Story by: Vallejo Times-Herald

In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 7 to 13, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and the Solano Family Justice Center invites everyone to participate in two community awareness events — on Tuesday, April 9 in Fairfield and Thursday, April 11 in Vallejo.

Both events are free, begin at noon and commemorate victims of violence and those who advocate on their behalf, organizers said.

On April 9, the Solano County District Attorney’s Office and the Solano Family Justice Center, in partnership with the Matt Garcia Foundation, will rededicate a monument at the Matt Garcia Career and College Academy, 1100 Civic Center Drive in Fairfield.

Community residents, county agencies, advocates, and students and staff from the Career and College Academy are invited to participate, organizers said. The monument, commissioned by the Matt Garcia Foundation, and sculpted by local artist Chad Glashoff, continues to serve in recognition of those lost to violence, they said.

The national theme this year is “Honoring our Past……Creating Hope for the Future,” which brings a renewed message of hope and support to all victims of violence across the nation to stand with strength, resilience and justice, organizers said.

“National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an important time for reflection,” Solano County District Attorney Krishna Abrams said. “It’s a time to remember” those lost to violence, “all of the survivors, and an opportunity to share their strength, courage and love of life with our communities.”

Then, on April 11, everyone is welcome to join the Solano County District Attorney’s Office at the entrance steps of Vallejo City Hall, 555 Santa Clara St., at noon, to honor victims of crime as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, organizers said.

“This week presents an opportunity to highlight the diversity of our communities by expanding partnerships who serve victims of crime, and enhance efforts to meet and empower crime victims as they pursue support, justice and recovery”, Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan said.

Every April, the Office of Victims of Crime assists communities across the nation in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, by promoting victims’ rights, honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

Both events are free. No need to RSVP, just show up.

For more information, call the Solano County Family Justice Center, Office of Family Violence Prevention at (707) 784-7635.

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