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A Conversation with Roberta Roper

To commemorate the annual observance of the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims on September 25, OVC Director Kristina Rose speaks to Roberta Roper in the latest edition of the Justice Today podcast.

Roberta’s daughter, Stephanie, was murdered in 1982 and, in this podcast episode, she shares her story and the challenges she and her family faced navigating the justice system.

In memory of her daughter’s life and recognizing the work that needed to be done to help ensure victims of crime receive fair and equitable treatment, Roberta worked tirelessly to advocate for change. She founded the Stephanie Roper Committee and Foundation, now known as the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center, and contributed to the seminal Maryland State Constitutional Amendment in 1994, along with more than 100 other crime victims’ rights bills, including the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, part of the Justice for All of 2004.

Hear Roberta’s inspiring story and how the crime victims’ field has changed in the past four decades; and learn about the ongoing work that needs to be done to help all victims of crime find their justice.

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The Office of Justice Programs’ Justice Today podcast explores cutting edge research and practices and offers an in-depth look at what OVC and its partner offices are doing to meet the biggest public safety challenges of our time. Listen to more Justice Today podcasts.

Date Published: September 26, 2022