21st Annual Symposium | September 9
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.
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.
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. The program is free and registration is required.
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
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.