Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX), founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus, joins co-chair Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) to announce their legislation, the National Crime Victims Rights Week Act of 2008, passed the US House of Representatives.

During National Crime Victims Rights Week, community leaders and organizations recognize the importance of victims rights, said Poe. The week honors both crime victims and the individuals who advocate for them every day. This years theme, Justice for All Justice for Victims, is most appropriate because without justice for victims, we do not have justice at all.

This act designates the week of April 13th as National Crime Victims Rights Week to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States.

Crime victims are our sons, daughters, and our friends and neighbors, said Costa. This years them of National Crime Victims Rights Week is Justice for All, and we need to do more as a nation to ensure all victims of crime are afforded their legal rights and provided with assistance as they face financial, physical, and psychological impacts of crime.

As co-chairmen of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus, Poe and Costa have been leaders in bringing the issue of crime victims rights to the forefront in Congress. The Caucus has been successful in authoring legislation and amendments to help bring more debate to the issue, as well as protecting the Victims of Crime Act fund.