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National Center Statement on the Germanwings Tragedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 26, 2015
Contact: Tara Ballesteros  tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743

Washington, DC -- The National Center for Victims of Crime wishes to express its sincere sympathy and concern for all those impacted by the plane crash in the French Alps earlier this week. It now appears that this was a deliberate act of violence in which the co-pilot intentionally crashed the plane killing all those aboard. 

Mass casualty crimes are rare; however they attract intense media attention, especially one of this nature with victims from all over the world. In the wake of this tragedy, it is critical that the immediate short-term needs of those impacted are addressed. We need to be concerned with the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of those affected. Individuals and communities will require support in the days and years to come and it is important to plan for their long-term needs. 

“Our thoughts are with all of those who lost family, friends, classmates and colleagues in this terrible tragedy and also with the brave and compassionate first-responders and recovery workers who have begun the difficult work of providing justice and healing to those affected,” commented Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime.  

The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.