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VOICES 21st Annual Remembrance Symposium

 
 
 
VOICES 21st Annual
Remembrance Symposium
 
September 9 and 10, 2022
 
New York Marriott Downtown
85 West Street, New York City
 
On September 9 and 10 VOICES hosted its 21st Annual Remembrance Symposium. As we reflect on the event, we want to recognize those who contributed to making it a success. It was a special privilege to partner this year with LinCT-AA and INVICTIM, two groups of dedicated professionals who eagerly traveled from far and wide to join us.
 
We are especially grateful to our generous sponsors and presenters who made the event possible and to the individuals from 25 states and 16 countries who joined us in person and online.
 
This year we were honored to recognize four individuals who have made significant contributions, including Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of the Department of Homeland Security; John Miller, former NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence; Alice Greenwald, President & CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum; and Dr. Barbara Sampson, former NYC Chief Medical Examiner.
 
A highlight of the program included, 9/11 Commission Chairman, Governor Tom Kean and other key stakeholders who were joined by Executive Producer, Bob Massie for a discussion reflecting on its formation and highlights of the soon-to-be released documentary, Are We Safer Today?
 
It was also a special honor to introduce Elizabeth Hillman, the incoming President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Dr. Jason Graham, NYC Chief Medical Examiner and Dr. August Flentje, acting VCF Special Master.
 
We extend our appreciation to our friends from the soon-to-open Performing Arts Center (PAC). Bill Rauch, Artistic Director and Jenna Chrisphonte, Director of Civic Alliances, offered an overview of the PAC. A special performance was a wonderful way to end VOICES 21st Annual Remembrance Symposium.
 
The Symposium was recorded and the presentations will be available online in the coming weeks. In the meantime, enjoy the slide show of photographs from the event. Thank you to our sponsors, staff, and speakers who made VOICES 21st Annual Symposium a great success.
 
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.
 

Our Presenters

Lead Operation Kenova
 
Director, DOJ/OVT (Ret.)
 
New York Police Department ex NBC
 
Founding Director, Voices Center for Resilience
 
International Security Director, Asia-Pacific Foundation
 
Senior Coordinator, UK Counter Terrorism Policing (Ret.)
 
Founding Member, INVICTM
 
Incoming Clark County Sheriff, LVMPD Undersheriff
 
NYPD Deputy Commissioner, Intelligence & CT (Ret.)
 
Legal Officer, VSE Affairs, France Victimes
 
Chair INVICTM, LINCT-AA Executive Advisory Board
 
Former UK Chief of Police
 
Chief, Toronto Police Service
 
Co-Founder, Public Safety Strategies Group, LLC.
 
Colonel Connecticut State Police (Ret.)
 
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, IACP
 
Assistant Commissioner for Intelligence Analysis
 
Psychosocial Manager, Belgian Public Health
 
 

September 9 Schedule

 
8:00am - 9:00am
 
Registration
 
 
9:00am - 9:15am | View Presentation
 
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 | View Presentation
 
Keynote Address: Building Trust in Turbulent Times
 
John Miller (Keynote) – Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism, NYPD (Ret.)
 
We are pleased that John Miller, Former Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence for the New York Police Department, 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.
 
Special Remarks
 
Vincent Talucci – Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Chiefs of Police
 
 
9:45am - 11:00am | View Presentation
 
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
 
Break
 
 
11:30am - 12:30pm | View Presentation
 
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 - 1:30pm
 
Lunch/Networking
 
 
1:30pm - 2:45pm | View Presentation
 
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
 
 
2:45pm - 4:00pm | View Presentation
 
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 to 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 Sheriff, LVMPD Undersheriff
 
 
4:00pm
 
Closing Reflections
 
 
4:00pm – 5:00pm
 
Reception
 
 
5:00pm - 5:15pm | View Presentation
 
Honored Guest
 
We will be joined by our special guest, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas. He will be giving remarks prior to the launch of our evening panel.
 
Alejandro Mayorkas – Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
 
 
5:15pm – 6:30pm | View Presentation
 
9/11 Commission Documentary Discussion
Highlights of the Documentary, Are We Safer Today?
 
Thomas H Kean – Former Governor of New Jersey, Chairman of 9/11 Commission
Philip Zelikow – White Burkett Miller Professor of History, University of Virginia
Barbara A. Grewe – Senior Principal for International Strategy and Policy, MITRE
Robert Massie – Senior Principal for International Strategy and Policy, MITRE
Mary Fetchet – Founding Director, Voices Center for Resilience
 
 
 

Presentation Videos

 

Our Partners

 
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.
 

About Our Presenters

September 9 Evening Program
 
5:00pm to 6:30pm
 
The September 9 program is accessible to all via live stream broadcast. Registration is required to receive the link.
In person attendance is by invitation only. Contact our office with questions.
 
 
Honored Guest
 
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
 
We are honored that Secretary Mayorkas is joining us to provide opening remarks for our evening program.
9/11 Commission Documentary Discussion
 
9/11 Commission Discussion and Highlights of the Documentary, Are We Safer Today?
 
The September 9 Symposium was 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 included 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.
 

Our Presenters

Former Governor of New Jersey, Chairman of 9/11 Commission
 
White Burkett Miller Professor of History, University of Virginia
 
Senior Principal for International Strategy and Policy, MITRE
 
Founder and CEO, Naptown Media, Inc.
 
Founding Director, Voices Center for Resilience
 
 

About the Documentary

 
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.
 

Our Presenters

Partner, Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson
 
President, IAGP
 
NYS Workers’ Compensation Board
 
Director of Civic Alliances, The Ronald O. Perelman PAC
 
Deputy Director, WTC Health Program
 
Managing Attorney, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C.
 
Assistant Director, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
 
Voices Center for Resilience
 
Member Attorney, Motley Rice LLC
 
Founder, The FealGood Foundation
 
Founding Director, Voices Center for Resilience
 
Special Master, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
 

Carl Gajewski
Criminalist, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
 
9/11 Family Member
 
Public Affairs Specialist, WTC Health Program
 
Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
 
President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
 
Senior Counsel, Motley Rice LLC
 
Incoming President and CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
 
Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler
 
Managing Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler LLP
 
Voices Center for Resilience
 
VCF Deputy Special Master
 
Seasoned Clinical Psychologist
 
Partner, Turken, Heath & McCauley
 
Lead WTC Anthropologist
 
9/11 Survivor
 
Artistic Director, The Ronald O. Perelman PAC
 
Former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
 
9/11 Family Member
 
National Chair, 9/11 Families United
 
Director, V-Europe Association
 
Doctoral Program Committee Chair, Kean University
 
 

September 10 Schedule

 
8:00am - 9:00am
 
Registration
 
 
9:00am - 9:15am
 
Welcome & Candle Lighting Service
 
 
9:15am - 10:15am
 
VOICES: Stories of Resilience
Victims’ family members, responders and survivors will share their stories – demonstrating the challenges they have faced and the strength and resilience that led to personal growth.
 
Philippe Vansteenkiste - Director, V-Europe Association
Anne-Marie Principe - 9/11 Survivor
Fred Starr - 9/11 Family Member
Deborah Garcia - 9/11 Family Member
FDNY Family Assistance Representative
 
 
10:15am - 11:15am
 
Mental Health Considerations During Unpredictable Times
 
The panel of experienced clinicians will discuss mental health considerations – including loss and grief, the experience of trauma, PTSD, and suicide ideation, as well as addressing stigma related to mental health conditions and establishing effective coping skills.
 
Virginia Dwyer-Aoyama (Moderator) – Voices Center for Resilience
Jane Webber – Doctoral Program Committee Chair, Kean University
Richard Beck – President, International Association for Group Psychotherapy & Group Processes
Leo Leiderman – Seasoned Clinical Psychologist
 
 
10:15am - 11:15am
 
World Trade Center Health Program Update
 
Representatives from the CDC/World Trade Center Health Program will provide information for those who wish to learn more about the WTC Health Program’s distinct mission, eligibility criteria, enrollment process, the new Health Effects of 9/11 online exhibition, and updates on the Nationwide Provider Network (NPN) and Pharmacy Benefits Manager (PBM) transitions. VOICES staff will share insights into the challenges responders and survivors are experiencing.
 
Stephanie Landau (Moderator) – Voices Center for Resilience
Lauren Cimineri – Deputy Director for Health Plan Operations, WTC Health Program
Anthony Gardner – Public Affairs Specialist, WTC Health Program
 
 
11:15am - 11:30am
 
Break
 
 
11:30am - 12:45pm
 
9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and Compensation Programs
 
The panel will begin with an introduction to the newly appointed interim Special Master, August Flentje. Stefanie Langsam will provide an update on the VCF case status, followed by a panel discussion by the dedicated attorneys who are addressing client needs.
 
Matt McCauley (Moderator) – Partner, Turken, Heath & McCauley
August Flentje – Special Master, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Michael Barasch – Partner, Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson
Joseph Cavalcante – NYS Workers’ Compensation Board
John Dearie – Managing Attorney, The Dearie Law Firm
John Feal – Founder, The FealGood Foundation
Noah Kushlefsky – Managing Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler
Stefanie Langsam – VCF Deputy Special Master
 
 
11:30am - 12:45pm
 
Private Meeting for 9/11 Families with the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
 
Dr. Jason Graham, the newly appointed Chief Medical Examiner of NYC and his staff will meet privately with 9/11 family members to update them on the OCME’s continued efforts to identify 9/11 victims.
 
Jason Graham – Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
Mark Desire – Assistant Director, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Carl Gajewski – Criminalist, NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
Jennifer Odien – Lead WTC Anthropologist
 
 
12:45pm - 2:00pm
 
Lunch/Networking
 
 
2:00pm - 3:15pm
 
Progress Report on September 11 Litigation
 
The legal counsel representing 9/11 families will provide an update on the progress of the September 11 litigation, including the Saudi and Iran lawsuits, and the catch up payment on the US Victim of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund. 9/11 family member, Terry Strada, will discuss her advocacy efforts.
 
Robert Haefele – Senior Counsel, Motley Rice
Jim Kreindler – Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler
John M. Eubanks – Member Attorney, Motley Rice
Terry Strada – National Chair, 9/11 Families United
 
 
2:00pm - 3:15pm
 
Roundtable Discussion for Service Providers
 
This session will provide an opportunity for victims’ advocates, mental health professionals, and others providing support to the 9/11 Community and other communities impacted by mass violence, to gather and share experiences and resources.
 
Virginia Dwyer-Aoyama (Moderator) – Voices Center for Resilience
Jane Webber – Doctoral Program Committee Chair, Kean University
Richard Beck – President, International Association for Group Psychotherapy & Group Processes
Leo Leiderman – Seasoned Clinical Psychologist
 
 
3:15pm - 4:15pm
 
Looking Beyond the 20th Anniversary
 
The Anniversary is a time for reflecting on the past and looking ahead to the future with hope. The conversation will highlight the work of Alice Greenwald and Dr. Barbara Sampson, who dedicated their careers in their respective fields to serving the 9/11 community. We will look ahead by introducing Dr. Graham, the newly appointed Chief Medical Examiner and representatives from the soon-to-open Ronald O. Perelman Performing Art Center.
 
Elizabeth L. Hillman – Incoming President and CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Alice Greenwald – President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Barbara Sampson – Former Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
Jason Graham – Chief Medical Examiner of New York City
Jenna Chrisphonte – Director of Civic Alliances, The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts
Bill Rauch – Artistic Director, The Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts
 
 
4:15pm - 4:30pm
 
Closing
 
 
 

About Our Presenters

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