TOPEKA – (April 12, 2016) – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt will host the 19th Annual Crime Victims Rights Conference on April 13th and 14th, 2016, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka.
This event brings together law enforcement, prosecutors, victims’ advocates, social service providers, health care professionals, crime victims and other interested parties to learn about resources and support services for victims of crime.
“Those gathered at this conference regularly give of themselves as they serve crime victims. This platform allows those on the front lines to engage with fellow workers as they learn how to best help those in need,” Governor Brownback said.
This year’s theme, “Serving Victims. Building Trust. Restoring Hope.”, highlights the need to provide services and support to build trust in assisting crime victims and empower them in the healing process. Cultivating a victim-centered, multi-disciplinary response to crime is an important part of victim restoration.
“The conference recognizes the dedicated crime victim service professionals and volunteers who work tirelessly for all crime victims in Kansas and informs them of new research and practices to improve effectiveness,” Attorney General Schmidt said.
This year’s conference includes 32 workshops and five keynote presentations to provide professional development. Keynote speakers are:
- Meg Garvin, National Crime Victim Law Institute, Portland, Ore.
- Dennis Shepard, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Denver
- Russell Strand, Behavioral Sciences Education and Training Division, United States Army, Military Police School, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.
- Kevin Mulcahy, U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Michigan, Detroit
- Steve Siegel, Special Programs Unit, Denver District Attorney’s Office, Colorado; Nancy Lewis, Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance
Governor Brownback will provide pre-recorded opening remarks on Wednesday, April 13 at 8:15 a.m.
Attorney General Schmidt will present the annual awards at the luncheon on Thursday, April 14 at 11:15 a.m.
Conference sponsors include; Kansas Governor’s Office, Kansas Attorney General’s Office, Kansas Department for Children and Families, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Sunflower Health Plan, Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, Kansas Sheriff’s Association, Kansas Highway Patrol, Appriss, Inc., Lyon County Attorney’s Office, Voice Products, Inc.