National Crime Victims Rights Week 2020

Note to website visitor:  Welcome to the National Crime Victims' Rights Week 2020 online commemoration created for you by the Iowa DOC's Victim Advisory Council and the Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance (IOVA).  Although the week has passed, we hope you will continue to find this online version inspirational, celebratory and useful.  We will maintain this posting throughout the year; feel free to invite others to visit here.

Seek Justice | Ensure VictimsRights | Inspire Hope

Governor Reynold's Proclamation (click here)  Read by Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown, Area Prosecutions Division of the Iowa Attorney General's Office, click here

For the first time ever, we have a U.S. Congressional House of Representatives resolution that honors National Crime Victims’ Rights Week! Click here

VIDEO POSTINGS on the NCVRW 2020 Theme

TUESDAY 04/21 POSTING:  Justice - click here

WEDNESDAY 04/22 POSTING:  Victim Rights - click here

THURSDAY 04/23 POSTING:  Hope - click here

THURSDAY 04/23 POSTING: Special video acknowledging those whose lives were lost due to violent crime from April 2019 to April 2020)  - click here.*

*We were unable to include Iowa's most recent loss, Kejuan Winters, 21 years old from Johnson County, whose life was taken on April 20th.

          Click here for a brief message from Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

          Click here for a special message from the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, Peter Deegan.

          Click here for a special message from the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, Marc Krickbaum.  

The United States Attorney’s Offices for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa are honored to announce this year’s recipients of the Law Enforcement Victim Service award and the Award of Excellence in Victim Services.  These awards are presented as part of Iowa’s celebration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and are the highest federal honor in Iowa for victim services. Scroll down to see this year's award recipients, and "Congratulations!"


Beinvenidos de la "Victim Advisory Council" del DOC de Iowa (VAC) y de la Organización de Asistencia a las Víctimas de Iowa (IOVA) para la Semana Nacional de los Derechos de las Víctimas del Crimen 2020. Lo invitamos a visitar esta página web durante la semana del 19 al 25 de abril para ver breves mensajes de video de sobrevivientes, líderes estatales y proveedores de servicios para víctimas. Aunque no podemos estar juntos en persona este año, esperamos que encuentre la versión "online" inspiradora, festiva y útil.

Haga clic en los enlaces de arriba para ver los mensajes de algunos de nuestros líderes estatales, sobrevivientes del crimen, y defensoras de las víctimas.  Vea a continuación la lista de ganadores de premios, aquellos reconocidos por su excelente trabajo en nombre de las víctimas en Iowa.



Excellence in Victim Services Award

  • Victim/Witness Liaison Roberta Cruz – Polk County Attorney’s Office

  • Anastasia Basquin, Nick Maybanks, and Michael Harris- Linn County Attorney’s Office

Law Enforcement in Victims Services Award

  • Investigator Matthew Denlinger- Cedar Rapids Police Department

  • Agt. Jason Pessman – Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) in Davenport, IA

  • Iowa City Human Trafficking Task Force:

    • Det. David Gonzales – Iowa City Police Department

    • Det. Mike Smithey – Iowa City Police Department

    • Det. Andy Rich – Iowa City Police Department

    • Agt. Jagat Sandhu – Iowa DCI

    • Det. Hanna Dvorak – Coralville Police Department

    • Sgt. Katrina Rudish – Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and

    • Det. Jennifer Clarahan – Iowa City Police Department


Printed from the Iowa Department of Corrections website on October 29, 2020 at 12:36am.