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15th National Missing Persons Conference Sponsored by CUE Center for Missing Persons

The CUE Center for Missing Persons’ 15th Annual National Missing Persons Conference, “Turning Commitment into Action” will be held March 21-24, 2019  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 will provide a place where families can interact and know they are not alone on their journey,” said CUE Founder Monica Caison.

  • What: The CUE Center’s 15th Annual National Missing Persons Conference
  • When: March 21-24, 2019
  • Where: Holiday Inn, 5032 Market Street, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Register: Registration is now open at
  • Candle Light Service: Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm
  • City Hall on Princess Street side in Downtown Wilmington, NC

Notable speakers for this year’s conference include Judith A. Yates, True Crime Author and Criminologist  Carletha Kosky, Author of Demented, Norma Peterson of Document the Abuse, and Dr. Henry C. Lee, Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science.

Attendees say instructional classes are the highlight of the conference. Classes are open to everyone attending. Among this year’s instructors are Gregory Scarbro, FBI Next Generation Identification, Marissa Wright, Healing from Trauma and Transformation, Mac Morgan, K-9 Instructor and Trainer, and Dennis Gillan, Mental Health Speaker, Journey Towards Recovery.

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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



The Opioid Crisis: ImaginePublicity on Air 3 Part Series

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ImaginePublicity, Jillian Maas Backman, and the FBI Columbia, SC Citizens Academy Alumni Association have collaborated on the following 3-Part Podcast about Opioid Addiction and its human trafficking intersect.

The opioid epidemic has complicated and exacerbated the sex trafficking crisis in a number of profound ways: it has increasingly given traffickers a powerful tool to recruit and control victims, it compounds the recovery struggle for survivors, and it taxes the resources of the justice system.

At the national level, the Department of Health and Human Services has recognized both human trafficking and opioid addiction as major public health issues; earlier this year, the department’s Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) held a seminar to discuss the intersection between the two crises.

The more we know, the more likely we will we able to put an end to addiction and its horrendous impacts: death by overdose, and human trafficking trade in drugs.

Guest host, Jillian Maas Backman (JillianMaasBackman.Com) moderates the three-part discussion about the opioid crisis and the serious toll it’s taking on our society. The series presents the issue from three different perspectives, the addict, the law, and legislation.

Watch the FBI documentary Chasing the Dragon to educate yourself, as well as students and young adults about the seductive and dangerous path to drug addiction. Bring the film to your community to bring awareness and the facts of addiction to your churches, schools, and workplaces.

Podcast Series: The Opioid Crisis

1]  The Addict’s Mom, Janice Wright Collier

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2]   Former FBI Agent Attorney Timothy Clay Kulp

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3]   South Carolina Rep. Russell Fry, Chair of the House Opioid Abuse Prevention Study Committee

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Carry the message and distribute the podcasts to relatives, friends, colleagues, schools, churches and workplaces. Let everyone know. Raise the roof! Make noise.  No more overdoses. No more trafficking. No More.

Overview of Chasing the Dragon:

A recent documentary by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency titled Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict depicts the lives of several opioid addicts. The phrase “chasing the dragon” refers to a way of smoking heroin. It usually involves placing powdered heroin on foil and heating it from below with a lighter. The heroin turns to a sticky liquid and wriggles around like a Chinese dragon, thus the term “chasing the dragon.”  The video was developed in an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, and was designed to educate students and young adults about the seductive and dangerous path to drug addiction.


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A ‘Family’ Business: The Life and Times of Joey “The Fixer” Silvestri ImaginePublicity on Air Interview with Author Dennis Griffin


Award-winning Mob author Dennis Griffin joins forces with Joey “the Fixer” Silvestri to tell a tale of a bygone era when organized crime dominated New York City. It was a time when neighborhood bosses controlled their turf and some cops would look the other way for the right price. Your best friend one day might want you dead the next. It was a violent life in which only the strong survived.

Joe Silvestri was a tough kid from the mean streets of New York. He went from street brawler to wearing a tux at the glamorous Copacabana. He eventually provided “muscle” for the Mob, a highly respected and feared fixer—the guy you went to if you had a problem that needed to be resolved. He followed Mob protocol when having a sit down with an adversary: You never break bread with the enemy.

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PATHOLOGICAL ImaginePublicity on Air Interview with author Henry Cordes

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What creates a serial killer capable of unspeakable brutality?

Henry Cordes a reporter for the Omaha World-Herald whose book, PATHOLOGICAL: The Murderous Rage Of Dr. Anthony Garcia, recounts a series of murders, five years apart in Omaha, NE and the ensuing investigation, capture, and trial of Dr. Anthony Garcia.

Detective Derek Mois wasn’t sure what he was dealing with when in March 2008 he walked into a home in an affluent Omaha neighborhood and was confronted with the bodies of an 11-year-old boy and the housekeeper. Both had been murdered with kitchen knives plunged into their throats.

Five years later, a strikingly similar crime occurred in which two more victims were brutally murdered with knives expertly thrust into their jugular veins. 

In PATHOLOGICAL: The Murderous Rage Of Dr. Anthony Garcia, authors Henry J. Cordes and Todd Cooper, who covered the story for the Omaha World-Herald, recount the dramatic tale of deep-seated revenge, determined detectives, and the sensational trial of the doctor-turned-serial killer.

More information at WildBlue Press

What Every Nonprofit SHOULD Have Been Doing on #GivingTuesday


Every year when #GivingTuesday rolls around I see the same thing over and over; non-profits looking for big fundraising payoffs, matching funds from online platforms, and hoping to score big donations.

Yes, #GivingTuesday has become the second largest day for donations right behind December 31, however, the misconception is that nonprofits think that “giving” days designated throughout the year are solely for the purpose of gaining funds.

Studying the toolkit provided by the #GivingTuesday organization should be a prerequisite for every nonprofit looking to participate successfully on #GivingTuesday, along with long term planning. Sorry, you can’t just post on social media and expect to be the one who receives the match from Facebook or Paypal, it just doesn’t work that way.

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What’s the correct way to approach next year’s #GivingTuesday?

Focus on communicating with existing donors, in fact, every donor who gave to your campaign this year should already have been acknowledged and thanked. If not, why should you expect them to ever donate to your cause in the future? You haven’t let them know the value of their support to your organization. Get that thank you card in the mail today!

Create a stewardship plan that is in force all year long. It’s as simple as staying in close contact with existing donors and letting them feel how much you appreciate and value their contributions. If you do this all year long, they are more likely to make an additional gift to your cause on #GivingTuesday.

Begin building a network of new donors by leveraging your existing donors. Encourage them to tell your story to other potential donors, or ask them for recommendations on who to contact. If someone is donating to your cause, and feeling good about it, they are happy to give you information about others who may be interested in joining you.

Connect with other organizations and community partners because, yes, there is power in numbers. Look at businesses and individuals you are associated with on a regular basis and give them the opportunity to partner with you on #GivingTuesday. In fact, many of them will do the heavy lifting for you by planning a local event with proceeds donated to your nonprofit on #GivingTuesday. Perhaps they already have a large following on social media, or an energetic staff that can push your message out further. Approach them with the reciprocation of telling the world about them in every post you make as well as referencing from your website for the following year. Who doesn’t want tons of free advertising along with looking like hometown heroes!

Launch your plan NOW.

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Examine your database of donors and analyze their giving patterns. Make personal contact with large donors on a regular basis by relating success stories or letting them know the impact their donation made for your cause. Consider investing in donor software in order to see the results you need.

Appoint a committee or individual to start devising strategies, designing images and graphics, writing copy for website and all social media platforms, update all of your platforms with current information, and construct your strategies. Don’t wait until November and then wonder why you didn’t reach your goals.

Research case studies and the success of other organizations, find out what tipped the scales for them and incorporate in your own plan. Sign up for newsletters and attend webinars to learn some of the latest successful strategies. My favorite go to resource has been Nonprofit Tech for Good for the best in original and curated content.

Send a consistent email newsletter to everyone associated with your organization; board members, volunteers, donors, and all interested parties. Tell your story through consistent blog posts and keep everyone abreast of your successes along with your immediate and longterm needs.

The bottom line is communication with donors, staff, and community is key to the success of any fundraising campaign, and even moreso for #GivingTuesday.

Tell your story and share it with others who will perpetuate your message and join you on your mission.

UPDATE: After writing and sharing this article I found something I felt I needed to include that I ran into on Twitter from Cureo.Com:

A Philanthropic Millionaire’s Rant

The rant:

“Oh my goodness…don’t get me started! I just received my annual call from these guys — I let it go to voicemail. I give a six figure donation to these guys every year. I don’t need to hear how important their organization is — how I’m one of their largest donors. I’ve already won every award they can give out at their annual meeting.

My question is, where have they been all year? What have they done? Where did they put my money to work? Did they move the needle at all? They never ask me to help in ways that don’t involve a check? I know, I’m not going to volunteer at their race, but I’m sure there are other opportunities for me to help!

And believe me, I have offered a number of times. I’ve asked for more frequent, and more relevant data. Maybe I can make new connections. Maybe I can assemble a volunteer team of some of my super talented staff to riff on a problem or deliver a solution of some kind — in areas of marketing, HR, capital projects, operational expansion — whatever!

I guess I feel disconnected and under-utilized. The information they give me each year is overproduced, one-size-fits-all, glossy paper, professional pictures — you know the routine! How much of my money did they spend to produce that?

The irony is, I might be willing to give them a lot more money if I had a better sense of things — if I were just a little more intimately connected — and if it wasn’t like pulling teeth to pull this stuff out of them!”

The reality is most donors never say anything, they just withdraw their giving and go elsewhere. There are too many organizations who want and need contributions, how are you treating those who are already giving to you?


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