Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Crime Victims Board
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For immediate release: Monday, March 22, 2010

New York State Crime Victims Board partners with American Red Cross to sponsor blood drives next month in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester

Drives sponsored to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 18 – 24

The New York State Crime Victims Board is partnering with the American Red Cross’ New York-Penn Blood Services Region to sponsor blood drives in three upstate cities next month to mark National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in New York State.

This year, the week will be marked nationally and across the state from Sunday, April 18 through Saturday, April 24; the theme for this year’s week is “Crime Victims Rights: Fairness. Dignity. Respect.”

Blood drives will be held in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester; this is the third consecutive year that the board has partnered with the American Red Cross to sponsor drives. The schedule for the blood drives are as follows:

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at City Place, 50 West Main St., Rochester. This drive is new this year.
  • 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the American Red Cross’ Blood Donation Center at the Empire State Plaza Concourse (near the Hallmark Store).
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Erie County Community College’s city campus, 121 Ellicott St., Auditorium.

To schedule an appointment at any of these locations, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE, 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

“We are proud of our ongoing relationship with the American Red Cross, and pleased that we are able to support blood drives in three cities this year,” said Tina M. Stanford, chairwoman of the board. “Our partnership with the Red Cross is natural, given the fact that a core principle of each of our missions is the responsibility to help those who are in need.”

Recognized annually since 1981, Crime Victims Rights’ Week is designed to call attention to the life-changing impact crime has on victims and their loved ones, to highlight services available to assist crime victims and to reinforce the message that victims’ voices need to be heard throughout the criminal justice system.

Established in 1966, the Crime Victims Board provides direct compensation to eligible crime victims and funds a network of victims’ assistance programs across the state. Funding for crime victims’ compensation and victim assistance programs comes from the state and federal government, generated by fines, mandatory surcharges, and crime victim assistance fees that certain offenders pay after conviction in either state or federal court.

During the 2008-09 fiscal year, the Crime Victims Board provided more than $27.3 million to crime victims and their families, including payment of medical and funeral expenses, compensation for lost wages and reimbursement for essential personal property.

The board also will provide another $98 million over the next three years to fund a network of 189 victims’ assistance programs across the state.  Those programs, administered by district attorneys’ offices; probation and police departments; hospitals; and non-profit organizations including YWCAs, rape crisis centers and child advocacy centers, provide services that range from crisis intervention and counseling to legal assistance and transportation.

The five-member board has offices in Albany, Brooklyn and Buffalo. Members are appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the state Senate; the term of office is seven years.