In a world often consumed by headlines of crime and tragedy, it’s easy to forget the unsung heroes working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring healing and hope to those affected by such unfortunate events. The recently concluded 14th Annual Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy (RISVAA) stands as a shining testament to the dedication of these heroes and the transformative power of knowledge and collaboration.
Organized by Family Service of Rhode Island and hosted onsite by Roger Williams University’s Justice System Training and Research Institute, this year’s Academy brought together a remarkable cohort of professionals in the field of victim services. With a resounding theme of unity and empowerment, the event connected service providers from diverse backgrounds with local and regional experts. Moreover, survivors and victims played a pivotal role in this interactive, educational setting, sharing their invaluable insights and experiences to enrich the learning process.
As the curtain closed on this year’s Academy, a proud and accomplished group of 43 graduates emerged, ready to take on the challenges of their noble profession with renewed energy and enriched knowledge.
Special recognition is also due to two remarkable individuals who played instrumental roles in orchestrating the success of the 14th Annual Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy. Candace Johndrow, Vice President of Family Service of Rhode Island Hope Division, and Emily Lucas, Victim Service Program Manager, exhibit unwavering dedication, passion, and organizational prowess in bringing this vision to life.
As we celebrate the completion of yet another inspiring journey at the Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy, we are reminded that there are heroes of healing among us. These are the individuals who work diligently to mend the hearts and souls of those who have endured trauma. Their commitment to learning, collaboration, and compassion serves as a guiding light, illuminating the path toward a future where every victim finds solace, support, and the promise of a brighter tomorrow.