Tomorrow morning from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. the Orleans District Attorneys Office is partnering with the local United States Attorneys Office and the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriffs Office to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA).
In 1984, Congress passed VOCA that created the Crime Victims Fund, which is financed through fines and fees from offenders. The fund has grown to more the $2 billion and distributed throughout the nation to assist the nearly 4 million crime victims. In Orleans Parish, the criminal sheriffs office is in charge of the Crime Victims Assistance Program.
The free event will be held at St. Marys Academy, 6905 Chef Menteur Highway, and will feature food, music and entertainment and several community groups will be on hand displaying information and resources available for crime victims. At 11:30 a.m., U.S. Attorney Jim Letten will distribute awards, recognizing victims of violent crimes and their surviving families. Letten will be joined by DA Leon Cannizzaro and other celebrity guests.