Restoring the Balance of Justice
The Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims' Services Division observed National Crime Victims' Rights Week with a commemoration ceremony honoring all those who advocate for victims and promote victims’ rights in Oregon. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 8, at 11:45 AM at the Portland Building,1120 SW 5th Avenue in Downtown Portland, Oregon, in the auditorium on the second floor. The ceremony was also webcast for viewers unable to attend the event in person. A recording of the event will be available here soon.
This year’s theme was, “Restoring the Balance of Justice: 30 years of the Victims’ of Crime Act.” The Department of Justice honored two individuals, Keith Bickford and Mickie Ebert.
Mickie Ebert – Co-located advocate with Domestic Violence Services Inc. and the Oregon Department of Human Services.
|Morrow County Victims Assistance Program |
Advocate Deona Siex, Attorney General
Ellen Rosenblum and Honoree Mickie Ebert;
Photo courtesy of Andy Marion
Ms. Ebert rises to the challenges and seizes the opportunities of life as an advocate in rural Oregon. She is a survivor who draws from her experiences to empower the victims she works with to make positive changes. She began as a volunteer at Domestic Violence Services and has worked there for nine years. She is respected in her community as an individual with a passion for her work who gives one hundred ten percent. In addition to working with individual victims, she makes educational presentations about domestic violence and sexual assault and sits on the Hermiston High School Law Panel where she responds to students’ questions about abuse. Ms. Ebert was honored for her compassionate and collaborative work with victims and community partners in rural Morrow County, Oregon.
|Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, |
Honoree Detective Keith Bickford, and
Attorney Chanpone Sinlapasai;
Photo courtesy of Andy Marion
Detective Keith Bickford – Detective, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. Detective Bickford is a deputized U.S. Marshal. He serves as Director of the Oregon Human Trafficking Task Force, a member of the DOJ Immigrant Crime Victims’ Rights Sub-committee and the Human Rights Commission’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Detective Bickford has helped bring together federal and state government agencies with advocates, attorneys, social service providers and community leaders to improve the way victims are served and protected through the social and judicial systems. He helped establish secure shelters for juvenile victims of trafficking and he regularly makes educational presentations to the community. Detective Bickford was recognized for his collaborative and victim-informed work toward eliminating human trafficking in Oregon.
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You can help promote awareness of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 6-12, 2014! Please adopt the following campaign materials and adapt the tagline for your email from now through April 12, 2014.
For more information about the rights afforded to crime victims please visit Crime Victims' Rights or the Office for Victims of Crime.