Honoring crime victims during annual vigil at Capitol


Every April, the Michigan Crime Victims Vigil serves as a remembrance for victims, along with families and friends of those who have been impacted by a crime.

Members from law enforcement agencies, victim services associations and other advocate groups all gather in the Capitol Rotunda to honor and remember those who have been a victim, or have suffered a loss as the result of a crime.

The event also features speakers and an award ceremony honoring the strongest advocates of victims’ rights in Michigan.

The vigil is sponsored by the Crime Victim Foundation and takes place at the Capitol each year as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, R-Lawton, hosted the 28th annual Michigan Crime Victims Vigil on Wednesday evening along with Attorney General Bill Schuette and Sen. Steven Bieda, D-Warren. Schuitmaker is a long-time participant of this event and has served as both co-host and keynote speaker in the past.

Schuitmaker also introduced a resolution on the Senate floor proclaiming April 10-16 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Michigan. The week is commemorated with events across the country recognizing and supporting victims’ rights.

With the implementation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act in 1985 and the passage of a constitutional amendment in 1988, the state of Michigan has adopted some of the nation’s most comprehensive laws to protect the rights of crime victims.

Let us never forget those most impacted by crime — the victims and their families.