The Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a special program April 7.
It will be the eighth year for the agency’s Annual Open House and Victims’ Services Award Ceremony.
As part of the national campaign, the U.S. Department of Justice encourages localities to promote victims’ rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. The 2017 theme is “Strength. Resilience. Justice,” intended to reflect a vision for the future in which all victims are strengthened by the response they receive, organizations are resilient in response to challenges, and communities are able to seek collective justice and healing.
This year Victims’ Services Awards will be presented to Leesburg Police Department Lt. Jaime Sanford; Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Grimsley; and David and Stephanie Meeker, the family friends of Michelle and Braulio Castillo who cared for the couple’s children after she was murdered and he was sentenced to life in prison for her death.
The ceremony also will feature guest speakers Richard Rocha, Barbara Gonzalez and Elisabeth Corey of the newly established Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office. VOICE will be part of the Department of Homeland Security and will provide services to the victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens.
Corey is a survivor of family-controlled child sex trafficking and abuse. Her encounters with domestic violence and incest began when she was two years old, and she has spent the past six years recovering from her childhood experiences and earning her master’s degree in social work. Corey works to bring awareness programs on sex abuse and sex trafficking to schools, trains recovery partners working with adult and child survivors, and shares her story of trauma and recovery on her Beating Trauma “The Courage to bring the darkness into the light” blog.
The program will be held starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 7 at the Loudoun County Courthouse Community Room, 18 E. Market St. in Leesburg. The public is encouraged to attend.