The office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a proclamation this week recognizing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 24 – 30, 2022.
The proclamation underscores the importance of crime victims’ rights and ensuring that crime victims are afforded these rights. Honored within the proclamation are the victims service providers and advocates who work tirelessly on behalf of crime victims to expand services to victims and provide access to these services and resources.
Further, the proclamation recognizes the progress the State of Florida has made in regard to the crime victims’ rights movement by the passage of Marsy’s Law for Florida in 2018, which expanded crime victims’ rights by placing in the state constitution a clear set of specific, enforceable rights and protections for victims.
A copy of the proclamation can be found HERE.
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.