VOICES is proud to host its 21st Annual Remembrance Symposium, Pathways to Resilience on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 at the Downtown Marriott Hotel in New York City.
This year’s program is presented in partnership with the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Alumni Association (LinCT-AA) and the International Network Supporting Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (INVICTM). The two-day event brings together distinguished professionals working in national security, law enforcement, victims’ services, mental health, compensation, and investigations in the aftermath of 9/11, as well as other international acts of mass violence.
Please note: For attendance at the Symposium, VOICES will comply with all current COVID-19 mask mandates and health protocols as per the New York Marriott Downtown and New York City / CDC guidelines.
The September 9 program is available via live stream only, and the September 10 program is available in-person and via live stream. The programs are free and registration is required.
September 9 Symposium
9:00am to 4:30pm (Live Stream Only)
Building Trust During Turbulent Times highlights the important collaboration between LinCT-AA, INVICTM and VOICES. Building upon LinCT-AA’s 2022 Better Together Conference, presenters will share their expertise based on firsthand experience, identify challenges, and propose solutions through public-private partnerships, in the US and abroad. The agenda includes presentations on global threats, legacy projects, victim-centered response, leadership strategies, and more.
8:00am - 9:00am
9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome & Presentation of Colors
Welcome remarks by Mary Fetchet and representatives of our partner organizations, Sue O'Sullivan and James Ramer. Presentation of Colors by the New York Police Department Honor Guard.
Mary Fetchet – Voices Center for Resilience, Executive Director, INVICTM, Founding Member
Sue O’Sullivan – INVICTM, Chair and LINCT-AA Executive Advisory Board
James Ramer – LinCT-AA, President
9:15am - 9:45am
Building Trust in Turbulent Times
We are pleased that Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence for the NYPD (Ret.) John Miller will provide keynote remarks on Building Trust During Turbulent Times. John’s decades of experience with investigations into potential terrorist activity, the collection of detailed intelligence, and the development of complex and effective strategies prior to potential terrorist attacks, lays the groundwork for the day’s program.
John Miller (Keynote) – Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism, NYPD (Ret.)
9:45am - 11:00am
Panel One – Understanding the Current Threat Environment
This panel brings together key experts who will provide an overview of the current threat environment. Panelists will highlight the importance of establishing public-private partnerships to ensure collaboration and an effective response.
Rich Esposito (Moderator) – New York Police Department ex NBC
Rebecca Weiner – Assistant Commissioner for Intelligence Bureau, NYPD
Dr. Sajjan Gohel – International Security Director, Asia-Pacific Foundation
Rich Stanek – Co-Founder, Public Safety Strategies Group, LLC.
11:00am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:30pm
Panel Two – Operation Kenova: A Framework for Legacy Investigations
Panelists will discuss Operation Kenova, an investigation into alleged states agents in Northern Ireland. From the onset, the leadership established a framework that integrated a victim centered approach in all aspects of the investigation, setting best practices for legacy investigations.
John Parkinson (Moderator) – Former UK Chief of Police
Jon Boutcher – Operation Kenova, Lead
Maria McDonald – INVICTM, Founding Member
12:30pm - 1:45pm
1:45pm - 3:00pm
Panel Three – Incorporating a Victim-Centered Approach: Lessons Learned
Victims’ advocates will share their personal and professional experience in responding to the needs of those impacted by tragedy, in the US and abroad. Panelists will highlight lessons learned in supporting victims’ families, survivors, responders and the community-at-large.
Sue O’Sullivan (Moderator) – INVICTM, Chair
An Verelst – Psychosocial Manager, Belgian Public Health
Pauline Okroglic – Legal Officer, Victim Support and European Affairs, France Victimes
Mary Fetchet – Voices Center for Resilience, Executive Director, INVICTM Founding Member
3:00pm - 4:15pm
Panel Four – Leadership in the Aftermath of Mass Tragedy
Leadership is critical in the aftermath of a tragedy. In this session panelists will share lessons learned in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Las Vegas and other tragedies. The discussion will provide today’s leaders with important considerations to help prepare them face new challenges.
Heather Cartwright (Moderator) – Director, Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, U.S. DOJ (Ret.)
Colonel Dan Stebbins – Colonel Connecticut State Police (Ret.)
Dean Haydon – Senior National Coordinator, UK Counter Terrorism Policing Network (Ret.)
Kevin McMahill – Incoming Clark County Sherriff, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff (Ret.)
4:15pm - 4:30pm
Leadership in Counterterrorism Alumni Association (LinCT-AA)
Since its inception in 2008, the LinCT-AA has brought together senior police and intelligence leaders from the “Five Eyes” – Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States - to promote personal and professional development, networking, exchange of good practices, and global thinking. LinCT-AA leaders continue to ensure that victims have been included in and considered as essential partners in the discussions and the work of the association.
The International Network Supporting Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (INVICTM)
Created in 2016, INVICTM brings together trusted experts dedicated to improving support for victims of terrorism and mass violence. The strength of INVICTM lies in the ability to share lessons learned, leverage the knowledge and expertise of its members and their networks, to influence change and turn research into action within our own countries and globally. The group of over 30 international members includes NGOs, law enforcement agencies, civil society members and other experts that provide information based upon their background, country and professional perspective.
9/11 Commission Documentary Discussion
9/11 Commission Discussion and Highlights of the Documentary, Are We Safer Today?
Friday, September 9 – 6:00pm to 7:15pm (Live Stream Only)
The September 9 Symposium is followed by an evening panel discussion about the 9/11 Commission and highlights of Are We Safer Today? The documentary chronicles the memories and observations of the 9/11 Commissioners on the largest investigation in US history that led to sweeping intelligence reforms. The conversation will include Governor Thomas Kean, Chair of the 9/11 Commission, and other key stakeholders as they reflect on our Nation’s progress towards implementing their recommendations as they commemorate twenty years since their formation.
Are We Safer Today? honors the 20th Anniversary of the formation of the 9/11 Commission, to be released this fall. In the documentary, members of the 9/11 Commission reunite to reflect on the largest investigation in U.S. history and to assess our nation’s progress over the last 20 years. Are We Safer Today? chronicles the memories and observations of four dozen of the leading officials who were part of the 9/11 Commission saga. The final recordings will be housed at the Library of Congress for future generations.
Additionally, the project will produce a civics curriculum and learning app in association with the Center for Representative Government at Indiana University (funded by the Library of Congress). An exclusive nine-episode podcast detailing insights from the staff who crafted the 9/11 Commission Report will also become available.
September 10 Symposium
9:00am to 4:30pm (In Person & Live Stream)
Support Beyond the 20th Anniversary addresses the many outstanding issues that continue to impact the 9/11 community more than 20 years later. Dedicated professionals who have committed their careers to serving the 9/11 community will share their expertise and provide important updates. Sessions highlight mental health considerations, commemoration, compensation, pending litigation and an introduction to new agency leadership. The program features lessons learned for professionals and agencies providing victims’ services and responding to other acts of mass violence.
VOICES: Stories of Resilience
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and Compensation Programs
Private Meeting for 9/11 Families with the NYC OCME
Our VOICES Together: Peer-to-Peer Discussion Groups
Progress Report on September 11 Litigation
World Trade Center Health Program Update
Looking To the Future with Hope
Mental Health Considerations During Unpredictable Times