This year, recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 19 – 25, is more important than ever as victims face additional hurdles safeguarding their rights as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to limit the spread of the virus, perpetrators are being released from prison early and courtrooms are closed, inevitably prolonging the legal process. During this week of recognition, Marsy’s Law for Florida reinforces that victims’ rights must be protected, especially in uncertain times.
This NCVRW, Marsy’s Law for Florida is launching efforts to educate crime victims about their rights and encouraging them to invoke those rights.
Earlier this month, Marsy’s Law for Florida launched a “Know Your Rights” social media campaign including visual aids that highlight the various rights to which Florida crime victims are now entitled. During NCVRW, Marsy’s Law for Florida will also feature through its social media platforms video interviews with victims and advocates describing how Marsy’s Law for Florida has helped victims “Seek Justice, Ensure Victims’ Rights and Inspire Hope” – this year’s NCVRW theme. The masthead of Florida Politics’ morning newsletter, Sunburn, will be turned purple reminding key Sunshine State leaders and influencers of the importance in supporting crime victims’ rights.
“During this time of self-isolation and stay-at-home orders, many people are spending more time online and on their social media platforms. We’re using these methods of communication to share information about victims’ rights and highlight the importance of continuing to prioritize those rights in the midst of an unprecedented time,” said Jennifer Fennell, Marsy’s Law for Florida spokesperson.
Every April, NCVRW is observed in support of crime victims, while revisiting victims’ rights history, advocating for advancements and celebrating those in our justice system who work in support of these efforts. Marsy’s Law for Florida joins with organizations across the country in observing NCVRW by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.
About Marsy’s Law
Marsy’s Law is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas of California who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983. Only one week after her death, Marsy’s mother and brother, Henry T. Nicholas, walked into a grocery store where they were confronted by the accused murderer. The family, who had just come from a visit to Marsy’s grave, was unaware that the accused had been released on bail. In an effort to honor his sister, Dr. Nicholas, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, has made it his mission to give victims and their families constitutional protections and equal rights. He formed Marsy’s Law for All in 2009, providing expertise and resources to victims’ rights organizations nationwide.