DA Honors National Crime Victims' Rights Week
updated: Apr 10, 2014, 12:35 PM
Source: Santa Barbara District Attorney
Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office Holds Press Conference
April 11, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. commemorating National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Santa Barbara, California - April 6 through April 12 is National Crime Victims' Rights Week
District Attorney Joyce Dudley and the District Attorney's Office will commemorate our nation's progress in
advancing victims' rights by honoring four outstanding citizens: a Victim of Crime Cora Boden; Santa
Barbara Sheriff's Department Detective Ray Gamboa; and Good Samaritans, Nick McGilvray and William
Barbaree. The Press Conference will be held next door to the District Attorney's Office at the Jury Assembly
Building, 1108 Santa Barbara Street.
The Citizen of Courage Award will be presented to Cora Boden. Cora endured years of abuse and yet has
transformed her life and found the strength to provide support and outreach to other vulnerable victims of
The Victim Service Award is being presented to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Detective Ray Gamboa in
recognition of his investigative efforts in the Mark Alan Phelps case. Ray's compassionate approach
instilled the trust and support necessary for the once silenced victims to come forth and tell their story.
This year our office is honoring two extraordinary Good Samaritans. They were nominated by crime victims
Ellen and Jim Atwood, whose lives were forever altered by an intoxicated driver. The victims' lives were
saved by the heroic efforts of William Barbaree and Nick McGilvray, who rendered first aid at the scene of
Only 30 years ago, crime victims had virtually no rights or assistance. Victims were commonly excluded
from courtrooms and denied the chance to speak at sentencing hearings. They had no access to victim
compensation and little help to rebuild their lives. The nation has made dramatic progress in securing
rights, protections and services for victims. Every state has enacted victims' rights laws and has victim
compensation programs. While we appreciate that progress has been made, this week presents a perfect
opportunity to not only recognize how far we have come but to acknowledge the work yet to be done.
Along with our partners we stand together to recognize the rights of crime victims and support their voices
within the criminal justice system.
District Attorney Joyce Dudley states, "We stand together with the individuals being honored on Friday,
April 11th, committed to protecting and upholding Victims' Rights as well as the public's safety. Our office
is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and justice by employing the highest ethical standards in vigorously
prosecuting the guilty as well as protecting the innocent; this we do by seeking to insure that all crime
victims are treated with fairness, dignity and respect."
Award recipients will be present at the press conference and available for questions.
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