04/20/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/20/2021 10:39
April 20, 2021
LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is commemorating National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which runs through April 24.
This year marks NCVRW's 40th anniversary. Its theme is Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.
'This week is dedicated to remembering crime victims and survivors,' Nessel said. 'Equally important is highlighting the commitment law enforcement makes to protect victims, which is one of our chief responsibilities as we serve the people of Michigan.'
That commitment was reinforced last month when Nessel filed an amicus brief in People of the State of Michigan v. Ricky Dale Jack. The filing is in support of the People's emergency application to protect the personal information of victims and witnesses in prosecutions, which is currently before the Michigan Supreme Court.
The application, and Nessel's subsequent support, was in response to a Michigan Court of Appeals decision that ruled a prosecutor must provide addresses of victims and witnesses when turning over discovery.
'Victims and witnesses already face the fear of retaliation when they come forward to report a crime,' Nessel said. 'If we are to build trust with those who fall victim to or witness a crime, we must maintain their privacy. We cannot achieve one without the other.'