WICHITA – (April 22, 2011) – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt will host the 14th Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Conference on April 27-28, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and the Convention Hall in Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center in Wichita.
“It is an honor to host this valuable annual conference as we honor victims and survivors who are reshaping their futures after enduring unbelievable tragedies,” Governor Brownback said.
“The conference recognizes the dedicated crime victim service professionals and volunteers who work tirelessly for all crime victims in Kansas,” Attorney General Schmidt said. “We are grateful for their service and work to ensure that their voices and interests are respected as well as represented.”
This year’s theme, “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past.” reminds Kansans to pay tribute to the countless number of victims and survivors who found the strength to move forward with their lives after horrendous tragedies. These survivors have taught us how to establish comprehensive services. It also reminds us of the importance to take time to recognize and honor the countless professionals and volunteers who stand ready to help, offer support and provide guidance to crime victims.
This year’s conference includes 32 workshops and five keynote presentations to provide professional development. The keynote presentations will be held in the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. Keynote speakers are:
- Yvette Rodier, JD Staff Attorney, Utah Crime Victims Legal Clinic, Salt Lake City, Utah;
- Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune, Founder and Senior Analyst, FaithTrust Institute, Seattle, Washington;
- Major Marcus Bruning, Supervising Deputy Sheriff, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office, Duluth, Minnesota
- Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Agent, Communication Dynamics, Mission, Kansas;
- Timea Nagy, Author, Program Director, Walk With Me, Toronto, Ontario Canada;
- Karen Vadino, MSW, LPCC, OCPS II, Motivational Speaker, Humorist, Consultant, Youngstown, Ohio
Attorney General Schmidt will be the luncheon speaker on Thursday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m.
Additionally, Governor Brownback signed a proclamation declaring April 10-15, 2011 as Kansas Crime Victims’ Rights Week in recognition of the many criminal justice professionals, advocates and volunteers who provide services to crime victims every day in Kansas.