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Attorney General Van Hollen Welcomes Attendees of Summit in the City of Milwaukee

“America’s Promise:  Keeping Our Kids Safe” Begins Tomorrow in Milwaukee


MILWAUKEE — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen tonight welcomes to the City of Milwaukee State Attorneys General from around the nation for his National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Presidential Summit, “America’s Promise:  Keeping Our Kids Safe.”  As President of NAAG, Attorney General Van Hollen is kicking off his yearlong initiative with a summit featuring speakers and experts from around the nation.  “America’s Promise:  Keeping Our Kids Safe” begins tomorrow at The Pfister Hotel.  An agenda for the two-day conference is available here.


“This summit is designed to address one of my top priorities – protecting our children from victimization.  It covers some of the biggest challenges in fulfilling that mission, for instance, preventing school violence and drug abuse,” Van Hollen said.  “We’re also exploring and sharing some effective ways to improve their futures through unique partnerships, such as the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Badges for Baseball Program and others.”


Sessions scheduled for tomorrow include:

  • Opening remarks by Attorney General Van Hollen

·         Remarks by Cal Ripken, Jr., MLB Hall of Famer and Co-Founder, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences, featuring Victor Vieth of the National Child Protection Training Center and Marlita White of the Chicago Department of Public Health, Office of Violence Prevention
  • “Lessons Learned” from School Shootings, featuring Colorado Attorney General John Suthers; Colorado Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman; UW Madison Chief of Police and Associate Vice-Chancellor Susan Riseling; and John Michael Keyes of the “I Love U Guys” Foundation
  • John Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Private/Public Partnerships, featuring North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper; the Rev. Jeffrey Brown of RECAP, or Rebuilding Every City Around Peace; Bradley Myles of the Polaris Project; Cesar Pinzon of American Family Insurance; and from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, Carmen Catizone
  • Current Issues in Drug Abuse, featuring Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania Attorney General; Assistant Attorney General Karie Cattanach of the Wisconsin Department of Justice; Dan Duncan of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse-St. Louis area; Joseph Rannazzisi of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and Benjamin Sanborn of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration


Any media wishing to cover parts of the summit should contact Dana Brueck at 608-266-1221, or  All summit sessions will be videotaped and posted online at


During the annual summer meeting of NAAG, Van Hollen was formally elected by his nationwide peers to be the NAAG President.  In 2011, Attorney General Van Hollen’s peers elected him to the office of Vice President of NAAG.


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