The Offices of District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. and Solicitor General Carmen D. Smith are teaming up this month in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights week, April 10-16, 2016. The Victim-Witness Assistance programs from each prosecution office will partner to raise awareness about crime victim rights’ and connect victims and their families to available services and supplies.

“This week is not only a time to demonstrate our support for victims of crime, but also to acknowledge the strength and resilience we often see displayed in the face of adversity,” said Jennifer Thompson, Director of Victim Services for the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.

“This year’s theme—Serving Victims, Building Trust, Restoring Hope— underscores the need to expand our reach to those who feel isolated from or invisible to mainstream service providers and the criminal justice system,” said Amanda Plachard, Director of Victim Services for the Office of Solicitor General.” By focusing on collaborating with community service providers and listening to and understanding each victim’s specific needs, we can help restore hope for healing and recovery.”

The Victim Assistance teams celebrate the occasion with several important events designed to engage the Fulton County community.

Survivor Goods Drive

Sunday April 16, 2016-Saturday, April 16, 2016

Residents in the Metro Atlanta area are encouraged to bring toiletries to Victim-Witness Assistance Programs. The donations will be given to local Domestic Violence Shelters.

Empty Shoe Ceremony followed by a One Mile Walk

Lewis Slaton Courthouse Steps

Friday, April 15th, 1pm

The public is invited “Empty Show Ceremony on the steps of the Lewis Slaton Courthouse, located at 136 Pryor Street in Atlanta. There will be a visual display of empty shoes to symbolize the victims’ journey and the fact that no one knows what it’s like to walk in his/her shoes. It will be followed by a one mile walk. It will demonstrate solidarity and support for the crime victims as they journey towards safety and healing.