As part of their ongoing efforts to educate officials and the public on the continued fight for victims’ rights, Marsy’s Law for All will feature Florida State Attorney Andrew Warren on their ongoing Facebook Live series, “Why We Do What We Do.”
The series, hosted by Marsy’s Law for All Senior Advisor Peter Flaherty— a former homicide prosecutor in Boston, where he spent thirteen years in the District Attorney’s Office and remains active in victims‘ rights advocacy— interviews advocates of victims’ rights from across the nation and spectrum to bring awareness to the importance of fighting for the rights of victims of crime.
“Marsy’s Law for Florida has changed the way victims of crime and their loved ones are treated for the better, but there are still many misconceptions on what Marsy’s Law does or doesn’t do,” said Jennifer Fennell, spokesperson for Marsy’s Law for Florida. “This series has been a great way to connect those with personal stories who are on the front lines of fighting for the rights of victims to the general public and other officials.”
State Attorney Warren has made a career of helping victims of crime, having practiced law in New York and Washington, DC, as well as serving as a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice. As the State Attorney of Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit for Hillsborough County, his office handles more than 50,000 cases of criminal violations each year and he has been a strong advocate of Marsy’s Law for Florida from the beginning. Since the passage of Marsy’s Law in 2018, Warren has seen that the strengthening of victims’ rights has been a monumental victory not only for crime victims but also for the overall criminal justice system in Florida. Through his efforts, his office has worked closely with local stakeholders to implement Marsy’s law effectively and provided an example of how local officials and stakeholders can ensure victims are not forgotten.
The Facebook live interview will take place this Tuesday, July 21 at 1:00 pm eastern and can be accessed at @MarsysLawforAll.
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 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.
For more information on Marsy’s Law for All, please visit: www.marsyslaw.us.