The CUE Center for Missing Persons’ 16th Annual National Missing Persons Conference, “Commanding the Endurance of Strength” will be held March 26-29, 2020 to focus on the exchange of ideas and best practices through presentations and classes. The conference also provides a place of peace for families who are suffering through the struggles that come with missing a loved one or dealing with an unresolved homicide.
The conference is open to everyone who has an interest in supporting CUE’s primary missions of locating missing people and comforting their loved ones. Advocates from law enforcement officers, victim assistance professionals, youth groups, and families of the missing are especially encouraged to attend.
“Through classes and presentations by those who are considered experts in their fields, attendees will gain a better understanding of the issues and possible solutions. We provide a place where families with missing loved ones can interact and know they are not alone on their journey,” said CUE Founder Monica Caison.
- What: The CUE Center’s 16th Annual National Missing Persons Conference
- When: March 26-29, 2020
- Where: Holiday Inn, 5032 Market Street, Wilmington, N.C.
- Register: Registration is now open at ncmissingpersons.org.
- Candle Light Service: Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Notable speakers for this year’s conference include:
- Dennis N. Griffin, author and Founder of The Transparency Project,
- Maggie Zingman, Caravan to Catch a Killer,
- Kit Gruelle, Intimate Partner Violence, Effective Procedure, Response and Policy,
- Todd Bower, Critical Reach, Prepare to Save a Life
Attendees say instructional classes are the highlight of the conference. Classes are open to everyone attending. Among this year’s instructors are:
- David Mittelman, New Approaches to Enabling Human Identification from Crime Scenes,
- William Bolton, Advanced Tactical Training Search and Rescue,
- Mark Wynn, Victim and Officer, Victim Safety, Understanding Coercive Control in Incidents of Domestic, Sexual Violence
- Kathy Day, PhD, What You Can Learn from Forensic Anthropology
In keeping with the annual tradition, attendees will be transported to downtown Wilmington Saturday night for the Annual Candlelight Vigil, which is open to the public and honoring those still missing. As part of the ceremony, “Keeper of the Flame” awards will be presented to law enforcement, business leaders, organizations, media outlets, search personnel, and volunteers who have risen above their daily duties to help those in distress.
For complete details on all the conference events, registration, and how to become a volunteer, please call the CUE Center for Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.