VOICES Resiliency Symposium and Information Forum
VOICES hosted our Annual Resiliency Symposium and Information Forum on September 9 and 10 in New York City. The two-day event included presentations, panel discussion and workshops by leading experts who shared their expertise along with updates on available resources. This year we were honored to have a delegation from Canada in attendance, along with representatives from organizations working in the United States and abroad.
As in years past, representatives from the World Trade Center Health Program provided updates on treatment for medical and mental health conditions. Legal experts and victims' advocates discussed victim compensation programs and progress made on the September 11th litigation. Clinicians with decades of professional experience shared their expertise about mental health treatment, while providing tools to build strength and resiliency.
The annual events provided an opportunity for the 9/11 community - families, responders and survivors to share personal testimonies, participate in peer-to-peer roundtable discussions and reconnect with each other in advance of the anniversary. The sharing of information between those impacted, service providers and researchers also ensures lessons learned are incorporated into a victim-centered approach when responding to other acts of mass violence.
A very special thank you to our sponsors - Motley Rice; Turken, Heath and McCauley; Kreindler & Kreindler; the FealGood Foundation and Barasch & McGarry whose generosity made our annual events possible. Thanks to the dozens of individuals who contributed to the program, including our presenters and volunteers from Goldman Sachs and National Debt Relief.