FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Leonetti Chapman, a nursing student at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), began volunteering at Crime Victim Care of Allen County (CVC) about five months ago. This week, she is helping the organization observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week at two remembrance events, Thursday, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Forensic Nursing Specialties-Sexual Assault Center at 2270 Lake Avenue, Suite 201, and Saturday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Agape International Fellowship housed at St. Joseph UMC at 6004 Reed Road.
CVC is a non-profit organization that works with immigrant and refugee families who experience violence, crime, and abuse. Chapman says she got involved with the group because, “I have an incredible passion to seek justice and to help those who may be under served. I find these groups of people, especially immigrants, are sometimes left without a voice in our community due to linguistic, cultural, and other daily barriers. I am involved because these individuals need advocates and I strongly believe in rights for all people.”
While volunteering at CVC, Chapman applied for and received a $1,000 Community Service Mini-Grant from the Indiana Campus Compact to do a service learning project during National Crime Victims’ rights Week. She hopes that these two events “…will educate the community, with a special focus for those who are non-English speaking, about victim rights, several types of crime, and where they can seek help and guidance if they or someone they love has fallen victim to crime. While volunteering at CVC, I found that many of the clients are unaware of punishable crimes due to cultural barriers. It is our goal to help educate these populations in order to help decrease the crime in our community.” IPFW’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (ODMA) served as the principal investigator for the grant for Chapman and provided a match of $250 for her project.
The CVC is joining Victim’s Assistance of the Fort Wayne Police Department, the Sexual Assault Center, St. Joseph UMC, and IPFW to sponsor the Thursday and Saturday events.
For more information on the grant, contact Christopher Douse, director of ODMA, at 260-481-6604 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about CVC and the events, contact Saneta Maiko, executive director, at 260-452-7640 or email@example.com.