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Community Awareness Funding for National Crime Victims' Rights Week

Updated: May 7

Local Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week



Options, services and hope for crime survivors. How would you help?




Catskill, NY – The MHACG REACH Center has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.


The awarded funding will be used to facilitate art therapy workshops with children of our community to depict hope for survivors of crime, which will be exhibited in two local community events on April 24th and 25th as part of a Community Awareness Project in Columbia and Greene Counties. The Project is part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, an annual observance that takes place April 21-27, 2024.


“The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will help us help crime victims. Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs on a daily basis.”

-David Rossetti, Executive Director



First designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week increases general public awareness of, and knowledge about the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime.  The theme for 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “How Would You Help?  Options, services and hope for crime survivors”.


Since 2004, the NCVRW Community Awareness Project has provided financial and technical assistance to more than 1500 community projects that promote victim and public awareness activities, and innovative approaches to victim outreach and public education about victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The MHACG REACH Center was one of the 105 recommended by NAVAA and selected for funding by OVC for 2024 from the 223 applications that were submitted nationwide.  


For additional information about 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Columbia and Greene Counties, please contact The MHACG REACH Center at 518-943-4482 or visit our website at https://www.mhacg.org/programs/reach. For information about national efforts to promote 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, please visit the Office for Victims of Crime website at www.ovc.gov.


The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is a non-profit organization that represents the 56 state agencies that distribute money from the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Crime Victims Fund to more than 4,000 direct victim assistance service providers. The money in the Crime Victims Fund comes from fines collected from offenders convicted of federal crimes and not from U.S. taxpayers.

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