National Crime Victims' Rights Week


April 11, 2011

Dear Constituents:

Crime is a major issue for our community, and as state representative I have made it a priority to raise awareness of the issue and address it with legislation. April 10 through April 16 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week, first established by President Ronald Reagan in 1981. The theme for this year's event is Re-shaping the Future, Honoring the Past.

In an effort to join people all across the nation, I co-sponsored House Resolution 217 to observe National Crime Victims' Rights Week to remember the victims that violent crime has taken from us and pay tribute to crime victims who have exemplified the meaning of strength as they rebuild their lives. We should also take this opportunity to renew our efforts to reduce crime so that fewer people must suffer as victims.

To help inform victims of their rights and to ensure people have uninhibited access to information, I recently introduced House Bill 1237. This legislation creates the Office of Crime Victims' Rights Compliance Officer to ensure that crime victims have a resource available to them during their most trying times. The bill also aims to create better channels of communication between law enforcement and victims of violent crime.

For further information on National Crime Victims' Rights Week, please visit If you have any questions or concerns about state issues or if you need any assistance, please call my office at (847) 599-2800.

Rita Mayfield

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