CITIZENS AGAINST HOMICIDECitizens Against Homicide
, founded in 1991 by Jane Alexander and Jan Miller, is a non-profit, public benefits organization serving families and friends of homicide victims.
The majority of the organization's Board Members have lost a family member to murder. They are surviving the devastating loss of a loved one and continue to suffer the emotional trauma of coping with the criminal justice system. They have joined together to create a body of support and a voice for the survivors and friends of murder victims.
Here are a few of the services CAH offers:
* At the request of families, they work to keep convicted murderers in prison with Parole Board denial letter-writing campaigns across the US. The campaigns are featured in the CAH monthly Newsletter, with distribution to 4000 readers.
* At the request of families, they feature Victim Profiles in the monthly Newsletter, honoring the deceased and attempting to generate new leads in unsolved and cold cases.
* They provide information in the Newsletter on pending crime legislation in California.
* They provide guidance through the complicated criminal justice system, including trail and courtroom support, one on one.
* They assist families in securing information on homicide reward funds and billboards in California, one on one.
* They provide advice for family and friends of murder victims in the composition of a "Pre-sentence Impact Statement," which is presented at trial prior to an offender's sentencing.
* They provide online resources where victims can find:
- the status of an offender after conviction
- victim and survivor rights and services, along with compensation and restitution
- non-profit victim assistance groups
- crime statistics
* They provide a forum where the family and friends of murder victims can share letters.
* They provide a list of law enforcement, political and mass media resources that can be used to help solve a murder.
Words from Citizens Against Homicide:
"You cannot prepare for the event that makes you a victim. You can only react. You need to know how to deal with the subsequent trial, sentencing and parole hearing. We help you take action to protect your interests."
Please visit www.citizensagainsthomicide.org
for more information.