Protecting victims’ rights

Victims of crime have rights that are guaranteed in the Alaska constitution and also in state statutes. In 2001, the Alaska legislature created a new agency called Office of Victims’ Rights, aimed at helping crime victims obtain those rights with respect to contact with criminal justice agencies in the state. For example, a victim is allowed to be present at criminal or juvenile proceedings where the accused has the right to be present.

The lack of this right catalyzed an Alaska family in the mid-80s to launch a local nonprofit. According to its website, “Victims for Justice was founded in 1985 after the loss of Janice Lienhart and Sharon Nahorney’s parents and their aunt, brutally murdered during a home invasion. Following the murder, a hearing was held but was closed to the public, denying all rights of the family to defend their lost loved ones.

“Directly following the hearing, Lienhart and Nahorney aggressively fought in the victims’ rights movement in Alaska. The two wanted to create a place where victims of violent crime could get professional assistance while also coping with their grief and trauma.”

On the upcoming Hometown Alaska, co-hosts Kathleen McCoy and Senior Judge Elaine Andrews will discuss victims rights with representatives from both the state office and the nonprofit.

Your questions and comments are always welcome throughout the show. Join us.

Thanks for listening!




  • Taylor Winston, director, Alaska Office of Victims’ Rights
  • Michelle Evans, lead victim advocate, Victims for Justice



  • Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752 (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm)
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  • LIVE: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
  • REPEAT: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.


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