All posts tagged: victim advocate

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 Cruz, ImaginePublicity,Crime Wire

Crime Wire: Attorney Michelle Cruz Talks about Crime Victims’ Rights

You can hear Crime Wire   Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Eastern.  Please visit our Crime Wire Website. Together we can make a difference. LISTEN LIVE: CLICK HERE or listen to the Podcast at anytime Yes, a new look, a new host, but the same quality show! Over the years Crime Wire has presented many, many cases of unsolved homicides, missing persons, and all other types of crime. Along with each of these crimes comes surviving victims, family members, children, and friends, and most are still working to find justice. While seeking justice, or grieving for a lost loved one, there are an abundance of rights available the surviving crime victims. Most of them they know nothing about, and others are either misinterpreted or not enforced by those close to the cases who are in a position to do so. If you are a surviving crime victim and have questions about your rights as a victim for Michelle Cruz, CALL IN to the show or ask in the interactive chat!   646-478-0982 Attorney Michelle Cruz was appointed by Governor M. Jodi …