The National Center for Victims of Crime's 2010 National Conference brought together more than 750 professionals to explore the latest advances in the field of crime victimization. The conference was held September 14-16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana and co-hosted by the New Orleans Family Justice Center, the Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault and the United States Attorney's Office, (Eastern District of Louisiana).
- David Uhlmann of the Environmental Law and Policy Program at the University of Michigan Law School, spoke on the challenges of environmental disasters like the BP Gulf oil spill and discussed how our laws allow compensation for victims of envrionmental crimes -- as well as the legal impediments that often prevent full restitution for victim. Mr. Uhlmann also addressed the larger issue of how we meet the needs of victims in the broader context of corporate crime, where the number of victims may be large but the harm more diffuse than in traditional cases, such as violent crimes.
- Scott M. Fearing of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley in Rochester, New York, presented a session titled "It Does Matter" Towards Inclusive Services for LGBTQ Clients." No matter the crime, a victim's sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression are important to them and therefore must be important to us. This session gave an introduction to inclusive language and provided practical tips agencies can use to be more LGBTQ inclusive and culturally aware.
- Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center addressed how our commitment to justice for all will determine our nation’s success in the next century as America becomes more diverse and economic disparity widens. He also discussed the founding of the Southern Poverty Law Center, shared details about some of its more prominent cases, highlighted new work, touched on hate crimes, and the need to teach tolerance, love, and respect for one another.
- Meg Garvin of the National Crime Victim Law Institute raise key questions - What does it look like when a crime victim is an active participant in a case? Can the criminal justice system fairly afford both victims' rights and defendants' rights? What remedies truly exist when a victim's right is violated? - and discussed the horizon of victims' rights and key issues that the movement must tackle in the coming year and the coming decade.