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April 14, 2006

‘Strength in unity’ the theme for this year’s recognition of crime victims

TUMWATER — Washington will join with the rest of the nation later this month to recognize the victims of violent crime. On Tuesday, April 25, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will host the state’s annual Crime Victims Awareness Day at the agency’s headquarters in Tumwater.

This year’s program — “Victims’ Rights: Strength in Unity” — will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in L&I’s auditorium, located at 7273 Linderson Way S.W. in Tumwater. The program is designed to highlight victims’ needs and raise awareness of the services and support available to them.

Speakers include Lucy Berliner from Harborview’s Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress; Seattle Police Det. Harvey Sloan; Ye-Ting Woo, deputy supervisor of the Criminal Enterprise Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office; FBI Special Agent Kera Wulbert; and Bart Abplanalp, a forensic psychologist at the McNeil Island Corrections Center. Also speaking will be L&I Director Gary Weeks and Cletus Nnanabu, manager of Washington’s Crime Victims Compensation Program.

Though registration isn’t required, the agency asks that those planning to attend contact the program at 360-902-5341.

Labor & Industries has run the crime victims assistance program since it was established in 1974. Annually, the agency receives nearly 7,000 requests for assistance. The largest categories are rape and domestic assault. Nearly 70 percent of victims are women and children. The program acts as a safety net for crime victims who don’t have insurance, providing such things as counseling, medical care and, in some instances, wage replacement to the victims of violent crime.

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Media contact: Robert T. Nelson at 360-902-6043 or at nelq235@Lni.wa.gov.

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