Office of Victims Advocacy

Victims' Rights Day Commemoration

April 22 | 12:00pm-1pm | Capitol Rotunda

John W. Gillis

Special Guest Speaker: Mr. John W. Gillis was born in Lexington, KY where he received his secondary education and graduated from Douglas High School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Gillis has a long and distinguished career in criminal justice, including victim issues. He is the former National Director, Office for Victims of Crime, U. S. Department of Justice. He served with the Los Angeles Police Department for more than twenty-six years. Following the 1979 murder of his daughter Louarna, he became a founding member of Justice for Homicide Victims (JHV) and the Coalition of Victims Equal Rights, statewide organizations that worked on behalf of the rights of victims and their families. He is also the co-founder of Victims and Friends United, an active member of Memory of Victims Everywhere, and Parents of Murdered Children (POMC). He is currently a board member of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

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The Office of Victims Advocacy will be celebrating National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, "Engaging Communities — Empowering Victims" on a Day of Celebration, Wednesday, April 22 from Noon-1:00pm in the Capitol Rotunda, Frankfort.

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