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Hittin' the Road with the Law Enforcement Coalition

It's been awhile since I've had the opportunity to have in person meetings with law enforcement officials, and boy have I missed it. 

The Ultimate Guardians

During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we wanted to honor a few Iowans with our “Guardian of Victims’ Rights Awards.” 

Their Voice When They Cannot Be Heard

Thank you Sheriff Van Renterghem, for your support of crime victims and Marsy's Law for Iowa.

NCVRW - A Time to Unite Our Voices

Thank you, Sheriff Raveling for your support of crime victims and Marsy's Law for Iowa. 

Use Your Voice During NCVRW

Our team has been hard at work, preparing for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 18 – April 24. This is always an important week for Marsy’s Law – we recognize it’s a time to stop and honor crime victims with purposeful, impactful ways to let them know they are supported and seen.

 

Each year we look for new and different ways to honor victims during this special week, and help engage YOU, our supporters. Without your help, our recognition of all that victims have been through would go unnoticed.

 

We’re reaching out again, and asking for your help to show victims just how much we support them. We are hoping you might be willing to use your voice in support of victims during NCVRW.

 

10 Years Without Justice

A recent update from the West Des Moines Police department outlined one of Iowa's most high profile cold cases in recent times ... and the search for justice for Ashley Okland and her family continues to this day. 

 

 

Support, Build, Engage

 

Since Marsy's Law for Iowa was created, we have honored National Crime Victims' Rights Week. 

 

 

Meet the Interns

While things certainly look different for our interns this year because of COVID, we have been thankful for their help. We wanted to take a minute and introduce you to Kylie and Emily. 

Do Victims’ Rights Violate A Defendant’s Right to Confrontation?

Opponents of victims’ rights love to claim that giving a victim the right to participate in the criminal justice process will somehow violate a defendant’s constitutional rights to due process and confrontation found in the 6th Amendment of the US Constitution. The argument is compelling, because it seems simple on its face to anyone with a general understanding of constitutional rights, but the interpretation of the 6th Amendment is not that simple. As a member of the Bill of Rights, the 6th Amendment has been around since the ratification of our constitution, making it ripe for over 230 years of judicial interpretation. It has undergone intense judicial review, which has concluded indisputably that the 6th Amendment rights to due process and confrontation are not without restriction. Defendants’ rights are not absolute, they must be balanced with the rights held by all parties and participants in court. It is the literal reason we have an existing appellate court system in this country – to determine the proper balance of rights.

 

 

Iowa Can Do Better for Black Citizens

 

February is Black History Month and we want to talk about exactly how Iowa can do better for its Black citizens.