Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mother of Murder Victim to Conclude AMBER Alert Symposium

Who: Diena Thompson and other family members of child abduction victims.
What: Diena Thompson will be the concluding speaker at the 2010 National AMBER Alert Symposium. She will share what happened after her seven-year-old daughter Somer was abducted while walking home from school in 2009. Somer’s body was later found in a Georgia landfill. Family members of child abduction victims will also share their findings with AMBER Alert Partners on how to improve child abduction investigations. This media advisory outlines day three of the three-day symposium.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
8:45 a.m.
  • Crisis Communications (open to media)
    • Mark Simpson, Arlington, Texas Police Sergeant (Ret.)
    • Paul Murphy, Utah AMBER Alert Coordinator
    • Deanna Boyd-Spangler, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Reporter
    • Jeff Cardinale, Fresno, California Police PIO
    • Mary Justino, Clay County, Florida Sheriff’s Office PIO
    • C.W. Miller, Phoenix Police Commander
    • Eric Watson, Reporter, KPNX-TV in Phoenix

10:45 a.m.
  • Family Roundtable Findings (open to media)

12:00 p.m.
  • Victim Perspective (open to media)
    • Diena Thompson, mother of Somer Thompson
11 :45 a.m.
  • Symposium Closing (open to media)
    • Ron Laney, Associate Administrator, Child Protection Division, OJJDP
    • Cecilia Duquela-Fuentes, Program Manager, OJJDP
    • Phil Keith, Program Director, AMBER Alert Training & Technical Assistance Program
Where: Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 North Second Street, Phoenix, Arizona

Note: Press must register at the press table in front of the Regency Ballroom & check with Paul Murphy to cover sessions or arrange interviews.

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