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Registration to open March 11 for Two Days in May Conference

2 Days in MayThe 2024 Two Days in May Conference on Victim Assistance will be here before we know it! The annual gathering, presented by Attorney General Yost’s Crime Victim Services Section, brings together advocates and others from across disciplines to focus on best practices, explore trends, study developments and changes within the field, learn about legislative updates, and network.

This year’s edition of Two Days in May — with a theme of “Healing Begins With Hope” — will take place on May 13-14 at a new site: the Hilton Columbus Downtown, 402 N. High St.

Be advised: Registration for this popular conference will open March 11 and run through April 28 (unless we reach maximum capacity before then). Early registration is encouraged, as some conference workshops have limited capacity.

The conference registration fee of $125 per person provides the following benefits:

  • An opening session with remarks from Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, followed by a keynote address by Kellie Portman, senior program training manager at the National Organization for Victim Advocacy, where she focuses on crisis response. Portman is a motivational speaker, life coach and the founder of Thinking Before Sinking, where her practice focuses on those who work in service to others.
  • A second-day plenary session featuring a panel of survivors and experts from across disciplines. The group will talk about how dedication, collaboration, advanced technology, and a commitment to seeing justice served brought answers to a tragic and complicated cold case of homicide and rape. The session will be moderated by Advocate Cierra Davis of the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. The panelists will include Regina Dawson and Carmen Skipper, both surviving relatives of victims; Detective Mickey Casper of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; and Special-Agent-in-Charge Roger Davis of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
  • The choice of five workshops (from among 31 total). The topics range from self-care and legislative updates to an analysis of how social media has dramatically changed the impact of a crime on survivors and how advocates can best help and adjust to that.
  • A continental breakfast on Monday; coffee/tea service and a catered awards luncheon in the Aminah Robinson Grand Ballroom on Tuesday; access to information from vendors and nonprofit organizations; and drop-in sessions both days with staff from the VOCA/SVAA Grants Unit, the Ohio Crime Victims Compensation Program, and the Office of Criminal Justice Services – all part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office – who will be on hand to answer any questions you have.

Be sure to check back here on March 11 (or shortly thereafter) to register. We look forward to seeing you in May!


Two Days in May 2023

This year’s conference was held May 8-9 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center with nearly 1,000 attendees. Check back this fall for information on submitting workshop proposals and other details of the 2024 conference.


2022 Two Days in May Conference