ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Hogan proclaims April 3 as Sunday Memorial Day for Victims of Crime and Lawyers. The day is intended to annually recognize and honor victims of crime in Maryland.
This proclamation follows the Governor’s recent announcement to provide $45 million in funding to support major violent crime initiatives and $35 million to support victims of crime.
“Protecting the vulnerable residents of Maryland will always be my most important job,” Governor Hogan said. “Our administration will continue to do everything in its power to support victims of crime and their advocates while constantly working to build safer communities, support law enforcement, and hold those who commit crimes accountable for their crimes. deeds.”
So far this year, there have been 78 homicides and 175 shootings in the city of Baltimore alone.
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Victims’ rights activists Roberta and Vincent Roper helped establish Crime Victims and Advocates Memorial Day in 2012 to commemorate their daughter Stephanie, who was brutally murdered 40 years ago today, as well as all other people who have lost their lives as a result of a crime.
Over the years, the Ropers have advocated for justice, comprehensive victim services, and the promotion and defense of victims’ rights in Maryland and across the country.
“Today, we honor the memory of all the victims who lost their lives and we remain committed to continuing to support all Marylanders who are tragically impacted by crime,” said Bureau Chief of Staff Yesim Karaman. Governor’s Office for Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services.
An annual memorial service kicks off Maryland’s commemoration of National Victims of Crime Rights Week. This year, services run from April 24-30.
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The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services and the Maryland State Board of Victim Services will also be hosting the virtual 2022 Maryland Crime Victim Rights Conference April 27-29. The annual conference is an opportunity to learn about promising practices and emerging issues from experts in the field with the goal of better serving victims of crime in Maryland.
For more information on this year’s memorial services, Click here.