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1996 NOVA Newsl. 1 (1996)

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                                          Volume 17, Number 6 (of 12 Issues), 1996

  Celebrations -Past and Future!

20th   Anniversary in Maui                 National   Victim  Rights  Week/1996

By Chitopher Greenslade
Conference C ordinator                              L   et  u   uStree:

   To thoe fortunate enough to join us in our world of hope
on an i Ilnd of dreams' we offer thanks, and we hope you had a
producti e and enjoyabilc tine celebrating NOVA's Twentieth
Anniversary on Maui.
   Those whose budget constraints precluded their attendance
wer all missed, but cr ainly not forgotten. The NOVA family
added new friends to its ranks from over ten nations, and Maui
provid d a fitting backdrop for a week of culture, inte.ction,
vaie ty, and, yes, fun!
   NOVA Executive Director Marlene Young emphasized the
seious business of our conference by writing in the conference
program th at despite promising progress over the last twenty years,
we face increasingly complex challenges:
   We have yet to unravel the terrible tangle of the roots of
violence or successfully to eradicate its cause. We have yet
adequately to address the multiplicity of needs that emanate in a
socicty suffused with cultural and economic diversity. We have yet                April 21-27
to educate ourselves to understand fully the consequences ofcrisis
for in ividuals or communities. And we have yet to establish a legal
framework and environment where victims rights are real, recog-               You are invited to attend the
nized, and vindicated.
   The conference began with Sunday's special day-long train-  16th Annual Nationa Forum        on Victim Rights
ing on the important issue of HIV/AIDS and Victim Services,            on Capitol Hill, April26, 196
made possible by a grant awarded to the National Victim Center from
the Office for Victims of Crime. That evening, new friendships were
formed and old relationships revitalized as a spectacular sunset
brightened our Early Bird Reception on the Kukui Terrace, hosted
by Maui Victim/Witness.                      I  T  isIsu  e:
   At Monday's Opening Ceremony, a traditional ceremony
welcomed us to Maui: an island blessing followed by singing and 't> t
dancing to illustrate the beliefs and customs ofthe l calp pe. We  I
learned the significance of Aloha.- and heard a simple but poi-
gnant message that became the thme for the whole conference: E
lawe i keN t'a malama, a e oi mau ka na'auao -hone who takes
teachings and applies them increases knowledge.
   Monday featurc a new and exciting program highlight: a
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