MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will recognize 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 19-25) with a Recognition and Remembrance Ceremony. The ceremony, honoring victims and advocates of victims’ rights, will take place on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Freeholder’s Public Meeting Room, 5th Floor, in the County Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown, New Jersey.

This year the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is honored to have as its Keynote Speaker for the ceremony, Maria Vinci-Savettiere, Esq., Executive Director of the Deirdre O'Brien Child Advocacy Center(Deirdre’s House), a nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center (CAC) located in Morristown, New Jersey. The Center was named for the daughter of Jim and Georgia O’Brien. Jim O’Brien was a former Morris County Freeholder who served on the Board of Trustees of Deirdre's House and was Chairman of the Victims of Crime Compensation Board.

The Honored Guest this year will be Chief James Simonetti of the Roxbury Township Police Department. Chief Simonetti is the President of the Morris County Police Chiefs Association. 

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has been a time of national remembrance since 1981. It is an opportunity for communities, victims and their loved ones, and professionals serving victims to join together and reflect on the progress achieved in victims’ rights. The theme for the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.” This theme emphasizes the role of the entire community, individually and collectively, to support victims of crime and empower them to direct their own recovery.

Thirty years ago, crime victims did not have rights, access to crime victim compensation, or services to help rebuild their lives. They were often excluded from courtrooms, treated as an afterthought by the criminal justice system, and denied an opportunity to speak at sentencing. Today, all states have enacted crime victims’ rights laws and established crime victims’ compensation funds.

Prosecutor Knapp is proud of the outstanding team of capable and dedicated professionals in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office who assist victims of crime and advocate on their behalf.

All are invited to join the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at the ceremony.  For more information or to RSVP, contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Unit at 973-285-6282 or e-mail MorrisVW@co.morris.nj.us