Updated: State's Attorney's Office Raises Awareness About Victims' Rights Throughout Lake County

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Lake County State's Attorneys Office


April 21, 2022


For Immediate Release
Contact: Steve Spagnolo
(224) 374-2376


State's Attorney's Office Raises Awareness About Victims' Rights Throughout Lake County 


(Lake County, IL) - The Lake County State's Attorney's Office invites residents to honor National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by participating in one of several events throughout the week. State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart and other members of the office will be educating the community about victim rights, services offered by the office, and resources available to victims throughout the county. 

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 24-30. This year's theme is "Rights, access, equity for all victims." 

The theme underscores the importance of helping crime survivors find their justice by enforcing victims’ rights, expanding access to services, and ensuring equity and inclusion for all. 

The States Attorney's Office invites residents to register for the office’s Virtual Kickoff of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on Monday, April 25 at 6PM, on Zoom at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mCNYWfjFSAWvSuH2V_qhJA  

Monday's virtual event will be provided in both Spanish and English.

Residents are also encouraged to participate in the following in person events during the week. A map with the location of the events and participating organizations can be found at NCVRW Program Site Locations (arcgis.com).

  • Tuesday, April 26, 11am-2pm – Resource Fair for Victims with Art Display by Dandelion Gallery at the County Building, 18 N County Street, Waukegan
  • Wednesday, April 27, 11am-1pm – Program highlighting services provided in Korean at Hanul Family Alliance, 2900 N. Main Street, Buffalo Grove 
  • Thursday, April 28, 6pm-8pm – Resource Fair featuring 24 community organizations at the Mundelein High School Cafeteria, 1350 W Hawley Street, Mundelein 
  • Friday, April 29, 3:30pm-5:30pm – Sen. Morrison and SA Rinehart discuss new texting pilot program at the Highwood Library, 102 Highwood Avenue, Highwood
  • Saturday, April 30, 10am-12:00pm – Resource Fair and Crime Survivors Testimony at the Gurnee Mills Mall Entrance G, 6170 W Grand Avenue, Gurnee 


Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart stated, “our office has a renewed and urgent focus on protecting the community by enhancing the voice of victim in our courthouse. This year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week appropriately focuses on equity and inclusion in the legal process. For our program this year, we will be hosting a wide array of events to show that we believe justice should reach every geographic and cultural corner of Lake County.”  

Chief of Victim Services Jacqueline Herrera Giron said, "The goal of the victim services division is to take a holistic approach by meeting the victim where they are at while informing them of their rights and connecting them with needed services." 

First designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week increases general public awareness of, and knowledge about, the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime. 

For additional information about 2022 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Lake County, please contact Cynthia Vargas at CVargas@lakecountyil.gov or Ediza Hernandez at EHernandez2@lakecountyil.gov. Residents can also call 847-377-3000 for more information. 


Lake County State's Attorney's Office
18 N. County Street
Waukegan, IL 60085  
Phone: (847) 377-3000