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Attorney Michelle S. Cruz, ImaginePublicity

Attorney Michelle Cruz Keynote Speaker at NCVAN Training Conference in North Carolina

Attendees of the annual North Carolina Victim Assistance Network Conference will learn about the key elements to responding to mass victimization from keynote speaker, Attorney Michelle S. Cruz and her presentation, “Victim Services and Needs in Mass Tragedies.” In our time we have seen numerous mass tragedies occur, in our cities, in our schools, movie theaters, they can happen anywhere at any time, killing and injuring hundreds or thousands very quickly.  How we respond to the needs of the victims in these catastrophes is paramount to their healing and ability to overcome the trauma endured. Attorney Michelle Cruz was the State Victim Advocate of Connecticut at the time of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting where 26 people, 20 of whom were children, lost their lives.  The  response of her office for the surviving victims and families was to gather information and compile data from agencies across the country and funnel volunteers to help the victims. Unfortunately, her tenure in office expired before being able to insure that donated funds for the victims’ families were properly disbursed. Cruz …

Victims’ Rights Prevail in Connecticut Due to Voices Being Heard

Big things happen when the squeaky wheel is greased, and from unlikely sources. During the unexpected experience of a parole board hearing, Donna Gore aka “LadyJustice” and her family found themselves facing circumstances that were unwanted and unplanned. 34 years after losing their beloved husband and father, the murderer was up for parole, able to do so because of “good time” served. Sometimes it’s the little things that make big differences to the comfort level of a victim of crime.  One of the things that the Gore family did not want known to the person convicted of murdering their loved one was their identities at the parole hearing.  A crime victim should not have to ask what rights are available to them, however, in the course of criminal history, many victims don’t know what rights to ask for or who to question. Former Connecticut State Victim Advocate, now a private attorney, Michelle S. Cruz was retained by the family to offer legal representation and advocacy during the short preparatory period before the parole hearing which was …

Attorney Michelle S. Cruz, ImaginePublicity

Michelle S. Cruz and Margaret McLean Discuss Crime Victims’ Rights on “It’s a Crime Radio”

Listen LIVE Saturday with guest Attorney Michelle S. Cruz, Advocate for Victims’ Rights.  To listen LIVE at 1-2 Pacific, 4-5 Eastern CLICK HERE   When it comes to the rights of crime victims not too many are in the league of Michelle S. Cruz. Cruz is the former Connecticut State Victim Advocate and in that capacity she has had experience with all kinds of victims from domestic violence to murder and fearlessly defended their rights. This show will feature two powerhouse attorneys and former prosecutors discussing topics such as victims compensation at Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT to the rights of the victims of  Whitey Bulger currently amidst a dramatic federal racketeering trial, and who left countless victims in his wake. In a society where we feel that the criminals are balancing the scales of justice in their favor, crime victims need so much. Many have no idea exactly what their rights are and how to properly use them, if they don’t know what questions to ask, there aren’t answers they so richly deserve. Michelle Cruz …