24 March 2022
Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney Keith Higgins announces plans for the 2022 Crime Victims’ Rights Week ceremonies.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week was established in 1981 to provide an opportunity to raise awareness of victims’ rights. This year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be commemorated during the week of April 24 – 30, 2022. District Attorney Higgins and the employees of the District Attorney’s Office Victim-Witness Assistance Program encourage our communities to embrace this year’s theme: “Rights, Access, Equity, for all victims.” The theme underscores the importance of helping crime survivors find their justice by: enforcing victim’ rights, expanding access to services, and ensuring equity and inclusion for all.
Originally established by President Ronald Reagan, the project has grown in its efforts to educate communities about the effects of victimization and the need for services for those affected by crime. At the time of the first Crime Victims Rights’ week, most states did not have legal rights formalized for victims. Services were scant and mostly through word of mouth. Victims were not informed of court proceedings and were largely left out of the criminal justice process. The Crime Victims Bill of Rights and later, Marsy’s Law, better defined and legalized the rights of those victimized by crime.
In remembrance of those victims from the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, a Memorial Wall will be displayed at each county courthouse for the entire week. Families and friends are encouraged to visit the display and sign the guestbook that will be on display along with the photos of loved ones lost. Each county will also have a specialized program that is open to all community members, families and friends.
The Wayne County program will be held on Monday, April 25th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Courtroom C at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, located at 266 E. Walnut Street, Jesup, Georgia.
The Camden County program will be held on Tuesday, April 26th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Camden County Courthouse located at 210 E. 4th Street, Woodbine, Georgia.
The Appling County program will be held on Wednesday, April 27th from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Appling County Public Safety Complex located at 560 Barnes St., Baxley, Georgia.
The Jeff Davis County program will be held on Thursday, April 28th from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Jeff Davis County Courthouse located at 14 Jeff Davis Street, Hazlehurst, Georgia.
The Glynn County program will be held on Friday, April 29th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Glynn County Courthouse located at 701 H Street, Brunswick, Georgia.
For more information about victims’ rights and services, visit the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office website at brunswickda.org.