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VOICES Annual Remembrance Symposium


VOICES 2020 Virtual Annual Remembrance Symposium

VOICES symposium will feature presentations by leading experts in the fields of mental health, trauma, bereavement and resiliency, including issues that are important for the 9/11 community, as well as those working with communities impacted by other traumatic events.

This year we will honor the lives of NYPD Police Detective Lou Alvarez, and FDNY firefighter Ray Pfieffer, as representatives of the hundreds of 9/11 responders, who despite their 9/11 related illnesses, worked tireless to advocate for the permanent reauthorization of the Zadroga Act.

The event is free. Registration is required. Additional Speakers May Be Added


September 9, 2020
9:00am – 10:30am EST
Welcome + Keynote: Collective Trauma, Collective Fatigue
Mary Fetchet, LCSW – Executive Director, VOICES
Dr. Charles Figley, PhD – Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and Director of the Tulane University Traumatology Institute; Professor, Tulane School of Social Work
11:00am – 12:30pm EST
Grief, Loss and Pathways to Resilience
Stephen Cozza, MD – COL, U.S. Army Retired, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, Senior Scientist, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University
Christy Denckla, PhD – Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Broad Institute, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research
M. Katherine Shear MD – Director, Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
Providing Support and Promoting Resilience in Children and Families
Suzanne Phillips, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA – Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology, Long Island University; Faculty, Suffolk Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; Fellow, Board Member; Co-Chair of Community Outreach of the AGPA
Cynthia W. Moore, PhD – Associate Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center’s Marjorie E. Korff Parenting At a Challenging Time (PACT) Program; Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School.
Aude Henin, PhD – Co-Director, Child Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School
3:00pm – 4:30pm EST
Stories of Resilience: Giving VOICE to Victims’ Families, Responders and Survivors
A panel discussion with victims’ families, responders and survivors who have been impacted by acts of mass violence and other tragedies. Participants will share their personal experience and discuss how the traumatic event transformed their lives.
Fred Guttenberg – Father of Jaime Guttenberg, Parkland shooting, Author of “Finding the Helper”
Mayra Alvear - Mother of Amanda Alvear, Victim’s Liaison, onePULSE Foundation

September 10, 2020
9:00am – 10:30am EST
Welcome, Candle Lighting Ceremony, Honoring the Legacies of the 9/11 Responders who advocated for the permanent reauthorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Mary Fetchet, LCSW – Executive Director, VOICES
John Feal – Founder, The FealGood Foundation
Lainie Alvarez – Wife of Lou Alvarez, former NYPD Police Detective and 9/11 responder
Phil Alvarez – Brother of Lou Alvarez, former NYPD Police Detective and 9/11 responder
Caryn Pfeifer – Wife of Ray Pfeifer, former FDNY firefighter and 9/11 responder
11:00am – 12:30pm EST
Update on the Victims Compensation Fund and Other Compensation Programs
Matthew J. McCauley – Moderator – Partner, Turken, Heath & McCauley
Rupa Bhattacharyya - Special Master, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Joe Calvacante - Advocate for Injured Workers, NYS Workers’ Compensation Board
John P Dearie – Partner, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C.
Noah Kushlefsky – Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler
Michael Barash – Partner, Barasch, McGarry, Salzman, and Penson

Simultaneous presentations:
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
Progress Report on September 11th Litigations: Update on the Saudi Litigation and Iran Fund
Robert Haefele – Senior Counsel, Motley Rice LLC
John Eubanks - Member Attorney, Motley Rice LLC
Jim Kreindler – Partner, Kreindler & Kreindler
Brett Eagleson – Family Advocate, Son of John Eagleson
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST
World Trade Center Health Program: Treatment and Outreach Updates During COVID-19
Stephanie Landau - VOICES Project Manager
Michael Weiden, MS, MD - Associate Professor of Medicine and Environmental Medicine - Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Jacqueline Moline, MD - Professor, Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention - Northwell Health
James T. Ryder - Administrator, FealGood Foundation Outreach and Education, NYPD Ret., 9/11 DNA Database

3:00pm – 4:30pm EST
Commemorating the Lives and Documenting the Stories
Mary Fetchet – Executive Director, VOICES
Alice Greenwald – President & CEO, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
Robert Gray – Ride of Hope, Responder at the Pentagon
Jay Winuk – Co-founder and Executive Vice President of 9/11 Day
6:00 – 6:45pm EST
Join A Virtual Tour of the 9/11 Memorial
Join 9/11 Memorial staff for a 45-minute virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial plaza. Tour participants will learn about 9/11 as they honor the victims and consider how people selflessly responded during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who have not visited the 9/11 Memorial to experience it, while virtually taking in the panoramic views of the rebuilt World Trade Center.

September 16, 2020
7:30pm – 9:00 pm EST
Supporting Ourselves, Supporting Each Other: Peer to peer support groups
9/11 community virtual peer-to-peer support groups facilitated by clinicians from the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Join us for intimate conversations among 9/11 victims’ families, responders, survivors and the families of those who have died of 9/11 related illnesses to support one another. Participants will be divided into small discussion groups.
Open to 9/11 survivors, victims’ families, responders and recovery workers. Families of those who have died of 9/11 related illnesses are also invited to participate.

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