Cook County launches a victim rights campaign

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CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County officials are encouraging victims of crimes to know their rights.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County officials are encouraging victims of crimes to know their rights.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office recently launched a month-long initiative to educate residents about victim rights.

Officials in the State’s Attorney’s office say that volunteers in the Victim Witness Assistance Unit and Community Justice Centers are holding presentations and using public service announcements to promote services available to crime victims.

State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez is scheduled to hold a Victim Service Awards ceremony to coincide with National Crimes Victims’ Rights Week, beginning April 22, to recognize those who work on behalf of crime victims.

Resources for crime victims and witnesses are available in 15 locations throughout the county. These resources include information on the Illinois Bill of Rights for Crime Victims and Witnesses.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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