The annual Victims’ Grove ceremony, traditionally held in April as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), will take place virtually today. This event promotes victims' rights by honoring crime victims and survivors, as well as those who advocate on their behalf.



This year's NCVRW theme—Seek Justice | Ensure Victims' Rights | Inspire Hope —commemorates the individuals and groups whose advocacy has propelled the victims' rights movement forward for the past half century, inspiring in victims, survivors and their loved ones a feeling of hope for progress, justice, and healing. The event will take place virtually in response to COVID19.



Participating dignitaries: 



  • Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha
  • United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Aaron L. Weisman
  • Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner.




When:             1 p.m.

                        Monday, June 29, 2020



Where:           Access Facebook Live event here



The following victim services professionals and advocates will be presented with 2020 Crime Victim Service Awards during the ceremony in recognition of their dedication to supporting, advocating for, and honoring the rights and dignity of Rhode Island victims of crime:  



  • Deb DeBare, MMHS (lifetime service)

National Network to End Domestic Violence

  • Detective Sergeant Gregg L. Catlow

Smithfield Police Department

  • Detectives Jeff Richards and George Duarte

Providence Police Department

  • Vincent Clement

Father and grandfather of two homicide victims

  • Detective Michael Iacone & K-9 CALI

Cranston Police Department

  • Kristi Di Cenzo and Robyn Giragosian

Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR)

  • Tricia P. Martland, Esq.

Roger Williams University