The enactment of Georgia’s Crime Victims Bill of Rights in 1995 provides crime victims with statutory rights under Georgia law. Since that time, crime victims’ advocates have been diligent in their quest to ensure all victims are informed of their rights and that they are treated with dignity and respect as they navigate through the complexities of the criminal justice system.
“It’s been almost two years since Marsy’s Law was passed. Since implementation, we have been looking for new and innovative ways to educate Georgians about crime victims’ rights and the resources available to them,” said Erinn Mahathey, National Outreach Director for Marsy’s Law for All. “After recognizing that Georgia does not have a state-wide platform that details victims’ rights, we decided to partner with PAC to create one comprehensive card for all law enforcement and victims’ rights advocate groups to customize and use.”
Designed by PAC, the printable notification card outlines victims’ rights under the Georgia Constitution and the Georgia Crime Victims Bill of Rights. It also makes it possible for organizations to include local victims’ assistance agencies and resource providers to further assist victims of crime. This card will be made available to prosecutors, law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies, victims’ advocates and community organizations to help educate crime victims on their rights. The card will be downloadable and can be accessed at pacga.org.
In addition to the launch of the card, PAC will host a live webinar on October 1 featuring three panelists who will discuss the card and explain how Georgia advocates are working diligently to expand their ability to connect with and support crime victims. To register for the event, click here.
“We have partnered with Marsy’s Law for Georgia to create a notification card because we saw the need for a state-wide resource that outlines crime victims’ rights,” said Peter J. Skandalakis, PAC Executive Director. “We are excited to see the card be accessed and distributed to those in need and hope it will help crime victims better understand their rights in the judicial process.”
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