TOPEKA – (April 9, 2018) – Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer and Attorney General Derek Schmidt will host the 21st Annual Crime Victims Rights Conference on April 11-12, 2018, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Maner Conference 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 effective response, resources and support services for victims of crime.
“Victims and survivors of crime across Kansas need and deserve our support and assistance to help them cope with the often-devastating consequences of crime,” Governor Colyer said. These survivors show a strength and bravery that should be emulated by all of us. We are very grateful for those advocates who have dedicated their lives to helping these victims and survivors.”
Attorney General Schmidt said the conference provides important support and recognition for those who provide support to victims of crime.
“The conference recognizes the dedicated crime victim service professionals and volunteers who work tirelessly for all crime victims in Kansas," Schmidt said.
This year’s theme, “Expand the Circle, Reach all Victims”, emphasizes the importance of inclusion in victim services. The theme addresses how the crime victims field can better ensure that every crime victim has access to services and support and how professionals, organizations, and communities can work in tandem to reach all victims.
This year’s conference includes 46 workshops and four keynote presentations to provide professional development. Keynote speakers are:
- Paul Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney and Head of Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit, San Diego, California
- Jenna Quinn, M.S., Survivor behind “Jenna’s Law”, Dallas, Texas
- Aldo Seoane, Co-Founder of Wica Agli, Mission, South Dakota
- Angelyn Bayless, Project Coordinator of CEASE Network, Phoenix, Arizona
Governor Colyer will open the conference with a video address to attendees on Wednesday, April 11 at 8:15 a.m.
Attorney General Schmidt will present the annual awards at the luncheon on Thursday, April 12 at 12:05 p.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 Children’s Service League, Sunflower Health Plan, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Sheriff’s Association, Kansas Highway Patrol, Appriss, Inc.