Day: 02/25/2016

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CUE Center for Missing Persons 12th Annual National Conference

”Paving the Way by Grace” is the theme for the 12th Annual National Missing Persons Conference sponsored by CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington, North Carolina. The conference will be held March 17-20th at the Holiday Inn, 5032 Market Street, Wilmington, NC. The four-day event will focus on improving communication between families and agencies, exchanging ideas, and creating a unified support system for victims left behind. The National Missing Persons Conference is open to all who have an interest in supporting the primary cause of locating missing persons including search and rescue groups. In addition, the Conference is open to those who support victims of homicide, intimate partner violence and other crimes against both adults and youth. Advocates from law enforcement, victims’ assistance, youth groups, families of the missing and anyone with an interest in learning how they, too, can help are welcome. Registration is now open. LINK TO REGISTRATION The conference is both educational and informative, presenting cutting edge technology and ideas to make a difference in the way missing person’s cases are handled. “Through classes and presentations by those …

Diane Fanning Appears at Virginia Writers Club Symposium

Saturday, August 1 the Virginia Writers Club Annual Symposium will be held in  The Dickinson Fine & Performing Arts Center at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia.  From 8am to 3pm the agenda includes panel discussions, workshops, a book fair and signing. Renown Virginia author, Diane Fanning, will be a panelist for the session titled “Crime Does Pay,” along with nonfiction crime author, Dan Moldea. Fanning is the author of 23 traditionally published books. She has been honored as a nominee for the coveted Edgar Award, as well as the Defender of the Innocent Award from the Illinois Innocence Project for her part in exposing evidence which allowed a wrongful conviction to come to true justice. Subjects of her true crime books include such high-profile crimes as the Michael Peterson murder case in North Carolina (Written in Blood), the Caylee Anthony case in Florida (Mommy’s Little Girl), and the Virginia murder of Jocelyn Earnest (Under Cover of the Night). Fanning’s fiction includes the Lucinda Pierce detective series set in Virginia, and her latest World War II era …

Shattered Lives: Review of Missing Persons Shows

  On the eve of the annual On the Road to Remember Tour sponsored by CUE Center for Missing Persons, Shattered Lives Radio host and Connecticut State Outreach Coordinator for CUE, Donna Gore presents past shows reflecting all aspects of missing persons. Over the lifetime of Shattered Lives Radio listeners have learned about the impact of missing persons from family members, search and rescue personnel, and the Founder of CUE Center, Monica Caison. The day a person goes missing it affects everyone in the family, the community, and ripples out further that we can ever know. Resources unknown to the general public are often put into place when a full-blown search is launched. Nothing ends until the missing loved one is found, no matter what the circumstances. Guest Monica Caison Monica Caison, Founder of the CUE Center for Missing Persons in Wilmington, North Carolina, is the keeper of the flame and the tireless organizer- searcher for the forgotten… a mission carried forth since 1994. Monica goes about her job systematically. She‘s built a reputation, the …

TRAFFICKED Designs, Dottie Laster, jewelry workshop

TRAFFICKED Designs: Company Created to Employ Survivors of Human Trafficking

TRAFFICKED Designs is a New Braunfels, Texas start up company founded by Dottie Laster to employ survivors of human trafficking. Laster has been involved in the rescue and restoration of hundreds of victims across the country, and through the Bernardo Kohler Center she is accredited to practice immigration law. Using acquired skills of the survivors to design and create jewelry, art and other products, the company assists rescued victims to better assimilate back into society by learning skills to re-enter the job market successfully. The difficulty for victims needing a fresh start lies in a job market where background and credit checks limit the availability of meaningful employment. Resources for rescued victims are inadequate throughout the United States, clearly an area of need among every community whose budgets are at a minimum. Trafficking victims must have specialized care, safety from the traffickers, mental health treatment, and basics like food and shelter; then they need to be able to join the workforce and become self-sufficient. “SOS: Save One Soul” by TRAFFICKED Designs TRAFFICKED Designs introduced a line of handmade jewelry …

Shattered Lives: Spotlight on Jessalyn Dorsey, Crime Victim Advocate

Listen to Shattered Lives Radio When a sudden tragedy occurs, like homicide, many surviving loved ones go on to do great things in memory of the one they lost. Jessalyn Dorsey is one such person. Executive Director of Crime Victims Advocacy Council in Atlanta, GA, Jessalyn Dorsey lost her only child in 1999 to a senseless murder during a teen party. Not only was she unprepared for such a loss, as any mother would be, the event was life changing. Often we see surviving victims who find the fortitude and courage to stand up and make changes in our system regarding crime victims. Jessalyn, through CVAC has taken the challenge and has given assistance to a growing population of victims who need help. Whether it be emotional support, or guidance through the justice system, CVAC provides much needed resources to community members facing a very uncertain and confusing time.  “CVAC is dedicated to preventing crime and assisting crime victims and their families and communities in Georgia through quality education, advocacy, counseling, and legislative initiatives,” says their …