AUGUSTA — The Maine Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children will host its 11th annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week celebration at noon Sunday, April 19, at Le Club Calumet, 334 West River Road, according to a news release from the Maine chapter. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome.

A luncheon will be followed with a program of guest speakers including Maine Deputy Attorney General Lisa Marchese, chairwoman of the Maine Domestic Violence Homicide Review Panel; Carey Nason from Hope Rising, a human trafficking program of St. Andre’s; Meg Hatch, from the Maine Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers; Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster, and Arthur Jette from the Maine Chapter, Parents of Murdered Children, will provide information on prevention of violent crimes and community responses available to victims of crime, according to the release.

Survivors of homicide victims are encouraged to bring framed photos of their loved ones, as well as a small personal item to display on a memorial table.

This year, National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is April 19-25 and the theme is “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.”

To RSVP, or for more information, call Diane Gagnon at 623-8642.

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