All posts tagged: Crime Victims

Shattered Lives Radio, Donna R. Gore, LadyJustice

Shattered Lives: Victim Assistance Program

Shattered Lives Radio and host, Donna R. Gore, are proud to present yet another valuable resource and information for listeners. An in-depth look at victim services will be the topic of the show, relating the expansion of services for victims of crime and violence. As Executive Director of Victim Assistance Program, Leanne Graham sees herself as a leader of the “second generation mass,” carrying the tradition of those who pioneered the victims’ rights movement in the 1970’s. Coming from a family with backgrounds in various areas of the criminal justice system, Graham has been exposed to its diversity, as well as it’s needs. When she moved to the Akron, Ohio area in 2002, her first job was at the Victim Assistance Program. To expand her skills, she began working with victims through her employment with the Battered Women’s Shelter and Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina Counties. Victim Assistance Program, established in 1972, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is “to empower the community to restore lives impacted by crisis, violence and tragedy. They assist over 6,000 Summit …

Attorney Michelle S. Cruz, ImaginePublicity

Attorney Michelle Cruz Keynote Speaker at NCVAN Training Conference in North Carolina

Attendees of the annual North Carolina Victim Assistance Network Conference will learn about the key elements to responding to mass victimization from keynote speaker, Attorney Michelle S. Cruz and her presentation, “Victim Services and Needs in Mass Tragedies.” In our time we have seen numerous mass tragedies occur, in our cities, in our schools, movie theaters, they can happen anywhere at any time, killing and injuring hundreds or thousands very quickly.  How we respond to the needs of the victims in these catastrophes is paramount to their healing and ability to overcome the trauma endured. Attorney Michelle Cruz was the State Victim Advocate of Connecticut at the time of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting where 26 people, 20 of whom were children, lost their lives.  The  response of her office for the surviving victims and families was to gather information and compile data from agencies across the country and funnel volunteers to help the victims. Unfortunately, her tenure in office expired before being able to insure that donated funds for the victims’ families were properly disbursed. Cruz …

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Shattered Lives with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice:” Andrew Norton, How the Legislature Works

SHATTERED LIVES with Donna R. Gore, “LadyJustice” Examining the effects of those who have survived violent crime and how it has impacted their lives. Real people, real tragedy, real help. Saturdays at 5pm ET Listen LIVE:  CLICK HERE Often victims and survivors of crime become treasured activists in making legislative changes based upon their own tragic experiences.  However, most have no idea how to go about making those changes and getting them passed into law.  Joining the show is Andrew Norton who will discuss recent changes in the state of Connecticut and how they came about. We will also discuss specifics about the judiciary system and what happens next after a law is successfully passed. Since January of 2007, Andrew Norton has worked as the Legislative and Legal Affairs Director for BESB, the Board of Education and Services for the Blind, Connecticut’s agency dedicated to serving the blind and our nation’s oldest such agency. BESB is now part of the Bureau of Rehabilitative Services, a new state agency created in July of 2011. Andrew has also served on …

Save The Date: “The Many Faces of Survivors” Melanie Rieger Memorial Conference

SAVE THE DATE The 15th Annual Melanie Ilene Rieger Memorial Conference: June 22-23, 2011 Central Connecticut State University 1615 Stanley Street New Britain, CT 06050 THEME: “The Many Faces of Survivors” Among scheduled speakers are: Robert Bryant: Presenting “All For One & One For All: Buildings Safer Communities for Children” RACHEL LLOYD: Speaking on “American Victims of Sex Trafficking” CHIP ST. CLAIR: “The Butterfly Garden: Using Art & Music to Heal Abused & Neglected Children” Many national & state crime victims and survivors will speak on their tragedies and how they survived to accomplish some amazing deeds in support of other crime victims & survivors. Projected Audience: social workers, educators & students, crime victims, advocates and those in correction, law enforcement and criminal justice. REGISTRATION FORMS: will be mailed late March, early April. Registration forms will be available on this website as well. CEU’s and CEC’s will be awarded. ** If you are on our mailing list, it is not necessary for you to contact us ** FOR INFORMATION: Contact Dr. Sam Rieger through the contact form FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE …