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Ceremony of Remembrance Held in Albany as Part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2017

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Building Hope Community Event

  April 6, 2017



 Ceremony of Remembrance Held in Albany as Part


of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2017





ALBANY, NY - District Attorney P. David Soares announced that the 2017 Ceremony of Remembrance was held on April 6, 2017 at the Albany County Courthouse Rotunda to honor victims of crime. The event, organized by Albany County Stop DWI, The Albany County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michele E. Martin Memorial Trust, honored the theme of “Strength, Resilience, Justice.”  National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is a time to honor crime victims and those who tirelessly advocate on their behalf.

At the Ceremony, local dignitaries and advocates gathered to hear crime victim survivors reflect on the difficult journey that many people face after being affected by crime. The event was emceed by Shannon Sarfoh, Bureau Chief of the Special Victims Unit of the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.  In addition to honoring the journeys of crime victim survivors, the Ceremony also highlighted the positive efforts of local law enforcement and community agencies in their support of crime victims and emphasized how community can come together to support needs of victims and survivors through all phases of the healing process, from the moment the crime is committed to long after an offender is sentenced.

At the ceremony last Thursday, the Elizabeth Martin Outstanding Achievement in Victim Advocacy Award was presented to Amanda Petrie, Crime Victim Caseworker at the Albany County DA’s Office and the Sexual Violence Center. 

In addition, the Sheriff George L. Infante Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Award was presented to Bruce McLaughlin, retired member of the New York State Police   

For more information please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]