NO. R-125.† House concurrent resolution honoring Delma Reed of Richmond for her work on behalf of crime victims.

(H.C.R.78)

Offered by:† Representative Robinson of Richmond.

Offered by:† Senator Condos of Chittenden County and Senator Snelling of Chittenden County.

Whereas, during crime victimsí rights week, which occurs the week of April 7-11, it is appropriate to recognize the significant contributions of individual crime victims in assisting other victims, and

Whereas, Delma Reed exemplifies a crime victim who selflessly contributes her time and effort to the victimsí rights movement, and

Whereas, she is a founding member of the Vermont Victim-Survivor Crime Council, is an active volunteer with Victim Services 2000, a project of the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services which promotes the integration of crime victim services in Vermont, and since January 2000 has served on the Victim Compensation Board, and

Whereas, Delma Reed volunteers as a victim impact panelist in order to share her story of victimization with agency of human services professionals who work with crime victims, and

Whereas, she has spoken publicly at numerous victimsí rights forums and has testified before executive and legislative committees on the importance of the victim assistance program and the needs of crime victims within the department of corrections and restitution, and

Whereas, among her other activities on behalf of Vermontís crime victims are participation in criminal justice training programs and work with the Ecumenical Councilís Peaceful Communities, a project designed to address the needs of crime victims within the faith community, and

Whereas, Delma Reedís work continues to improve the quality of services which the criminal justice and social service systems can offer to crime victims, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes Delma Reedís significant contribution securing the basic rights of safety, information notification, choice, testimony validation, and restitution for all victims of crime in Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:† That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Delma Reed in Richmond.