1/30/06 An Invitation
I am posting this invitation and information here to reach other families of the missing and organization who may not be aware of the conference. Monica tells me attendance should top last year's and she also reports many new attendees.
If it is possible for families of the missing to attend, the information presented will be very valuable to them in dealing with their own loved one's case. You also cannot put a price tag on meeting other families who truly understand what it is like to lose someone in this way. I wish we could send some of the families we work for who cannot afford to go, but our small budget could never come close to allowing for that. Maybe someday......
Here is Monica's invitation:
The CUE Center for Missing Persons, a nonprofit volunteer organization in Wilmington, N.C., is organizing its second annual conference to bring together people from across the country whose shared goal is to find missing people, Identify and provide support to their families and loved ones.
This is the second time these groups and individuals will meet in North Carolina to network and to benefit from each other’s expertise. The conference will include a number of professional education lectures and discussions that will enhance all attendees’ ability to work more effectively on behalf of the missing.
I would personally like to invite you, or a representative of your organization, to attend this exciting and educational event. Among this year’s speakers and lecturers will be:
· Dr. Maurice Godwin “Solvability Factors in Child Abductions”
· James Dunn “Trail of Blood’ Author – Crime Scene Investigations
· Elena Pezzuto “Ceremony of Grief” : MSW, LCSW “Integrative Psychotherapy”
(There will be others, which will be announced at a later date.)
The conference will also feature workshops on DNA Technology, Forensic Art/Reconstruction, Scent/Search Technique, and Identification Process/UNID and more; which will help all of us learn the latest techniques for finding the missing. You may visit our website for daily updates at: www.ncmissingpersons.org, click on the button labeled conference.
Because our attendance estimates were surpassed last year, we anticipate great participation this year, and I encourage you to register early! The conference will be held March 24, 25 and 26 of 2006 in Wilmington, N.C.
We will assist you with shuttle service upon your arrival and departure of the airport and other events planned. Accommodations, materials and meals are include in you registration fee of $120.00 for the 3-day event. Attendees may depart from the conference upon it closing at 3:00 pm, March 26, 2006. If you remain over night for Sunday please contact our center for arrangements.
In addition to the conference, CUE Center will host its Annual National Candle Light Vigil on Saturday Night of the conference weekend; on the waterfront of downtown Wilmington, area. Hundreds of those who remain missing will be featured on the wall, scheduled to be unveiled. Among some of the special guest speakers and ceremony events are Kelly Jolkowski from Project Jason, NE, Robert Cooke representing Rachel Alert Network, TX. The program will also include area vocalist Mallory Malter and guest vocalist Jannel Rap from G.I.N.A., CA.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Advocates - Families of the Missing - Law Officials – Counselors - Groups/Agencies - Individuals who want to educate their communities concerning the missing – Search Volunteers/Groups - Organizations who work for the Missing or Unidentified.
WHERE - Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites 160 Van Campen Blvd. Wilmington, NC 28403
(Additional - Facility Usage Marriott Hotel) directly across the street
DATES – March 24, 25 & 26 of 2006
Fee: $120.00 includes all meals, accommodations, conference materials and certificates
OTHER – Shuttle service will be provided to attendees upon airport - arrival/departure and events.
I look forward to seeing you in March! In the meantime, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or ideas.
As we remain in search of the missing,