2014 National Training Institute
The National Center for Victims of Crime 2014 National Training Institute, September 17-19, will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Miami in Miami, Florida
How do We Work Together to End Mass Violence:
It seems every week brings news of another mass violence incident. Join us for this thoughtful plenary, as a survivor leads us in considering our immediate response and long term solutions. Learn about new developments in law enforcement strategies, public health approaches, and the victim service response to mass violence.
The Impact of Civil Windows:
Four states have created “civil windows” which allow victims of child sex abuse to file civil lawsuits for a limited amount of time, even if the civil statute of limitations had expired. Our speakers will explore the impact of civil windows in Minnesota and Delaware.
Jennifer Haselberger, is the former Chancellor for Canonical Affairs for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, who resigned in April of 2013 in protest of the Archdiocese’s handling of sexual misconduct by clergy. She will speak on why the Catholic Church should support civil windows and how canon law, as well as the theology of the Church, supports and at times requires the adoption of similar principles when adjudicating grave crimes such as the sexual abuse of minors.
Greg Kelly is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse who filed a lawsuit against his abuser under Delaware’s civil window statute. He struggled to find an attorney to represent him because his abuser was a sitting Delaware judge, who had never been publicly accused of misconduct. Greg and his courageous attorney, Brian Kent, will share the amazing story of the challenges they encountered in their efforts to prove the case in the face of a skeptical and often hostile legal establishment. This case underscores the ability of civil windows to identify and expose perpetrators who have managed to slip through the cracks for decades. Their inspiring experience will renew your faith in the rule of law, and the powerful potential it offers to provide victims with Justice and accountability.
Elder Financial Abuse in the family: the Brooke Astor Case:
Elder financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect can happen to anyone, and is often perpetrated by family members and caregivers. The victim may be isolated from loved ones or vulnerable because of mental impairment. It was intervention from a grandson that helped stop the exploitation of Brooke Astor, beloved New York City philanthropist, by her son Anthony Marshall and an attorney, Francis Morrissey. Join the National Center in a forum in which Liz Loewy, former Chief of the Elder Abuse Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Phillip Marshall, the late Brooke Astor’s grandson, and Meryl Gordon, author of the book, “Mrs. Astor Regrets,” talk about the elder financial abuse that occurred within the family, behind closed doors, and the trial that brought her son to justice.
DNA: The 21st Century Tool for Solving the Unsolvable Crimes:
Learn from DNA experts and survivors of crime about the power of forensic DNA. Participants will hear one mother’s story of how her daughter's killer was brought to justice after three decades through DNA testing. A sexual assault survivor will also share her story about having her rape kit tested as part of a project to address untested sexual assault kits in one community. Their personal stories highlight the importance of maximizing the potential of DNA technology to solve crimes and bring answers to victims.