30th Anniversary of Justice for Homicide Victims was celebrated at our annual Memorial Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Ca. National Crime Victims’ Rights Week theme: 30 years restoring the balance of Justice.
On a bright Sunday morning we honored all victims of homicide while celebrating JHV’s 30th year. Ellen Griffin Dunne and Marcella Leach incorporated JHV as a non-profit in February 1984. In that same year then President Ronald Reagan declared one week each year would be National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. This years’ theme: 30 years restoring the balance of justice. Crime Victims’ Rights have come a long way in the last 30 years, but things may be changing
Since this was our 30th anniversary we reminisced a bit with early members Jack Reilley and LeeBertha Pickett-Allen talking about those founding days and sharing stories of the impact of murder on their families. Griffin Dunne talked about how the murder of his sister hindered his mother’s health; already struggling with MS. Kathleen Cady, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, Victim Witness Program; and Frank Girardot, Editor of the Pasadena Star News provided updates of JHV’s current activities of educating the public on their rights as provided under Marsy’s Law as well as training young law enforcement cadets, publishing rewards and bringing attention to the large number of unsolved homicides. Michael Ramos, San Bernardino County District Attorney, discussed the future of Victims’ Rights. His remarks are captured in the accompanying article from the Pasadena Star News.
We had new performers this year: Michael Skidgel and Sarah Grandpre sang “Amazing Grace” while Guitarist Kevin Rose performed two songs. I've heard nothing but raves about their performances.
On a sad note, one of our speakers suffered a massive heart attack during the program. There is an accompanying article regarding this event written by Griffin Dunne. I am pleased to report that Jack is doing well today and is on the mend. He’s thankful to everyone for their well wishes for his speedy recovery.
Organization reflects on three decades of helping families of homicide victims
The Pursuit of Justice for Homicide Victims