“I am extremely proud that the U.S. Embassy has strongly supported this week since its inception eight years ago, and each year that I’ve spoken I have had the pleasure of highlighting the significant progress that Kosovo has made on crime victims’ rights.  As always, there is more work to do, but over the last several years Kosovo has shown a consistent dedication to improving its treatment of crime victims.

I am encouraged that Kosovo continues to build a robust victim advocate’s office, staffing it with professionals and providing them with the tools and the skills to help those seeking assistance.  These advocates are a source of critical support and guidance that help the victims of many crimes – be it domestic violence, trafficking, or rape – to navigate what can be a complex and frequently frustrating justice system.  This support is often an integral part of a victim’s successful recovery.” (full speech:  US Embassy Kosovo)