On Thursday, my Office of Victims Advocacy (OVA) and I hosted the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Day Service and the Kentucky Homicide Memorial dedication of names at Resthaven Cemetery in Louisville. Nine names were added to the memorial this year, and I was incredibly moved by the strength and courage of the family members who attended. This annual service is such an important time to remember the victims of violent crimes and their families. My staff and I will continue working every day to ensure that the voices of Kentucky’s crime victims are heard.
In 2013, my Office of Victims Advocacy provided resource referrals to more than 4,000 victims, victim advocates, and victim service providers. The OVA also trained more than 700 victim advocates, prosecutors, and law enforcement through various initiatives, including our Victims Assistance Conference, which is designed to alert advocates and others about pressing crime and violence issues. This year’s Victims Assistance Conference is being held next week in Lexington, and I’m looking forward to speaking with the many victim service providers and law enforcement officials who work tirelessly making our communities safer and ensuring justice and healing for crime victims.
Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to discuss my concerns about the marketing practices of some for-profit colleges with Bloomberg TV. Some of these schools are using unfair business tactics that take advantage of students, leaving many with worthless degrees and enormous amounts of student-loan debt. As chair of the national working group of 32 state attorneys general who are reviewing these practices, I am committed to protecting our consumers here in Kentucky. You can watch my entire interview with Bloomberg TV here.
I hope you will also take a moment to check out my monthly newsletter, Kentucky General News. The newsletter was just posted this week and highlights the great work my office accomplished in March. In it, you can read more about the newly-designed website created for the Child Victims’ Trust Fund, my efforts to overturn the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of an extremely potent painkiller called Zohydro, and my Keep Kentucky Kids Safe programs in Scott and Anderson counties. Kentucky General News is available here.
This afternoon, I enjoyed attending the annual "They’re Off! Luncheon," the official kickoff of the Kentucky Derby Festival. This is one of my favorite times of year, and the Derby Festival team always does an outstanding job of making the weeks leading up to Derby such a special experience for Kentuckians.
Finally, I’m looking forward to visiting Goldsmith Elementary School next week to participate in this year’s "Real Men Read" initiative during Louisville’s annual "Give a Day" week of service. I also encourage you to "give a day." Consider volunteering your time to a school, church, or non-profit group next week, and help make Kentucky an even better place to live, work, and raise all of our families.