COVA Commemorates 40th Anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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(April 12, 2021) - National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) is a time to renew our commitment to serving all victims of crime, to acknowledge the achievements in victim services and allied professions, to honor those who have gone above and beyond in their service to others, and to remember crime victims and survivors. Each year, the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance leads Denver’s annual observances of NCVRW which is marking its 40th anniversary around the theme, “Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.”, to emphasize the importance of leveraging community support to help victims of crime.

During this year’s event, COVA will recognize the 2020 COVA Award recipients:  individuals or agencies who have gone above and beyond the normal challenges of providing victim services and who make a positive impact on the lives of crime victims and the victim advocacy movement.

WHO: Emcee - Michelle Adams, attorney and community leader 
Keynote Speaker - Gracie Parrish
Ms. Parrish will talk about navigating grief in the wake of her husband, Douglas County Sheriff's Office Deputy, Zackari Parrish’s public murder and finding purpose in the pain.

WHEN:  Monday, April 19, 2021  5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (MDT)

WHAT: A free public ceremony observing National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (#NCVRW) during which the following awards will be announced:  

  • Carol Hacker Award for Outstanding Victim Advocate in the Volunteer Sector:  An individual who works as a volunteer and has made a significant impact on the lives of victims of crime.
  • Deana Griswould Award for Outstanding Victim Advocate within the Nonprofit Sector: An individual who works in a nonprofit or private organization who has made a significant impact on the lives of victims of crime.
  • Norm Early Criminal Justice Award:  An outstanding law enforcement officer, deputy district attorney, parole, or probation officer who has made a significant impact on the lives of crime victims.
  • Outstanding Victim Advocate(s) within the Public Sector:  An individual who works within a government agency (district attorney’s office, law enforcement agency, etc.) who has made a significant impact on the lives of victims of crime.
  • Outstanding Victim Services Program Award:  An agency or organization that has provided a superior or innovative service for crime victims this past year.

WHERE: Virtual Event over Zoom
Advance registration is required for this event: https://madd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtduutrT4oHt3MseE8NSskpprTU318xmSw  

***After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.


Sponsored by:
Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (COVA), the Front Range Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, Voices of Victims, Mothers Against Drunk Driving Colorado (MADD), Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, Denver District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Attorney General’s Office, State of Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, Denver Police Department Victim Assistance Unit, and SafeHouse Denver.