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April 20, 2012

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Margaret Williams
Public Information Representative
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U.S. Postal Inspection Service Helps Raise Awareness for Victims of Crime

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, observed this year from April 22 – 28, is a collaboration of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Postal Service, Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime, and National Center for Victims of Crime.

Every year at this time we look for opportunities to promote greater public awareness about victims’ rights and services. NCVRW honors crime victims and the nation’s progress in advancing their rights. This year’s theme, Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim, celebrates the progress we’ve made and the ideal of serving all victims of crime.

“Millions of citizens are victimized annually by senseless criminal acts.” said Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell. “The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is committed to supporting victims throughout the judicial process and assisting them in identifying services to speed recovery.”

Providing a comprehensive and just response to crime victims remains a difficult goal. Victims often feel helpless in the aftermath of a crime as they confront many challenges—from emotional to physical to financial. Assistance may come in the form of simply helping victims locate local, state and federal resources. Millions of victims of financial fraud seek assistance each year to restore their credit and their financial security.

The Postal Inspection Service helps victims find a path to recovery. Once Postal Inspectors identify victims through their investigations, specialists step in to ensure victims receive timely notifications of their rights and information on resources that can help them.

The Postal Service is distributing posters and informational cards to approximately 15,800 Post Offices and contract postal units, where more than 3 million customers a day are expected to visit throughout April.

Information on victims’ rights and resources is provided in the Postal Inspection Service Publication 308, Know Your Rights, A Guide for Victims and Witnesses of Crime (or read the Spanish translation).

For even more information, read the facts about Victim Witness Assistance and visit the Office of Justice Program’s site at National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.


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