District Attorney’s Office Commemorates National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 18-24, 2021

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Erik Nasarenko announced today that the 40th annual commemoration of the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week will be April 18–24, 2021. During this weeklong observance, the District Attorney’s Office will promote victims’ and survivors’ rights and honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

The theme this year is “Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.” It highlights the contributions and commitments we can make to ensure we build trust in our community’s capacity to support the healing journeys of crime victims, who are our family, friends, neighbors, and community members. Trust is collective, so we honor individual victims and others engaged in building understanding and support networks.

As the office continues to do our part to protect the public health of our community, virtual events have been planned this year. Each business day, video messages will be uploaded to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights, and introduce the community to valuable resources and services. Awards will be presented to honor those who have improved the lives of others in the aftermath of crime through vision, action, and leadership.

At 8:30 a.m. on the dates shown below, these videos will be available on the District Attorney’s website: www.vcdistrictattorney.com.

Monday, April 19       District Attorney Erik Nasarenko’s Welcome

Presentation of Colors by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Honor Guard

Tuesday, April 20       Ventura County Family Justice Center

Resilience Award presentation to Jillian Abbott-Gonzalez with special appearances by courthouse facility dogs, Trakr and Star

Wednesday, April 21  Camp HOPE – Ventura County

Ellie Liston Hero Award presentation to Camp HOPE Counselor Mario Sanchez

Thursday, April 22      Justice for Victims Award presentations to peace officers:

Oxnard Police Department Senior Detective Lucy Buttell and California Highway Patrol Investigator Micah Weilbacher

Friday, April 23          Keynote and Closing Remarks

Michael Morisette, a bereaved father who has become an emotional wellness advocate for our community, will share his valuable insights and how, through processing his own grief and trauma, he is serving others. 


The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is the public prosecutor for the county’s 850,000 residents. The office employs approximately 280 employees including attorneys, investigators, victim advocates, and other professional support staff who strive to seek justice, ensure public safety, and protect the rights of crime victims.

Follow the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office on Twitter @VenturaDAOffice

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