Victim Offender Mediation Association
Greetings from the Conference Committee,
In a few short months we will be gathering in Historic Philadelphia for the 21st annual VOMA conference taking place October 24-28. The site committee has been working diligently to be sure you have the opportunity to enjoy Philadelphia and itís many offerings. Check out the interesting sites at www.gophila.com/index.htm. You can also view information about the hotel at www.holiday-inn.com/phlhistoric where the rates for our stay are $89.00 /night (single through quad).
The conference committee received an record number of proposals for our training institute and conference. We are excited about the broad spectrum of trainings on Monday-Wednesday that include basic training in victim offender mediation/conferencing, implementing restorative processes in schools, dialogues in crimes of severe violence, mediating parent-teen conflicts, and addressing sexual abuse restoratively to name a few.
The conference portion of our week together will begin on Wednesday morning with the long-anticipated documentary on Crimes of Severe Violence in Pennsylvania by independent producer/director Rachel Libert followed by 30+ workshops that will run through Friday at noon. These workshops include issues in starting a community mediation/victim offender program, challenges of the traditional practice of law in cooperation with the mediation process, fairness in mediation, foundational restorative justice values and philosophies, dialogues in prison settings, practitioners of color exploring what they bring to the process, issues in re-entry, collaborating with victim services, and many others.
We especially look forward to national collaborative efforts with organizations such as NAFCM, PRASI, PeaceWeb, NCDD, CRC and FOR to co-sponsor training and workshops at this year's conference.
If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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