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August 2023 Featured Resources

Getting Ready for 2024 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

National Crime Victims' Rights Week | April 21-27, 2023

Every April, OVC leads communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW).

Through NCVRW we honor crime victims and survivors, recognize the professionals and volunteers who provide critical services to victims of crime, and raise awareness about crime victims’ rights and services.

We are pleased to announce that NCVRW will be commemorated April 21–27, 2024, with the theme—

How would you help?

Options, services, and hope for crime survivors.

The 2024 theme asks all of us—friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, community leaders, victim service providers, criminal justice practitioners, and health professionals—how we can help crime victims. Are you prepared if someone confides in you about a victimization? Is your organization victim-centered and trauma-informed? Are you familiar with the services available in your community? 

This year’s theme is a call-to-action for us all to create safe environments for crime victims to share what happened to them. By doing so, we’re able to offer support, options for life-saving services, and, most importantly, hope.

Sign up for OVC’s NCVRW Subscription List to receive important NCVRW updates, including information about the release of the 2024 NCVRW Resource Guide materials.

OVC Offers Resources To Respond To Labor Trafficking

While OVC has always worked to ensure that all victims of human trafficking are provided with needed services, in our FY 2023 funding opportunities OVC sought strategies to—

  • better identify labor trafficking victims in the United States,
  • expand the services that are available to them, and
  • hold offenders accountable.

In our Labor Trafficking in the U.S. article, OVC outlines current efforts to respond to labor trafficking, highlights recent and ongoing research, and summarizes our work in this area.

Notably, OVC funding supports a wide variety of anti-trafficking training and technical assistance, including labor trafficking resources focused on lifting up survivor voices. These resources included webinars, e-learning courses, tip sheets, guides, and other materials that support the identification of survivors of labor trafficking and provision of transformative services.

View the 2023 Human Trafficking Anniversary Commemoration Guide: Collaboration, Transformation, and Impact, which highlights 20 years of OVC’s anti-trafficking efforts, for help in creating your public awareness campaigns about labor trafficking. The guide features a sample blog on labor trafficking and other resources to help your organization quickly and capably develop and implement its campaign.

To access additional publications and other resources on labor trafficking, access the Human Trafficking section of our site.

Tune in for Monthly OVC Updates From Director Kristina Rose

Every month, OVC Director Kristina Rose updates the field about OVC programs and initiatives during a short From the Director’s Desk briefing call.

Calls are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m., eastern time. Save the date for the next briefing: September 14, 2023.

Registration is not required. To join the From the Director’s Desk briefing—

  • Dial: 415-527-5035
  • Access Code: 2763 450 8124
  • Attendee ID: Press #
  • Save to calendar

Also listen to a recording of the August 2023 briefing. During this session, Director Rose provided updates on National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, takeaways from recent events, the status of the Crime Victims Fund, and more.

Learn more on our From the Director’s Desk page.

Date Published: August 16, 2023