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Peñitas community health fair to focus on crime victim’s assistance

Crime victim’s assistance will be the focus of the city of Peñitas’ first ever community health fair.
According to Mayra Garza, a crime victim’s liaison with the city police department, the Jan. 24 health fair will provide informative panels about programs available to crime victims.

“People aren’t aware of the help made available for victims of crimes so we’re starting a conversation to change that,” Garza said. “We have counseling available in different areas of the Valley and we can even assist residents in relocating if they feel they’re in danger. There’s many options available for them.”

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Garza, who joined the police force late last year, said the idea of the health fair and its focus on victim assistance came to her on her first case with the city which involved a crime victim who was “unaware” of the public assistance available to them. Garza would not reveal details on the case but said the victim received monetary assistance to get her life back together after she was victimized.

The health fair—which will be held at the city library, 1111 S. Main St.— will have refreshments for the public and feature speakers from the local women’s shelter, Mujeres Unidas, the crime victim service, RGV Empowerment Zone, and more.

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