Attorney General Peter Kilmartin to Recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with Victims’ Grove Ceremony

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin will join U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections A.T. Wall, Providence Police Commissioner Steven Pare, Providence Police Colonel Hugh Clements, Rhode Island Division of Sheriffs Chief David DeCesare, and others on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at the annual Victims’ Grove Ceremony to honor individuals and organizations committed to providing support and resources for victims.

“For victims of crime, the effects may last long after the actual incident, and the process of rebuilding can be long. As this year’s theme indicates, serving victims involves building trust. The compassion and dedication of the individuals we honor today has given hope to countless victims of crime, and I am humbled to recognize their contributions,” said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.

The program will begin with the Providence Police Department Honor Guard presenting the colors followed by the National Anthem sung by Kim Maciel, an advocate at Day One.

Following a short speaking program and presentation to the honorees, guests will lay a wreath in memory of all victims of crimes.

When:             12:30 p.m. – Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Where:           Memorial Park – South Main Street, Providence

April 10 – April 16, 2016 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to honor victims and advocates of victims’ rights. This year’s theme – Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope. – underscores the importance of early intervention and victim services in establishing trust with victims, which in turn begins to restore their hope for healing and recovery.

The 2016 honorees are:

Sheriff Edward Cooper and Angel Cooper

On September 1, 2015, Deputy Sheriff Edward Cooper, who was off-duty, arrested David Allison, 34, just after he had allegedly committed a homicide and violently attacked two other women, critically injuring both.  Deputy Cooper performed admirably and heroically in confronting this suspect, who had already allegedly murdered a woman and was pursuing another who had fled the residence.  Had Deputy Cooper not intervened in the situation, it is conceivable that the second woman, who had sustained serious stab wounds, would have been murdered as well.  Deputy Cooper displayed tremendous professionalism, courage, and restraint and is being commended for saving the lives of two women and that of the suspect as well.

As Deputy Cooper was outside his home apprehending the suspect, his wife Angel alerted Providence Police to the situation.  She provided important information that led to their swift arrival on scene and the arrest of the suspect.  Her actions ensured that all responding officers were aware of the situation and of her husband’s presence, which preserved the safety of all involved.

Providence Police Detective Koren Garcia

Detective Garcia has over 15 years in law enforcement, with two years’ experience as a detective in the Providence Police Department’s Investigative Bureau. As a detective, her focus has been on investigating sex crimes and human trafficking, and working closely with social services to help guide, influence, and empower victims to change their lives.

She is a professional who truly understands the victims’ perspective and provides services which reflect best practices in response to these victims and their interaction with law enforcement and justice.  She works extremely well in partnership with victim service organizations, going above and beyond to both secure justice for victims and to ensure the best efforts are made for follow up services, at the same time ensuring effective prosecution of the offender.  Detective Garcia understands the need for a holistic approach, and the importance of collaboration and partnership.

Rebekah Snyder, Volunteer Helpline Advocate with Day One

Rebekah Snyder is currently a graduate student at Roger Williams University, working towards a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology.  Since joining the team at Day One in 2014 as an intern, Rebekah has gone above and beyond as an advocate on Day One’s 24-hour HelpLine offering confidential support, information, and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. During the past year she has exceeded the expectations of the intern and volunteer responsibilities to manage the HelpLine as the interim Advocacy Coordinator during the applicant search.

Working in partnership with local colleges and universities, Rebekah has also created the RI Campus Sexual Assault Guide for college survivors of sexual assault, which is the only guide of its kind in the state.  This guide will improve support and treatment options for victims throughout the state.  Furthermore, Rebekah is an active member of the Statewide Sexual Assault Task Force and works with the Roger Williams Student Conduct and Community Standards Program.

Alliance Security Company

In 2013, Alliance Security, a Rhode Island-based home security company, began its partnership with the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and launched the “Friends of RICADV” program the following year.  Through the “Friends of RICADV” program, Alliance Security provides victims and survivors of domestic violence with free home alarm systems, installing them at no cost and providing free monitoring for one year.  So far, the company has installed nearly 50 alarm systems in survivors’ homes, as well as in the Coalition’s member agency shelters and transitional housing units.  In 2015, the partnership was named one of the nation’s “Promising Practices” by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

 In addition to the honorees, two individuals will be recognized for their past commitments to assisting victims of crimes:

  • Denise Alves, formerly with MADD-RI
  • Maryann Osediacz, former victim advocate with the Juvenile Prosecution Unit at the Office of Attorney General Family Court Unit.
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