2019 VWAP Conference

Start Time/Date: 12:30 AM Tuesday, April 16, 2019
End Time/Date: 11:30 AM Thursday, April 18, 2019
ADDRESS: The Classic Center
300 N Thomas St.
CITY: Athens, GA 30601

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The Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia welcomes prosecution-based victim witness assistance personnel from across the State of Georgia to the 2019 VWAP Conference, which will be held at the Classic Center in Athens. Registration begins at 12:30pm and Welcome and Announcements begin at 1:15pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.The conference will conclude at 11:15am on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

Tentative topics include:
  • A Survival Story
  • What You Do Matters
  • When Losing is Winning
  • Family Violence: Beyond a Criminal Case
  • S.A.N.E.
  • Cold Cases
  • Post Conviction Victim Services
  • Self Care
  • Victims of Financial Crimes
  • Meeting with Victims
  • Stranger Stalking
  • Intimidated Victims: Best Practices
  • Marsy's Law


This conference will be open to ALL Prosecution-Based VWAP personnel throughout the state regardless of funding source. 

Scholarships are available for both VOCA and non-VOCA funded prosecution-based victim witness personnel to attend this conference. All scholarships will be funded through the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia's VOCA budget and will be reimbursed directly to attendees immediately following the conference. Scholarships will pay for lodging, meals and mileage to and from the conference. Please initiate registration to apply for a scholarship. DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP IS FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019. If you do not receive a scholarship, travel costs (at the rates below) for this conference have been approved by CJCC for VOCA-funded offices. Therefore, you may pay for travel to this conference out of your VOCA budgets as long as you have amended your budgets to include this travel. Questions about scholarships should be directed to Kathy Kemp (kkemp@pacga.org or 770-282-6364).    

If you apply for a scholarship, you will be notified regarding the status of your scholarship by March 22, 2019. Scholarships will be provided on a reimbursable basis and will be funded through the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia's VOCA budget. Reimbursement forms and hotel receipts must be submitted at the conclusion of the conference and reimbursement will be provided immediately following the conference. 

For scholarship recipients (both state-paid and non-state-paid) and those paying travel costs using VOCA funds, reimbursable items include: hotel, mileage, and meals at the below rates:

  • Lodging (per Federal rates): $103 per night (does not include tax). Individuals with a departure point of less than 300 miles from the conference center are not eligible to receive reimbursement for the night before the conference. Participants whose home AND office is less than 50 miles from the Classic Center are not eligible for reimbursement for lodging. NOTE: Under DOJ rules, which apply to VOCA grants, CJCC reserves the right to deny the entire cost of lodging if you exceed the Federal per diem of $103 per night. If you share a room, this rate cap applies to each lodger per night (e.g. two people lodging together could book a room at $206 per night). Taxes that are not exempted may be claimed.  
    Mileage (per State of Georgia Travel Regulations):
      Mileage will be reimbursed at $0.58 for personal vehicles for all scholarship recipients (both county- and state-paid) or $0.20 per mile if a government vehicle was available but you chose to drive a personal vehicle. The scholarship will not reimburse County or State vehicles. For scholarships, approved mileage will be based on distance to the Classic Center from your main office or VOCA-funded office. You may claim less than the approved mileage if you depart from a location other than your main office, but you may not claim more. 
  • Meals (per State of Georgia Travel Regulations): $28 per day ($6 breakfast, $7 lunch, $15 dinner).

Certificates for this training course will be provided upon request. Email requests to training@pacga.org 

When making your reservations in Athens, please inform the hotel that you are with the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia group. Below is the contact information and the negotiated rates for the hotels:

Holiday Inn - Athens
197 E. Broad Street
Athens, Georgia 30601
Rate: $103.00

Courtyard by Marriott - Athens
166 North Finley Avenue
Athens, GA 30601 
Rate: $103.00

The Graduate - Athens
295 E. Dougherty Street
Athens, GA 30601
Rate: $103.00
Hotel Indigo - Athens
500 College Ave.
Athens, GA 30601
Rate: $103.00
The reimbursable rate is $103 plus applicable un-exempted taxes. You will receive more information about making your reservation after registration is complete.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Training Department at (770) 282-6300.