Caddo Sheriffs honor crime victims and their advocates at luncheon, blood drive
The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office held a luncheon and blood drive Monday in support of crime victims and their advocates.
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -
Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office recognized National Crime Victims' Rights Week Monday with a luncheon honoring victim advocates and a blood drive to honor the people those advocates fight for.
This year marks 30 years since the Victims of Crime Act passed in 1984.
Victim advocates include public safety, judicial and medical professionals, who are faced with the challenges of crime and victims daily.
The luncheon was held at 11 a.m. this morning at the CSO's re-entry facility on Forum Drive. After the luncheon, a blood drive was held at the Caddo Parish Courthouse on McNeil Street. People showed up to donate blood in honor of a crime victim or loved one.
Dominic Salinas spoke on behalf of a family member who was permanently disabled after he was beaten by three people during a home invasion robbery. Salinas has worked closely with the Caddo Sheriff's Crime Victims' Reparations Office to receive ongoing medical care for his loved one.
Crime victims did not always have these types of rights. Now, every state in the Union has victims' rights laws and compensation programs funded by offenders.
In 2013, the CSO distributed $234,706 to more than 119 crime victims or their families. Funds are used for medical expenses including counseling, funeral and burial expenses, dental reimbursement, lost wages, catastrophic loss, and reimbursement for out of pocket expenses directly related to the incident.
For more information contact Deputy Vickie Johnson at 318-681-0870.