Crime victims groups take over government center

Friday, April 15, 2016

Organizations that deal with crime victims took over the skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center Tuesday as part of National Crime Victims week.

The gathering of the 24 groups was organized by Lisa Eder a supervisor within the Victim Services Division of the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. She said it was an opportunity to “get a variety of service providers together to share the work they do, network and provide information to the public about the impact of crime in our communities.”

National Crime Victims Week runs from April 10 through April 16 this year.

Joann Wade, the office manager of MADDADS, along with volunteer Darrell Andre-Simms, told passerbys about the work the organization has done to reduce violent crime in Minneapolis and comfort neighbors who have lost a relative to the street violence.

Marquita Clardy volunteered at the table for Parents of Murdered Children, where she said she has been a member, sadly, for three years when her child was murdered. Hennepin County Attorney’s Office Victim/Witness Advocate Carmen Kyro said that she and the other advocates work closely with the organization when they are dealing with the parents of murder victims.

Eder also said that Lisa Smith of the FBI helped increase the number of organizations by providing the contacts for many of the federal agencies that provide victim services. Eder said Tuesday’s event was a success and she expects it will happen again next April.

The groups who were part of the event included:
Parents of Murdered Children; Death to Life; MADDADS; Juvenile Probation Restorative Justice; CornerHouse; FBI Victim Services; Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD);MN for Safe Driving; Brian Coyle Center; Cornerstone; NorthPointe; Department of Corrections Victim Services; MN Alliance on Crime; Office of Justice Programs; MN Indian Resource Center; Homeland Security; ATF Victim Services; The Link; MN Alliance for Elder Justice; Postal Service; US Attorney Office; Hennepin County Victim Services; Domestic Abuse Service Center; MPD Community Crime Prevention Specialist.