Special to the Parade
The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, Cameron County Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. and Brownsville Police Department will host its Eighth Annual Victims Resource Expo April 26 at H-E-B in Brownsville.
The Expo’s purpose is to provide community awareness on the agencies that directly service victims of violent crime. Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 21-27, and organizations nationwide are working together to assist victims with overcoming challenges after experiencing a violent crime.
The District Attorney’s Office has a Crime Victims Assistance Program that provides services to all victims of violent crime. The program is an integral component in the criminal justice process. Since its inception in 1999, more than 10,000 victims of violent crime have been provided with direct services.
“Our goal is to help victims become survivors,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said.
Numerous agencies are participating in the Expo that includes giveaways, door prizes and informational booths for the public. A special wreath ceremony will take place where family members of victims commemorate the loss of their loved one. Families will display wreaths they created to reflect information about the victim.
This year’s theme – New Challenges, New Solutions – reflects the increasingly complex mission of victim advocates today. Advocates face emerging challenges that include changing demographics, immigration, human trafficking, terrorism and the use of technology to commit crimes.
The free Expo takes place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 26 at the H-E-B located at 2950 Southmost Rd. in Brownsville.
For more information, call the Crime Victims Assistance Program at (956) 544-0849.