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Candlelight vigil and awards ceremony for crime victims rights
by Tribune Staff
Apr 22, 2013 | 1927 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Victims, survivors, families, advocates and other members of the criminal justice system will join concerned Washoe County citizens to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week during the week of April 21 by honoring and remembering those whose lives have been affected by criminal violence.

A candlelight vigil and awards ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mills B. Lane Justice Center in downtown Reno. This year’s theme is “New Challenges, New Solutions.” The ceremony will publicly recognize those who continue to devote their lives to help find healing and justice.

Washoe County District Attorney Richard Gammick and the Victim Witness Assistance Center will both be recognized as award recipients.

The Alliance for Victims Rights (AVR) also awarded Dr. Ellen Clark and the Washoe County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office as Outstanding Government Agency, Amber Myers with the Social Services Department as Outstanding Advocate, Essence of Advocacy Award and Dr. Catherine Wagoner as Outstanding Member of Criminal Justice System, Zeal Award. All the nominees and award winners will be acknowledged at the event.

“Society is slowly changing its views, thanks to victims and their families who have organized to confront these challenges and promote compassionate and respectful responses to victims of crime,” Olsen said.

Bringing honor and respect to victims is more than a theme; it is a way of life for agencies and individuals working to provide support for victims of crime.

For more information, visit AVR’s website at For more ideas on how to volunteer, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at
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