FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #4, Issue #4April

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Families of September 11 is now operating as the For Action Initiative. The web pages on this site are available for informational purposes only. Please visit us at


FOS11 Vice President Tom Rogér recently spoke
at the Second International Congress on
Terrorism Victims in Bogotá, Colombia. Read
about this event, including a recent NY
Times article.

Even as we move further away from the events of 9/11, our membership continues to grow. That tells us that we are reaching an increasing number of folks who want to tap into our resources. While we're glad to share, we'd like something in return -- your input. Let us know what you're thinking and what's important to you. If you're dealing with children, are there outstanding issues in your child's school or with his or her social development that you'd like to see addressed? Are you still having trouble coping or healing or do you feel the need for further connection? Do you have opinions about 9/11 and remembrance or policy issues you'd like to share with other members? We are delighted that you are choosing to sign on with us. We are looking forward to hearing how we can make things even better for you.

Lastly, as we mark the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, we would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims' families, survivors, rescue workers, and others affected by the tragic events of that day.

Issues Update

FOS11 Re-Launches Website
The newest version of our website is more user-friendly than ever. Visit to learn more about our online Resiliency Album, Chat Program, Recent Collaborations, Revamped Resources, Search Tool, Speaker's Bureau, and more! Send us your feedback -- you can post your comments to our bulletin board or write

FOS11 Hires New COS11 Project Manager
Maureen Brogan, MA, LPC, has joined FOS11 as its new Project Manager for the Children of September 11 webpage, COS11 is designed to provide resources to not only parents, but also teachers, coaches, school nurses, clergy, and therapists -- any adult who cares for children. Maureen is a licensed counselor who is currently Program Director for New Jersey's Family Advocate Management Program (NJFam). Previously, she served as Director of Child and Adolescent Services and then Clinical Director for United Family and Children's Society. She has also worked as a reporter for the publication Psychology Today.

Comparing the Impacts of September 11, 2001 and March 11, 2004
FOS11 Executive Director Nikki Stern recently presented as part of a two-day colloquium in New York City sponsored by the New School University and the Center of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona. The panelists compared the impacts of governmental, judicial, social and economic impacts and responses to the attacks of September 11 and March 11 in the US and Spain. It was the first of what is planned to be an annual rotating symposium between the two institutions.

Lower Manhattan Update
Recent activities on the memorial and rebuilding program include the selection of Gretchen Dykstra to be the President of the WTC Memorial Foundation. As the City's current Commissioner for Consumer Affairs and with previous experience in the redevelopment of the Times Square area, she has good political and administrative experience. She will have responsibility for setting up the Foundation offices at 1 Liberty Square and hiring staff to proceed with the fundraising efforts and supervision of the memorial and cultural building activities. On the memorial, the design is proceeding with construction slated to start early next year. In this, the "design development" phase, a number of issues are being addressed that relate to how the memorial can best function within the overall site development. FOS11 Vice President and Board member Tom Rogér is a member of the WTC Foundation Board's Committee on design and as such is also providing input to the LMDC and the architects on other issues (i.e., listing of the names, museum complex program development, etc.). For more information, click here

Upcoming Events

Free Career Workshops in NJ -- Various Dates
If you lost your job after 9/11, or are looking for a comparable job in New Jersey and finding that the process is raising emotional issues for you, these free two-hour workshops (titled "From Career Resilience to Reinvention: Growing from your 9/11 Experience") can be a positive step in the process of moving ahead. Upcoming dates include Wednesday, April 20 in Hoboken, Tuesday, May 3 in Edison, and Tuesday, May 10 in Summit. Workshops run from 7:00-9:00 PM. To RSVP or for more information, please call 1-866-4-U-NJ-911 or visit

RECOVERY: The World Trade Center Recovery Operation -- April 23-July 10, 2005
This traveling exhibition by the New York State Museum chronicles the search after September 11 by thousands of detectives, FBI agents, and forensic evidence specialists who worked around the clock to recover personal objects and material evidence from the collapse of the World Trade Center. This important national exhibit will make its only California appearance at the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente near San Diego from April 23 to July 10, 2005. For further information and directions, please visit

NIHAP's National Conference -- May 2-4, 2005
The National Institute for Homeland Security and Anti-Terrorism Preparedness (NIHAP) sponsors this three-day conference encompassing top training presented by industry leaders and Homeland Security experts focused specifically on issues pertaining to children and schools. FOS11 Board member Tom Rogér will give a keynote address on May 3, 2005, titled "Lessons Learned from the New York City School's Response to 9/11 and Development of a Threat Assessment and Response Program for School Facilities." For more information on this event, please visit

FundaySunday -- May 22, 2005
Join the Comedy Cures Foundation for an unprecedented day of laughter, joy, fantasy, music, and fun at Town Hall in New York City. This exciting experience is an interactive event designed to entertain and educate kids of all ages about the power of laughter, play, fun, and a comic perspective. The event is exclusively reserved for the children (ages 3-22) directly impacted by the loss of a parent or primary caregiver on September 11. One adult per family invited. RSVP no later than May 12 as seating is limited. Email or call (201) 727-1770 to reserve your free seats. Visit for more information.

For more events, please visit our Event Calendar.


City of Berlin Scholarship 2005
The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation in Berlin, Germany, a non-profit organization, has established a fundraising campaign, entitled "Berlin helps the USA" in order for Germany to show its support for the victims of 9/11. Through the financial contributions of citizens from across Germany, they have now set up a scholarship program to benefit young people who lost one or both parents as a result of the attacks. The scholarship will finance a student's tuition fees for one semester of a B.A or M.A degree program in the United States, with the option of an extension of this support for following semesters. The application closing date is July 1, 2005 (this is the date that the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation must receive the application, not the postmarked date). Please click here for more information.

The Resiliency Program
TRP is committed to helping underserved children and families throughout NYC cope and prepare for life in the aftermath of 9/11. TRP provides support groups and psychotherapy to individuals (child and adult), couples, and families. Target populations include those who lost a family member, lost a job, injured or family of injured, evacuated from area, participated in rescue/recovery or family of rescue/recovery worker, residence affected/displaced from home, student or family of student, as well as those who work with victims of 9/11. Support groups include a Latina Moms Group, a Women's Group, and a Parenting Issues Post 9/11 Group, among others. New groups will be starting in May. If you are interested in any of these groups or would like more information about psychotherapy, family therapy, a medication evaluation, or job training, please contact Dr. Paula A. Madrid at, (212) 342-0555 or (212) 342-0408. Visit for more information or view a TRP Brochure.

Safe Horizon -- 9/11 Programs & Services
Safe Horizon continues to offer free counseling and support groups to all those affected by the events of September 11. Support groups include those for family members, those who were injured, evacuated, or witnessed the events, did disaster relief work, and those who lost a job or were displaced from their home. Individual counseling services are also available. Contact Heather Trish, NCC, LPC at (212) 729-5510. The Family Assistance Center is located at 575 Lexington Ave, 9th floor, in Manhattan.

Survivors' Network Seeks Submissions
New York Writers Coalition and the World Trade Center Survivors' Network Writing Project are seeking essays, fiction, poetry and other genres of writing from survivors of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The submissions are for Portraits of Life, a planned anthology of the varied experiences of survivors before, during and after the events of that fateful day as well as insight into how they have reconstructed their lives and learned to deal with their physical and psychological wounds. The deadline for submissions is May 30, 2005. For more information, contact Aaron Zimmerman at NYWC (718) 398-2883, Tania Head at WTCSN (917) 733-1649, or email Read the Press Release.

Where To Turn
Where To Turn's purpose is to provide crisis relief services for victims of any kind of tragedy by aiding them in obtaining the help they need during the recovery process. Located at 1110 South Ave, Staten Island N.Y. 10314, this non-profit organization had its beginnings shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It provides updated information on relevant support organizations and serves as a voice for victims to assure that proper officials are aware of victims' needs and concerns. Visit for more information.

Please visit our website for more Support Resources.

Remember. Honor. Hope.
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Families of September 11 (FOS11) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by families of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Membership is open to anyone affected by the events of September 11, 2001. More than 2,400 people worldwide have chosen to join us.

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