Survivors Speak Conference

Survivors Speak 2017: From Healing to Action

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On April 4, 2017, hundreds of crime survivors will join state and community leaders in California’s state capitol for the largest gathering of crime victims in the United States. Held annually during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Survivors Speak brings together crime survivors, particularly from communities most affected by crime, to share stories, honor loved ones, and advocate for smart justice policies that transform our families, communities and the state.

Last year, Survivors Speak brought together more than 500 crime survivors and advocates from across California and featured a keynote address from Governor Jerry Brown. (Check out highlights from Survivors Speak 2016 below.)


The theme of Survivors Speak 2017 will be “From Healing to Action,” placing survivors at the center of a powerful movement to win new safety priorities. The event will feature regional chapter events across California in March and April 2017; a Survivors Speak Bus to the Capitol, with attendees traveling by bus from their respective regions to arrive in Sacramento on April 3; a march through downtown Sacramento; and a rally at California State Capitol calling for new safety priorities, with remarks from policy and movement leaders and resources on healing and advocacy, on April 4.

Are you interested in attending Survivors Speak? Please contact the regional Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice chapter leader in the area where you live for more information:

  • Los Angeles: David Guizar,

  • Sacramento: Christi Ketchum,

  • San Diego: David Guizar,

  • San Francisco/Bay Area: Zoe Mathews,

  • Stockton: Tashante McCoy-Ham,

  • General inquiries: Anna Cho Fenley,
  • Donate here.

Past Conferences:

Survivors Speak Conference: April 11-12, 2016

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More than 500 survivors from across California—San Diego, Sacramento, Fresno, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area— joined law enforcement and state and community leaders for our 2016 conference. The conference featured keynote remarks from Governor Jerry Brown, who told attendees that “help is on the way.” In this video, you can see highlights from Survivors Speak 2016 Conference and the faces and moments that made this year’s conference so meaningful, impactful and memorable.


Survivors Speak Conference: April 20-21, 2015

Over 400 survivors of crime and their allies gathered in Sacramento for "Survivors Speak: Building Pathways from Trauma to Healing." The 2-day event featured an all-day conference on April 20, followed by a Survivors Speak: A Gathering to Remember, Recover and Reform, a rally held on the steps of the State Capitol. Click here for more information. To view photos from the event, visit our Facebook page.

Survivors Speak Conference: April 6-7, 2014

On April 6-7, 2014 in Sacramento, Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice hosted “Survivors Speak: Charting a New Course for Safety and Justice.” This conference, the first of its kind, brought together survivors of crime and people from communities impacted by crime from across California to focus on strategies for healing and advocating for survivors and public safety. For more information on this event and to view video recording from the day, click here.











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