August 22, 2014

Dear Families and Friends,

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the last days of summer!

Our staff has been busy finalizing plans for our 13th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum. The theme of this year's conference is "Promoting Resilience, Healing Families and Communities," and we are excited to share the schedule with you today.

As you'll see, we've planned a program that provides information for everyone- 9/11 families, responders, survivors and service providers. We are grateful to our presenters who recognize the long-term needs of the 9/11 community, and will share their expertise on a wide range of relevant topics. I hope you will join us!

In the coming weeks we will provide additional information. In the meantime, visit our website at for an updated schedule, and be sure to Register Online.

P.S. As a reminder, the event will be held on Wednesday, September 10th at the Downtown Marriott Hotel, which is located at 85 West Street in NYC, just adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial.


Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff

Voices of September 11th
13th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum
Promoting Resilience, Healing Families & Communities
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Registration and Coffee*
9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mary Fetchet, LCSW - Founding Director, Voices of September 11th
9:15am - 10:15am
The Mental Health Aftermath of 9/11: The Multiple Facets of Trauma
Yuval Neria, Ph. D. - Columbia University Medical Center, Director of Trauma and PTSD Program
Katherine Shear, M.D. - Director of the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work
10:30am - 11:30am
The World Trade Center Health Program (responders and survivors)
Laurie Breyer - Director, NIOSH World Trade Center Health Program
Michael Crane, M.D. - Deputy Director of the Mount Sinai WTC Monitoring and Treatment Program
Jacqueline Moline, M.D. - Occupational Medicine Specialist, North Shore - LIJ Health System
Joan Reibman, M.D. - Medical Director of the Survivor Program | Bellevue Hospital
Promoting Resilience in Children and Families (9/11 families)
Mary Fetchet, LCSW - Founding Director, Voices of September 11th
Robin Goodman, Ph.D., ATR-BC - Executive Director of A Caring Hand, the Billy Esposito Foundation
Yuval Neria, Ph. D. - Columbia University Medical Center, Director of Trauma and PTSD Program
10:30am - 1:00pm
Introduction to Complicated Grief Treatment (training for professionals and service providers)
Katherine Shear, M.D. - Director of the Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia School of Social Work
Nancy Turret, LCSW, MSW - Therapist at the Center for Complicated Grief
11:30am - 12:15pm
Victim Compensation Fund and Ongoing Legal Considerations of the Zadroga Law (responders and survivors)
Michael Barasch, JD - Barasch, McGarry, Salzman & Penson
Sheila L. Birnbaum, JD - Special Master | September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Frances Gottfried - Director, New York Office, U.S. Department of Justice, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Noah H. Kushlesky, JD - Kreindler & Kreindler
Stories of Resilience and Healing (9/11 families)
Scarlett Lewis - Founder of Jesse Lewis Chose Love Foundation, Author of Nurturing Healing Love: A Mother's Journey of Hope & Forgiveness
Edie Lutnick, JD - Co-founder and President, Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, Author of An Unbroken Bond
12:15pm - 1:00pm
Lunch Break (on own)
1:00pm - 1:30pm
Update from the NYC Chief Medical Examiner's Office (9/11 families)
Barbara Sampson, M.D, Ph.D. - Acting Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ben Chevat - Executive Director of Citizens for Extension of the James Zadroga Act, Inc.
John Feal - Advocate, President and Founder FealGood Foundation
Jim Melius, M.D. - NYS Laborers Health and Safety Fund
1:30pm - 2:00pm
Advocacy Updates - 9/11 Commission, JASTA Legislation/ Guantanamo Trials (9/11 families)
Terry Strada - Wife of Thomas S. Strada, Co-chair 911 Families United Against Terrorism, Update on JASTA legislation
Carol Ashley - Mother of Janice, Family Steering Committee for 9/11 Independant Commission, Update on 9/11 Commission
Gordon Haberman - Father of Andre Lyn Haberman, National Air Disaster Alliance Foundation, Update on Guantanamo Trials
2:00pm - 2:30pm
George D. Martin
Author: Just Around the Bend - My Journey for 9/11, published September 2014, Retired Co-captain of the NY Giants Football Team and Super Bowl XXI Champion. Former president of the NFL Players Association and the NFL Alumni Association
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Coffee Break *
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Update from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Mary Fetchet, LCSW, Founding Director - Voices of September 11th, VOICES 9/11 Living Memorial
Alice M. Greenwald - Executive Vice President for Programs, Director of Memorial Museum
Jan Ramirez, Ph.D. - Chief Curator and Vice President of Collections for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
3:45pm - 5:00pm
Breath-Body-Mind Workshop
Richard Brown, M.D. - Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Chairman of the Board, Serving those Who Serve.
Pat Gerbarg, M.D. - Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at New York Medical College, Serving Those Who Serve Medical Advisor
5:00pm - Closing
911 Memorial & Museum Visit
Thank you to our sponsors:
Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson PC
Kreindler & Kreindler
For their generous sponsorship of today's refreshment breaks

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Voices of September 11th (VOICES) is a 501c3 nonpartisan organization that provides information and a wide range of support services to promote resiliency and address the long-term needs of all those affected by September 11th; commemorates the lives and stories of September 11, 2001; and advocates for public policy reform to promote national preparedness.  VOICES is committed to helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from traumatic events, by sharing lessons learned that will promote resiliency and healing in the lives of those impacted by other tragedies.