CASA of Ohio Valley will honor National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by showing an exclusive, one-night screening of “The Amendment,” tonight at 7 p.m. at Owensboro Malco Cinema 16 for those that work with or serve in crime-victim service organizations.
“The Amendment” is movie that portrays the true story of Brooks Douglass, who at age 16, survived a devastating crime that took the lives of his parents. Since then, Brooks has dedicated his life to raising awareness and passing legislation to protect and serve survivors and their families. As a crime victim himself, lawyer, state senator, and now film maker, Brooks is a unique and powerful voice for victims. The Amendment is his true story of resiliency, recovery and justice.
Brooks is the recipient of the Ronald Wilson Reagan Award for Innovations in Public Policy (awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, 2011), the Lisa Hullinger Memorial Award (from the National Parents of Murdered Children, 2013), the Shining Star Award (from Prison Fellowship, 2013), and numerous other recognitions for his work on victim rights.
CASA volunteers are court-appointed special advocates who work to bring positive change to the lives of abused or neglected children. The primary job of a CASA volunteer is to listen to the child’s needs and get to know everyone in the child’s life. They then use the information they’ve gathered to let judges and other organizations know what the child needs and where they think their permanent home should be.
CASA has partnered with Independence Bank, Jagoe Homes and Kentucky Legend to offer this event to area crime-victim service organizations.