MOTHER WALK FOR PEACE
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MAKING MY SON’S DEATH COUNT
After loosing my son in 1989, I faced the most difficult period of my life — the trial of the young man who murdered my son.
I’ve dedicated my career to ensure that another family does not have to endure the pain that I’ve had to suffer. In response to that devastating loss I was moved to participate in the public policy debate around gun violence, victim rights and public safety.
I founded MOMS, Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters, a volunteer-led organization dedicated to ending the plague of violence in America’s communities. Twenty years later, families who have suffered through homicide’s catastrophic loss, still join MOMs groups across the country to call an end to violence in our communities.
I’ve worked to build Atlanta Victim Assistance, Inc.; an agency that advocates for the fundamental rights of victims and witnesses of crime with compassion, dignity and respect. As Executive Director I’ve witnessed the police work hard to reduce the homicide rate. I’ve also watched the heartbreak of more than 700 family survivors grieve the loss of their loved ones. Without Atlanta Victim Assistance, Inc. family survivors may have had to navigate a complex criminal justice system — alone. For this reason and many others, we are here to provide comprehensive services that help survivors to demystify the criminal justice system and offer support that can reduce severe emotional stress.
While crime is sadly a fixture in our daily lives, thankfully there are also advocates who work to foster a healthy transition from victim to victor. Your participation helps to ensure that victims of crime have access to highly-qualified, professional and volunteer staff to usher families through the aftermath of violent crime.
On Sunday, May 22, 2011 I will walk for my son, in support of grieving mothers and in solidarity with law enforcement and the City of Atlanta government for violence free communities. I invite you to add your voice to ours at the Mother’s Walk for Peace.