National Crime Victims' Rights Week, 2005, 17197-17198 [05-6847]

Download as PDF 17197 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 70, No. 64 Tuesday, April 5, 2005 Title 3— Proclamation 7877 of March 31, 2005 The President National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, 2005 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation In proclaiming the first Victims’ Rights Week in 1981, President Reagan said, ‘‘it is time all of us paid greater heed to the plight of victims.’’ Since then, America has made great progress in treating crime victims with greater respect, meeting their needs, and providing them with help, hope, and healing. Each year, during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we remember those who have lost their lives in violent crimes. We also renew our commitment to address the needs of victims and their families and to build public awareness of crime victims’ rights. The violent crime rate is at its lowest point in three decades. We must remain steadfast in our efforts to make America safer for all citizens and fairer for victims of crime. The Department of Justice has received historic levels of funding for programs to protect women and prosecute criminals. Family Justice Centers are helping local communities provide comprehensive services to victims of domestic crime and their loved ones. State and local law enforcement officials are continuing to serve the public and assist victims of crime. I signed into law the Justice for All Act of 2004, which expands DNA testing and enhances the scope and enforceability of crime victims’ rights. As we work to combat crime and support victims, we must also ensure the fairness and effectiveness of our criminal justice system. All 50 States and the Federal Government have passed important legal protections for victims of violent crime, and more than half the States have amended their constitutions to guarantee rights for victims. My Administration continues to support the bipartisan Crime Victims’ Rights Amendment to the Constitution, which would safeguard basic rights for victims regarding their safety, notification of public proceedings involving the crime, and claims of restitution. Across our Nation, individuals and organizations—including faith-based and community groups—are dedicated to defending and securing the rights of crime victims and providing hope and healing to those who hurt. Together, their commitment and compassion help ensure that our legal system stands up for the rights of victims and that our communities step forward to lend a hand to people in need. During this week, we honor their extraordinary work and renew our pledge to protect the rights of crime victims. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 10 through April 16, 2005, as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. I encourage all Americans to highlight and advance the cause of victims’ rights in their communities. VerDate jul<14>2003 08:05 Apr 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05APD0.SGM 05APD0 17198 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 5, 2005 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-ninth. W [FR Doc. 05–6847 Filed 4–4–05; 8:45 am] Billing code 3195–01–P VerDate jul<14>2003 08:05 Apr 04, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\05APD0.SGM 05APD0

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 64 (Tuesday, April 5, 2005)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 17197-17198]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-6847]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 64 / Tuesday, April 5, 2005 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

[[Page 17197]]

                Proclamation 7877 of March 31, 2005

                
National Crime Victims' Rights Week, 2005

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                In proclaiming the first Victims' Rights Week in 1981, 
                President Reagan said, ``it is time all of us paid 
                greater heed to the plight of victims.'' Since then, 
                America has made great progress in treating crime 
                victims with greater respect, meeting their needs, and 
                providing them with help, hope, and healing. Each year, 
                during National Crime Victims' Rights Week, we remember 
                those who have lost their lives in violent crimes. We 
                also renew our commitment to address the needs of 
                victims and their families and to build public 
                awareness of crime victims' rights.

                The violent crime rate is at its lowest point in three 
                decades. We must remain steadfast in our efforts to 
                make America safer for all citizens and fairer for 
                victims of crime. The Department of Justice has 
                received historic levels of funding for programs to 
                protect women and prosecute criminals. Family Justice 
                Centers are helping local communities provide 
                comprehensive services to victims of domestic crime and 
                their loved ones. State and local law enforcement 
                officials are continuing to serve the public and assist 
                victims of crime. I signed into law the Justice for All 
                Act of 2004, which expands DNA testing and enhances the 
                scope and enforceability of crime victims' rights.

                As we work to combat crime and support victims, we must 
                also ensure the fairness and effectiveness of our 
                criminal justice system. All 50 States and the Federal 
                Government have passed important legal protections for 
                victims of violent crime, and more than half the States 
                have amended their constitutions to guarantee rights 
                for victims. My Administration continues to support the 
                bipartisan Crime Victims' Rights Amendment to the 
                Constitution, which would safeguard basic rights for 
                victims regarding their safety, notification of public 
                proceedings involving the crime, and claims of 
                restitution.

                Across our Nation, individuals and organizations--
                including faith-based and community groups--are 
                dedicated to defending and securing the rights of crime 
                victims and providing hope and healing to those who 
                hurt. Together, their commitment and compassion help 
                ensure that our legal system stands up for the rights 
                of victims and that our communities step forward to 
                lend a hand to people in need. During this week, we 
                honor their extraordinary work and renew our pledge to 
                protect the rights of crime victims.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United 
                States, do hereby proclaim April 10 through April 16, 
                2005, as National Crime Victims' Rights Week. I 
                encourage all Americans to highlight and advance the 
                cause of victims' rights in their communities.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand five, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and twenty-ninth.

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