Mission Statement

The Crime Victims Council of Dallas County is a collaboration established to provide a seamless web of services to victims of crime.  Our goal is to reduce re-victimization through education, networking and advocacy. 


Who We Are

A collaboration established to provide a seamless web of services to victims of crime. The Council, one of the oldest of its kind in Texas, consists of representatives from a variety of agencies and organizations focused on crime victims' issues and services.


Chairperson: Sumer Wassef, LPC

Co-Chair: Erica Craig

Treasurer: Claudia Arnick

Secretary: Jessica Caudillo 




The Crime Victims Council of Dallas County was established in 1998. The Council membership is comprised of people who serve as advocates, victim assistance providers, volunteers, employees from public agencies in Dallas County such as police departments, the juvenile department, the District Attorney's office, the U.S. Attorney's office, non-profit agencies, and any person interested in working to assist victims and survivors of crime.

The Council held the first Crime Victims Rights Week ceremony in Dallas at the Dallas County Courthouse in April 1998. We started by having ceremonies and presentations by victims of crime. In 2003, we held the first Awards Presentation for people who go above and beyond to assist victims of crime as well as a training for law enforcement on Victims rights and services. In 2004, the Council sponsored a Safety Fair at a local mall. In April, 2005, along with a breakfast ceremony, the Council joined (MADD) Mothers Against Drunk Driving at their "Strides for Change" walk.

We have coordinated the "Tree of Angels" ceremony each December for the past 13 years with approximately 100 people attending the first year. The ceremony in December 2010 saw over 300 people in attendance. These special "Tree of Angels" ceremonies are held in different locations around Dallas county. Each year a tree is decorated with ornaments brought by the surviving family members, in remembrance of crime victims. The tree is displayed from the 1st week of December until the 1st week of January.

The Council meets monthly in various locations around the county to network, share information, and plan upcoming events or meetings that benefit all victims of crime.