The National Center for Victims of Crime 2008 National Conference: Responses, Rights, and Resources for Crime Victims marked the first time we took our Conference on the road. The Conference was held June 2-4, 2008 in Portland, Oregon and was co-hosted by the Oregon Attorney General's Sexual Assault Task Force. The more than 750 attendees had over 70 workshops to choose from, covering topics such as direct services, violence against women, violent crime, and policy and victims' rights.
- Carol Jordan, MS, Director of the Center for Research on Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky, redefined research as an important tool for those in practice and policy, and will provide practical steps for bridging research, policy, and practice on behalf of victims.
- Anne Munch, JD, examined the socio-cultural and individual influences that frame crime, crime victimization, and the criminal justice response and identified strategies to better tailor responses to victims and survivors.
- Jeff Dion, JD, Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, examined victims' motivations for pursuing civil litigation and interviewed a panel of victims about their experiences with the civil justice system.
- Chris Asplen of Applied BioSystems, a global leader in DNA-based systems, discussed the cutting-edge of forensic DNA practice and filled knowledge gaps for victim advocates, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors about the use of forensic DNA in the criminal justice system. He also provided tools and a plan for improved and expanded use of forensic DNA to investigate crimes, solve them, and help victim.