Press Release
For Immediate Release: September 12, 2017
Contact: Janice Mackey, (916) 491-3821
janice.mackey@victims.ca.gov
@helpingvictims

National Mass Violence Response Conference Reaches Full Capacity

Sacramento, CA — The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) announced today that its mass violence response conference, held from September 12–14, 2017 at the University of Oregon has reached full capacity.

This first-of-its-kind conference on the West Coast is uniting representatives from the East Coast to as far away as Hawaii and Alaska. Participants will hear from the nation’s leading experts on how best to prepare for mass casualty incidents, share lessons learned and provide guidance for building partnerships. Presentations on underserved crime victims will also be included in this unique and informative program.

“As a national leader in victim services, CalVCB understands the critical need for this conference and the complex road that victims of violence face. Our ‘Leave No Victim Behind’ theme resonates deeply for many,” said CalVCB Executive Officer Julie Nauman. “This conference will prepare states, counties, and cities, and help shape future approaches to mass casualty events.”

CalVCB has helped unite a experts from large scale mass violence events such as the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Florida, the Boston Marathon bombing in Massachusetts, the AME Church shooting in South Carolina, the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, the Virginia Tech rampage and others that will speak, lead discussions and share valuable information.

Keynote speakers include Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the Orlando Pulse Nightclub massacre and Cathie Ong-Herrera, sister of Betty Ann Ong, a flight attendant on one of the planes that hit the World Trade Center on September 11.

For additional information, please see the conference agenda on the University of Oregon website.

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The California Victim Compensation Board (CalVCB) provides compensation for victims of violent crime who are injured or threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, and vehicular manslaughter. Last fiscal year, the program received nearly 52,000 applications and provided over $53 million in compensation to crime victims.

If a person meets eligibility criteria, CalVCB will compensate many types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible expenses include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral expenses, rehabilitation and relocation. Funding for CalVCB comes from restitution fines and orders, penalty assessments levied on persons convicted of crimes, traffic offenses and federal funds.