St., in Vallejo on Thursday, April 12th at noon to honor victims of crime as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Every April, the Office of Victims of Crime assists communities across the nation in their annual observances of NCVRW by promoting victims’ rights, honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

Solano County will participate in this year’s NCVRW in contribution and promotion of this year’s theme: “Expand the Circle, Reach All Victims” by presenting an opportunity to highlight the diversity of our communities, expand partnerships who serve victims of crime, enhance efforts to meet victims, honor those who are lost to crime, and empower crime victims as they pursue justice and recovery.

Both events are free. No need to RSVP, simply show up.

For more information, call the Solano County Family Justice Center, Office of Family Violence Prevention at (707) 784-7635.