New York Crime Victims Assistance Task Force

The New York State Crime Victims’ Memorial was established in April of 1996. Located directly behind the Legislative Office Building on the grounds of the Empire State Plaza, the memorial was dedicated to victims of crime and their families, as well as survivors of crime in New York State. A brick walkway leads up to the monument with the names of victims of crime inscribed on the bricks.

A few years ago, the walkway was redone to make room for more bricks, as the Memorial grows every year. But, there is only so much space and the weather wears down the engraving. At this time, the Task Force is working closely with NYS Office of General Services to redesign the Memorial. It must be moved just a few feet away from its current location and all of the bricks will be removed. Every name in the walkway at this time will be engraved in a new walkway that is more durable and attractive.

What this means to you:

If you have a brick in the walkway, the New York Crime Victims' Assistance Task Force would like to make arrangements with you to give you the brick. They will be stored in Latham until we can locate the person (crime victim or family member) who requested the brick.

The new memorial is ready for visitors. Please note that at this time not all victims have been added to the electronic kiosk. If you would like to have your loved one added, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may include a short poem or memorial to accompany your loved ones name and can send a photo.

If you believe you have a brick from the former memorial walkway that you would like to retrieve, or if you have any questions, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New York Crime Victims' Assistance Task Force  


The New York Crime Victims’ Assistance Task Force includes citizens and organizations, both public and private, that advocate for and support the rights of victims of crime. The task force strives to make justice truly meaningful and truly effective by recognizing that crime isn’t something that “happens to someone else.” Crimes can have many victims, and there are countless opportunities to ensure that victims and survivors receive the rights and respect they need and deserve.



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