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SEATTLE, Wash. - (April 1, 2008) - Statistics indicate that two out of every three Americans will fall victim to a crime at least once in their lifetime. Crime is not limited to violent acts such as assault, robbery and rape but also things like fraud, internet scams and identity theft. Often crime victims feel helpless, alone, isolated and some are devastated financially.

In honor of National Crime Victims Week, the King County Crime Victim Service Center and its partnering organizations will be hosting a training event entitled "Justice for Victims, Justice for All," to be held at Virginia Mason Medical Center. This training is free and for mental health professionals, advocates and other community service providers. Law enforcement leaders, as well as regional and national experts, will educate participants about how to better assist people whose lives have been affected by crime.

The training will take place on April 14, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Volney Richmond Auditorium at Virginia Mason Medical Center. The auditorium is located in the Lindeman Pavilion at 1201 Terry Avenue in Seattle.

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna will be the keynote speaker. Other participating distinguished leaders include Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecutor; Sue Rahr, King County Sheriff; R. Gil Kerlikowske, Seattle Chief of Police; and Steve Burns, Washington State Patrol Captain. 

Other presenters include Edward Rynearson, MD, medical director, Separation and Loss Services at Virginia Mason, speaking on complicated grief after a homicide; Anne Ko, human trafficking advocate, Refugee Women's Alliance, speaking on human trafficking; Ron Conlin, president, Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound and Stephanie Dickson, internet safety advocate, Seattle FBI Citizens' Academy Alumni Association, speaking on internet crimes; Lucy Berliner, LICSW, executive director, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, speaking on resilience after being a victim of a crime; Ye-Ting Woo, deputy supervisor, Criminal Enterprises Unit; and Harvey Sloan, human trafficking detective, Seattle Police Department.

The King County Crime Victim Service Center (KCCVSC) is a network of 11 health and social service organizations that collaborate to provide a network of services for crime victims in King County. They improve access, assistance, and response for crime victims and their families. KCCVSC provides 24-hour crisis intervention, emergency assistance, therapy/counseling, client support and advocacy, and information and referrals to victims and their families. KCCVSC works with victims of elder and child abuse, kidnapping and/or missing persons, DUI/DWI crashes and vehicular assault, property crimes, hate crimes, fraud, robbery, assault, identity theft, trafficking, and survivors of homicide victims and/or victims of attempted homicide. 

Virginia Mason Medical Center
Founded in 1984, Separation and Loss Service at Virginia Mason Medical Center serves as the lead agency for the King County Crime Victim Service Center. Separation and Loss provides services to families suffering from the violent death of a loved one. After nearly 20 years of uninterrupted service, the Separation and Loss Service has become a trusted and enduring resource of support for those disabled by complicated grief and a consultation and training resource for service providers.

Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and adult day health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

For media inquiries only, contact:
Alisha Mark
(206) 341-1509

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