An information fair, march and candlelight vigil will be held April 27 in Lawrence in conjunction with National Crime Victims' Rights Week.
The 15th annual observation of National Crime Victims' Rights Week will begin Sunday.
In Lawrence, an information fair and rally will be held at 2:30 p.m. April 27 at Centenary United Methodist Church, Fourth and Elm.
A march will follow. It will begin at the church, travel across the Kaw River Bridge and end at city hall, where a candlelight vigil will be held.
Several speakers, including representatives from the Douglas County District Attorney's office, community residents and area ministers, will speak at the rally and vigil, organizers said.
"It is important for all citizens of Lawrence to join us in celebrating the dawn of a new day for victims," said Lawrence resident Denese Cabanas, coordinator of the event and of Mothers Against Gang and Gun Violence.
"While victim justice is our ultimate goal, we cannot begin to dream of reaching it without the support of all those who believe in public safety and the fair treatment of crime victims."
Anyone interested in participating or volunteering in local activities may contact Cabanas at 841-0308 or the church at 843-1756.