BRIDGES (Bringing Residents Information about Death and Grief to
Engage them in Services) is a project created for families who have
lost a loved one due to crime. The project, funded by the Violence
Against Women Act, is focused on Latino and Chinese families, the
two largest immigrant communities of Queens, NY.
Using a public service campaign that provides information in
English, Spanish, and Chinese, BRIDGES aims to increase knowledge
about rights and available services for families who have lost
loved ones to crime.
BRIDGES has partnerships with local medical, educational, legal,
and religious organizations in Queens, NY. This network of
community leaders works to disseminate materials and inform
families of their rights and direct them to agencies for
From this network, BRIDGES has developed a
Community and Consumer Advisory Board consisting of experts to
guide the creation of products that are in multiple languages and
available in print and on the internet.
Several products have been developed to increase knowledge of
crime victims' rights and services.
Below are our available products:
Homicide: For Those Left Behind:
For individuals in Queens whose loved one died as a result of a
crime, this brochure provides basic information regarding crime
victims’ rights and the grieving process. To access the
PDF file, please
Homicide: A Guide to Services in Queens for Loved
For service providers, this guide provides information about the
grieving process as well as well as information about legal rights.
To access the PDF file, please
Crime Victims' Assistance:
BRIDGES has developed a list of organizations in Queens who provide
legal, financial, and educational assistance as well as mental
health services to co-victims of crime. To access the list, please
For more information on BRIDGES, please contact:
Vanessa Rodriguez, Ph.D.
BRIDGES Project Coordinator