The purpose of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is to teach our communities about victimization, the effect victimization has on individuals, families, friends, and the community. It’s also a time to promote legislation, policies and programs that help victims of crime.

Organizations are coming together this April to provide education and advocacy for crime victims. Lone Star Legal Aid’s Texas Crime Victim Legal Assistance Network (TCVLAN) began in 2012, funded by the Office for Victims of Crime at the Department of Justice. The goal of the project was to create a network of victim service providers working collaboratively to help ensure survivors of crime have access to the free civil, legal and non-legal resources they need to recover from victimization.

Lone Star Legal Aid served as lead partner in this endeavor and built a coalition of partners and steering committee members that represented a diverse group of providers. Today, the TCVLAN includes partners all over Texas and continues to grow.

Since 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week has been celebrated yearly in April. Thousands of communities across the country honor those that have established victims’ rights and renewed those rights to help those recover from victimization.

This year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will take place during April 18-24, 2021. This year’s theme is Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities. This theme is important for encouraging people to support victims and their rights

If you or a loved one are in need assistance securing public benefits, you can apply for free legal services by calling 1-800-733-8394 or by visiting our website at http://www.lonestarlegal.org

For more resources, visit the Texas Crime Victim Legal Assistance Network.

Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves the millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. Lone Star Legal Aid focuses its resources on maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability; preserving housing; improving outcomes for children; establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and well‐being; and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities, like those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, visit our website at www.lonestarlegal.org

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