CRIME VICTIMS’ CLINIC

In November 2008 California voters approved the Crime Victims Bill of Rights Act of 2008 (Marsy's Law) giving victims of crime 17 constitutionally rights here in the state of California. Justice for Homicide Victims is dedicated to ensuring that everyone knows and understands those rights.  Toward that end, we periodically schedule Victims' Rights Clinics and bring in professionals to explain those rights to victims.   Future Clinics will be posted under the Dates to Remember on our Home Page.

Our first Clinic was held on September 18, 2010; the second Clinic was held on January 29, 2011, and a third clinic was held July 9, 2011.


JHV started 2013 with a LAPD West Bureau hosted Crime Victims’ Clinic Saturday, January 12th, at the LAPD’s Ahmanson Recruit Training Center in Westchester. Dr. Michael Crosby, Sr. led the group in an inspiring innovation. Welcoming was LAPD Commander Dennis Kato; Captain Peters; Donna Wills, Director of the Los Angeles District Attorney Victim-Witness Assistance Program; and the Honorable Jim Dear, Mayor of Carson. 

Attendees all received folders containing copies of materials presented.  Kathleen Cady, Deputy District Attorney, Special Assistant, LADA Victim-Witness Assistance Program explained Marsy’s Law and the constitutional rights provided by the Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008. LADA Head District Attorney David Dahle explained how Parole Hearings have changed under Marsy’s Law.  He further shared that only 10% of families from Los Angeles County attend parole hearings.  It is vitality important that families register with the Office of Victim & Survivor Rights & Services so that they are notified to attend parole hearings.  (Address & telephone number to the left).  Mr. Dahle has been a huge supporter of victims and we wish him our very best wishes as he retires from the District Attorney’s Office.

The Panel Discussion of “How Marsy’s Law has Impacted the Court Room” is always a favorite and this Clinic was no different.  The Honorable Judge Latin, Deputy District Attorney Joseph Porras (and how the Honorable Judge Porras), Sheriff Department Commander Warren Asmus (Bailiffs) and Victim Advocate Angelique Wiggins enthusiastically explained how Marsy’s law has been implemented. (the Public Defenders Office regretted that they were unable to have a representative at this year’s clinic.)

Xiomara Flores-Holguin, M.S.W. is law enforcement liaison and a supervising children’s social worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. 
In 2004, she assisted in the development and implementation of the county’s multi-Agency Response Team (M.A.R.T.) which consists of child welfare and law enforcement representatives working collaboratively to serve endangered children living in homes associated with high-level gangs, narcotics, weapons activity and child pornography.  The purpose of M.A.R.T. is to respond comprehensively and promptly to minimize trauma that children experience when adult household members are arrested and prosecuted. 

Los Angeles Sheriff Department Sergeant Tim C. Miley discussed the Sheriff Department Policy of the Homicide Bureau Unsolved/Missing Unit.  Sergeant Miley has committed to working with JHV/JFMC in developing a Crime Victims’ Clinic/ Unsolved Homicides event for July 20, 2013.  The Sheriff’s Department will be hosting this event at their Montery Road Headquarters facility.  If you have an unsolved homicide case, join the discussion… mark your calendars for Saturday, July 20, 2013.

JHV/JFMC has recently partnered with “Cuffed and Wanted” a magazine that published pictures and information about people in violation of parole, sex offenders who have not registered and others wanted in connection with both misdemeanors and felonies.  They are now published pictures and information regarding unsolved homicide cases.  Here again, if you have an unsolved case, contact Don Abernathy at 562-595-9300.

It was a great Clinic and we wish to thank everyone that participated and also those that attended.


January 2012 Crime Victims' Clinic Another Huge Success

The Los Angeles Police Department hosted Crime Victims' Clinic Saturday, January 28, 2012 was a huge success.  More than 100 people packed the new LAPD Headquarters at 100 West 1st.  LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Welcomed the group while giving his full endorsement to Victims' Rights and the importance of all victims of crime to know their rights as well as law enforcement.  Los Angeles City District Attorney Carmen Trutanich  also voiced his support of the Clinics.  Donna Wills, Director, Los Angeles County District Attorney Victim-Witness Assistance Program also welcomed the group.  Ms. Wills' and her staff have been major supporters of the Clinics.  Marsy Law Co-author, Steve Ipsen talked about his motivation in authoring the Crime Victims Bill of Rights Act of 2008.

Many others participated in the program such as Kathy Cady, Deputy District Attorney, Special Assistant, LADA Victim-Witness Assistance Program explained each aspect of Marsy's Law; Head Deputy District Attorney Dave Dahle discussed changes in the Parole Hearing under Marsy's Law.  A panel discussion of the held by the Honorable Judge Michael Latin (retired), Deputy DA Joseph Porras, Deputy Public Defender Leslie Stearns, LASD Commander Warren Asmus (Bailiff Services) and Victim Advocate Carmen Lopez.

Artist/Sculpture Victor Huge Zayas detailed a program he is working on with the LAPD involving their Gun Buyback Program which aims to take illegal firearms of the streets of L.A., in which he is recycling the guns into works of art.  His sculpture series made from more than two tons of destroyed guns will be on display at the Laguna Art Museum from February 26-April 29, 2012.


Pasadena Police Department host third JHV/JFMC Crime Victims' Clinic on Saturday, July 9, 2011

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich praised the Pasadena Police Department for hosting the JHV/JFMC sponsored Crime Victims’ Clinic on Saturday, July 9, 2011. He proclaimed that such a clinic was long over due adding that victims need to know they have rights and they need to exercise them.  Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (44th), Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard along with Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez all thanked JHV and JFMC for sponsoring the clinic.

Justice for Homicide Victims/Justice for Murdered Children called on members of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Victim-Witness Assistance Program to discuss the 17 state constitutional rights victims have under Marsy’s Law.  The Head Deputy of the L.A. Lifer Hearings Division provided tips on planning a parole hearing.  A panel discussion included a Victim Advocate, a Deputy DA, a Public Defender, LASD Captain of Bailiff Services and a Judge with each explaining how Marsy’s Law has impacted the court room

Pasadena Police Commander told how their department has implemented Marsy’s Law and ensured that citizens of violent crimes are treated with respect, dignity and fairness.

At this Clinic, JHV/JFMC invited Peace Over Violence and representatives of the L.A. County Dept. of Children & Family Services to ensure that domestic violence groups were aware of Marsy’s law and to learn how they were sharing the information. 

It was another great Clinic.  Thank you to the Pasadena Police Department for inviting us to their beautiful city and for hosting a clinic


Crime Victims Pack L.A. Sheriff’s Headquarters Facility on January 29, 2011 to learn their rights under Marsy’s Law

Justice for Homicide Victims and Justice for Murdered Children joined forces to hold a second Crime Victims Clinic at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department on Saturday, January 29, 2011.   Over 100 survivors of crime packed the facility to learn more about Marsy’s Law and their rights as victims of crime.

Congresswoman Judy Chu opened the Clinic and welcomed all in attendance.  She related how the recent shooting incident of Congresswoman Giffords in Tucson had deeply impacted her and other members of Congress. 

David Dahle, Head Deputy District Attorney of the Los Angeles Lifer Hearings Division, provide detailed information through a power point presentation on how families should structure their parole hearings.   Dahle related that family members appear at only 10% of the parole hearings held in California.

Kathleen Cady, Special Assistant, Los Angeles County District Attorney Office, Victim-Witness Assistance Program along with Antonio Sarabia, IP Business Law, Inc., explained through power point presentations and numerous handouts the forms need to gain court ordered restitution.  Robin Pollack and Richard Stickney of the Los Angeles County Probation Department discussion how important it is for family members to discuss the Probation Department recommendations with them. 

Lastly, Marsy’s Law Co-Author, Steve Ipsen, provided an update on those portions of Marsy’s Law that have been upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court.

Our gratitude  to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for hosting this important community event.


Knowing Your Rights
September 18, 2010

Assemblyman Mike Eng and Los Angeles Sheriff Baca welcomed more than 75 crime victims, victim advocates and other interested parties to a half day Crime Victims’ Clinic Saturday, September 18, 2010 at the Sheriff’s Headquarters facility in Monterey Park.  Also welcoming attendees were Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon and Marcella Nicholas Leach, Executive Director of Justice for Homicide Victims and mother of Marsy Nicholas after which the Crime Victims Bill of Rights Act of 2008 was named.  The event was sponsored by Justice for Homicide Victims and Justice for Murdered Children and hosted by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs.

Los Angeles County District Attorney, Victims-Witness Assistance Program Special Assistant Kathleen Cady fully explained the 17 constitutional rights provided to victims of crime through a power point presentation; a panel consisting of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Craig Mitchell; Los Angeles Sheriff Captain Warren Asmus (Court Services-Baliffs) and Michelle Wallace, Supervising Victim Services Representative, and Deputy District Attorney Lisa Tanner provided a discussion of how victims rights have changed within their jurisdictions with the implementation of Marsy’s Law.

A second panel included members of law enforcement such as Sheriff Homicide Captain Dave Smith; Inglewood Captain Mark Fronterotta, and L.A. Crime Stoppers Officer Do.  They discussed their areas of expertise; programs being implemented and their plans to assist victims of crime. 

Those in attendance praised the conference.  They generally agreed that it will take a while to get all agencies on board with the idea of victims having constitutional rights.   Attendees and participants agreed that workshops of this nature were the first step toward empowering all victims of crime.

 


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