• 2014 Victim Rights Month Events

    Please mark your calendars for 2014 Victim Rights Month Events!  The Awards Ceremony will be held on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at the Massachusetts State House.  The Victim Rights Conference will be held on Friday April 25, 2014 at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston.  
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  • 2014 Victim Rights Month Award Recipients

    Congratulations to the following award recipients who will be recognized at the following events during Victim Rights Month!

    State House Awards Ceremony

    Date/Time: April 8, 2014; 9:00am - 11:00am
    Location: Massachusetts State House, Grand Staircase

    Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award
    Magi and John Bish, Molly Bish Foundation and Lifeguard Center

    Innovations Award
    Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance
    Laurie Myers, Community VOICES

    Public Policy Advocacy Award
    Virginia Marcheterre

    Legislator of the Year
    Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo

    Access to Justice Award
    Heidi Sue LeBeouf, Pathways for Change
    Gail E. Bobin, Hilltown Safety at Home

    Victim Rights Conference

    Date/Time: April 25, 2014; 8:30am - 3:00pm 
    Location: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston 

    Special Recognition Award
    Marivelle Crespo, Boston Police Department

    Advocate of the Year
    Clare Namugga, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
    Diane E. Coffey, Massachusetts Parole Board

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  • 2014 Victim Rights Month Awards Ceremony

    The 2014 Victim Rights Month Award Ceremony will take place on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at the Grand Staircase in the Massachusetts State House.  This event will serve as an opportunity to honor individual survivors and providers and highlight successful legislative achievements that have impacted victims and survivors over the past year.

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    9:00-9:30     Networking/Seating/Light Refreshments at Grand Staircase
    9:30-9:35     Call to Order and Welcome
        Attorney General Martha Coakley
    9:35-9:50     Remarks by Executive Director/Proclamation of Victim Rights Month
        Liam Lowney, MOVA Executive Director
    9:50-10:05     Recognition of Family Assistance Center in Response to Boston Marathon bombing
    10:05-10:15   Presentation of Awards
        Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award
        Magi and John Bish, Molly Bish Foundation and Lifeguard Center

        Legislator of the Year
        Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo
    10:15-10:25     Recognition of Mintz-Levin/Paul Poth Scholars
        Attorneys Sue Finegan & Adam Sisitsky, Mintz Levin
    10:25-10:50     Presentation of Awards
        Innovations Award  
        Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Health Alliance
        Laurie Myers, Community Voices

        Public Policy Advocacy Award
        Virginia Marcheterre

        Access to Justice Award
        Heidi Sue LeBoeuf, Pathways for Change, Inc
        Gail E. Bobin, Hilltown Safety at Home
    10:50-11:00 Closing Remarks

  • 2014 Victim Rights Conference

    In honor of Victim Rights Month in Massachusetts and National Crime Victims Rights Week, the Victim and Witness Assistance Board and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is pleased to announce the 2014 Victim Rights Conference.  Registration is required and NOW CLOSED.  

    Cost:  There is no cost for this conference.  
    A light continental breakfast will be served.  Time will be allotted to lunch on your own.  Listing of area restaurants will be provided upon arrival.  Attendees may also bring their own lunch.  Light refreshments will be available during the break.  
    Directions and Parking:  Parking is available at the Seaport World Trade Center and multiple lots near the venue.  Pricing varies depending on the lot.  For directions, please visit http://www.seaportboston.com/maps-and-location.aspx
    For other accommodations:
    Please contact Nicole Miozza, Outreach and Training Coordinator at (617) 586-1348 or Nicole.Miozza@state.ma.us


    8:30am - 9:00am:      Check-in, Exhibits and Continental Breakfast
    9:00am - 10:50am:    Morning Program

        Call to Order and Welcome: Attorney General Martha Coakley
        Opening Remarks: Liam Lowney, MOVA's Executive Director
        Victim & Witness Assistance Board Presentation of Awards:  
             Special Recognition Award for Activism and Advocate of the Year
        Length of Service Recognition
        Morning Presentation: Mary Fetchete, LCSW, Voices of September 11, Founding Director

    Mary Fetchet co-founded Voices of September 11th (VOICES) following the death of her 24 year old son Brad on 9/11.  Her unique background as a mother of a victim, along with 20 years of expertise as a clinical social worker, influenced VOICES innovative approach to creating a new paradigm in providing long-term support services for victim's families and survivors.  Today, Ms. Fetchet is establishing VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience, to share lessons learned with communities impacted by acts of mass violence and natural disasters.   

    A strong advocate for victim's families and public policy forums, she was instrumental in campaigning for the 9/11 Commission and testified before Congress on five occasions.  Her work as brought substantial recognition including induction into the Hall of Fame at Columbia University School of Social Work, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Making a Difference, "Connecticut's Most Uncommon Women" Award and ABC News Person of the Year.

    10:50am - 11:00am:   Break
    11:00am - 12:30pm:  Workshop Session 1
    12:30pm - 1:30pm:    Lunch - on your own.  Light refreshments will be served
    1:30pm - 3:00pm:      Workshop Session 2
    3:00pm:                     Conference Adjourns

    Workshop Descriptions

    Serving Individuals Impacted by Violence in Urban Communities
    This workshop will explore serving individuals impacted by various forms of violence in urban communities. It will highlight how the relationship between the individual and community can be both a positive and negative influence in the aftermath of crime. Through their own experience speakers will illustrate the importance of collective responses to prevent future instances of violence, and other negative outcomes, that are survivor driven and informed.  Attendees will learn about innovative, culturally appropriate responses to traumatic exposure in urban communities and how the lessons learned from these initiatives can be used in other communities.

    Transforming Violence through Creative Engagement and Trauma Informed Art Making
    This workshop will consider the ways in which artistic engagement may offer to survivors, advocates and therapists new avenues of both personal healing and collective action to overcome the impact of violence and to mobilize resilient capacities. The presenters will describe three trauma-informed arts interventions and consider how these interventions may be offered in clinical and/or community settings. The interventions to be discussed are: (1) Sourcing ones Creativity through Mindfulness and Mindful Movement (2) Theater as a Communal Vehicle for Sharing Stories and Bearing Witness, and (3) Perspectives: Transforming Violence Through Mindful Art-Making. The workshop will include a lively exchange among panelists and workshop participants, as well as opportunities for attendees to practice one or more art-making activity if they choose. No previous art making experience is needed.
    Innovative Solutions to Responding to Children's Grief
    This workshop will highlight innovative programs and advocacy efforts made to address needs and provide services for children who are grieving including children who are homicide survivors. Panelists will provide insight into the experience of children who are grieving and illustrate creative ways in which they were able to address needs through services that were survivor driven and informed.

    30 Years of Victim Rights: A Conversation with Victim Witness Advocates
    This workshop will provide an opportunity to hear from victim witness advocates who have been working in the criminal justice system since the Victim Bill of Rights was first implemented.   Through their own experience panelists will discuss how to stay in the work as an advocate, and build a career in victim services. Panelists will also reflect on the past, present and future of the victim rights movement, role of victims, community, and the criminal justice system as a whole. This workshop will also explore ways of continuing to guide the victim rights movement forward and involving new generations of providers and survivors in those efforts.