"For more than 20 years, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) has remained dedicated to helping victims understand and assert their rights. It has worked tirelessly to give victims a more prominent presence in the criminal justice system, and to help them access the many services available. OVC continues to make a noticeable difference in the victims field by upholding victims' rights and improving services. In Fiscal Years 2003 and 2004, OVC emphasized work on many fronts, including human trafficking, identity theft and fraud, international terrorism, sexual violence, faith-based collaborations, victims' rights and services, and Indian Country. This Report to the Nation 2005 highlights OVC's focus areas from October 1, 2002, to September 30, 2004, and important initiatives that extend into Fiscal Year 2005. The initiatives undertaken in each area support the missions of the Office of Justice Programs, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Attorney General's Management Initiative, and the President's Management Agenda-all of which focus on providing victims with greater access to justice through the enforcement of federal laws, representation of individual rights, and efforts to prevent, reduce, and control crime. As OVC marked the 25th commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) in April 2005, it also paused to celebrate the legacy of President Ronald W. Reagan. This year's NCVRW observance was dedicated to President Reagan because of his rich legacy in promoting victims' rights and services. In the most fundamental ways, President Reagan gave the field a solid foundation on which it could grow and provided strong leadership."
United States Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/