About the Conference

National Conference on Mass Violence Incidents and Underserved Victims at the University of Oregon in Eugene
September 12 -14, 2017

Law Enforcement and Victim Services Conference on Collaborative Mass Violence Response and Meeting the Needs of Underserved Victims of Crime
Leave No Victim Behind Part II

The University of Oregon Police Department, the California Victim Compensation Board, and the Oregon Department of Justice are partnering to host a national conference focused on effective collaborative efforts between law enforcement and victim services when responding to victims of a mass violence incident. This conference will also focus on meeting the needs of underserved victims including the homeless, impoverished and LGBTQ community.

The first two grant recipients of the federal Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for 2017 are California, for the San Bernardino terrorist attack, and Oregon, for the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg. The states of Oregon and California are committed to bringing together the best experts in the field to educate responders and providers so they are thoroughly prepared when a mass violence incident occurs in their local community. Victim service specialists, law enforcement, first responders, campus officials and emergency management professionals from around the country will discuss how to best meet the needs of victims of mass violence and terrorism. The body of collected wisdom that will result from this meeting will be significant as we work to anticipate the complicit needs of victims of future mass violence.

The conference will focus on how law enforcement and victim services can effectively work together when responding to victims of a mass violence event. Conference panels and speakers will include subject matter experts who have responded to incidents in the past, resource providers, and others with expertise on this topic.

The panels and speakers will highlight past responses to mass violence incidents, lessons learned, best practices, a live tabletop exercise presented by the FBI , development and review of effective joint law enforcement and victim services response models, crisis response resources and an action plan for building partnerships and expertise.

This conference will also feature proactive and culturally diverse community policing practices, criminal justice partnerships and provide police officers, victim advocates and district attorneys valuable information on how to best serve the needs of underserved community members with an emphasis on ensuring all victims of crime have access to the resources available at the federal, state, and local levels.

Responders to the Orlando nightclub massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, the, the AME church shooting in South Carolina, the Sikh Temple shooting in Wisconsin, the UC Santa Barbara shooting rampage, and others, will speak at this conference. In addition, campus officials from various institutions such as Virginia Tech, the University of Oregon and Umpqua Community College will be instrumental in discussing campus approaches to violence and effective responses to victims. The federal Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) will also play a significant role in sharing about their experiences with the Anti-terrorism and Emergency Assistance Program, the grant application process and the development of the mass violence response toolkit as well as provide information regarding federal resources. OVC will also provide support through a scholarship program for attendees in need of financial assistance

On the final day of the conference true experts in the field of community policing will present ideas and concepts focused on building community partnerships while discussing the topic of Underserved Victims: Who Are They, Regionally and Nationally? How Can We Reach Them?

Attendees at this conference will include law enforcement, victim service providers, first responders, community based organizations, campus officials, crisis response teams and emergency management professionals. Anticipated attendance based on similar conferences in the past two years is expected to minimally reach 200 people from across the country.

Join us in the great Pacific Northwest as we explore ways together to better serve the needs of our communities.