National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims 2012

Today is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Every year, the families of murder victims struggle for justice. To the founders of the victims’ rights movement, justice meant that all victims—regardless of geography, demographics, or financial status—would have the rights and services they need in the aftermath of a crime.

All families grieving a murder – even the ones that did not make it into the headlines of the press this year – need immense, ongoing support to rebuild their lives. And we need a justice system that holds such support as one of its core functions. We, as a nation, need a criminal justice system that cares more about the details of victims rebuilding their lives.

Together, we can work for larger system changes, please remember that even small, individual acts can make a difference. This week, consider volunteering at your local victims’ services organization. And if you know someone personally who has lost a loved one to murder, give them a call or send them a note this week to let them know you are thinking about them.

There will be events all over the country in commemoration of the Day of Remembrance today. To find out if there are any in your local area, contact your local chapter Parents of Murdered Children (POMC), the organization that started the Day of Remembrance.

Remember: National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims, September 25, 2012 National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. 888-818-POMC www.pomc.org.

For further information: United States Office of Violent Crimes. National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children.

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