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Current Events & Developments

  • The VCRC turns 30! This year is the Victims of Crime Resource Center’s 30th anniversary!  Since 1984, the Victims of Crime Resource Center has been a lifeline for California victims.  Over the years, our dedicated Center staff has explained and informed tens of thousands of victims about their role and legal rights in the criminal justice system.  Our staff has helped each victim compile a tailored list of county-specific resources that can provide the precise assistance needed.  The Center has also lead the way in victims’ rights research.  We have responded to countless legal research calls from service providers around California, and have offered pro bono legal representation to hundreds of victims. The Center has witnessed a transformation in victims’ rights with the passage of Marsy’s Law, and our staff has helped spearhead the modernization of victim services delivery to ensure that we are reaching as many victims of possible. Each VCRC staff member has, is, and will continue to work diligently and vigorously to ensure that each victim is afforded their rights and is aware of the multitude of services available to assist them.  
  • The National Elder Abuse Symposium will be taking place December 9-12, 2014 at the Hyatt located at San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf. Prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement, adult protective services, victim advocates, and more will provide information on how to identify, investigate, and prosecute cases involving elder and dependent adult abuse. For more information, click here.

  • As part of our “Know Your Rights” campaign, the Center began collaborating since December 2013 with the local magazine d’primera mano. Through a series of articles in Spanish, we joined efforts to provide to the local Spanish speaking community with information about victims’ rights and the several resources available in California for the victim and the victim’s family. Our first montly collaboration began with an article on “Cyberbullying” o Intimidacion Cibernetica.
  • SB 1193 passed the California state legislature in September of 2012 and went into effect in April of 2013.  This bill requires certain establishments to post a notice informing the public of telephone hotlines available for victims of human trafficking to receive help and for others to report unlawful activity. These toll-free hotlines are available 24 hours a day and are completely confidential and anonymous.  For more information about SB 1193 visit the Attorney General’s website at https://oag.ca.gov/human-trafficking/sb119

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