Pictured from left are Lisa Adame, Victim Services President; Samuel Burton, Chaplain; ISP Warden (A) Neil McDowell; Mika Moulton, President of Christopher’s Clubhouse; ISP Community Resource Manager Carey Ochs; CVSP Warden (A) Kimberly Seibel; Mike Evans, City of Blythe Mayor; Ellen Rutledge, with CVSP, and CVSP Community Resource Manager Kenny Kalian.

Pictured from left are Lisa Adame, Victim Services President; Samuel Burton, Chaplain; ISP Warden (A) Neil McDowell; Mika Moulton, President of Christopher’s Clubhouse; ISP Community Resource Manager Carey Ochs; CVSP Warden (A) Kimberly Seibel; Mike Evans, City of Blythe Mayor; Ellen Rutledge, with CVSP, and CVSP Community Resource Manager Kenny Kalian.

Victims’ families recount stories, Blythe mayor presents proclamations

By Lt. Kelli Madsen, AA/Public Information Officer
Ironwood State Prison

BLYTHE —Every April, the federal Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) helps lead communities throughout the country in their annual observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) by promoting victims’ rights and honoring crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf.

This year’s NCVRW was held April 19-25 with the theme “Engaging Communities, Empowering Victims.” The week highlighted the diversity of our communities and allowed opportunities for expanded partnerships to serve victims of crime, enhance efforts to meet victims where they are, and empower crime victims as they pursue justice and recovery.

In observance of NCVRW, Ironwood State Prison and Chuckawalla Valley State Prison held a combined ceremony on Wednesday, April 22.  Special guest speakers, Mika Moulton, who is the President of Christopher’s Clubhouse, and Ellen Rutledge, an employee of CVSP, attended the celebration and shared their tragic stories. City of Blythe Mayor Mike Evans was also in attendance and presented each Warden with a proclamation.

Rutledge’s son, a federal correctional employee, was murdered in 2008.

Moutlon’s 10-year-old son, Christopher, was murdered in 1995. She founded Christopher’s Clubhouse as an educational resource to teach children what to do if they are abducted.