Eleven years straight and going strong UCanSpeakForMe has sponsored the only continuous local event connected to Annual National Crime Victims Rights Week. UCanSpeakForMe’s version of this important conference is called “The Summit”.
This year’s conference once again was held at the Hamilton County Community Action Association’s spacious meeting facility. This year saw the largest attendance in the Summit’s history. This year guest and families enjoyed enthusiastic conversations and informational interaction about a number of topics. This conference has grown over the years because it provides families access to professionals in the different fields of crime investigation and medical services. Through the years this conference in Cincinnati has demonstrated value for law enforcement as well as families.
In case you missed this year’s event here are a few photographs.
UCanSpeakForMe opened launched a home office in 2012. In 2016 the multipurpose conference room was added. At that time the organization needed a professional home base to not only work with volunteers, but clients traumatized by the homicide of a child in need of our services could find us. The permanent office space has given UCanSpeakForMe a legitimate foot hold in the community as a provider of resources.
The new conference room is connected to the original office space and planning center. With this addition:
1) volunteers can meet to discuss assignments and plan upcoming events.
2) client families can have meetings that are trauma free to design reward cards and posters.
3) press conferences and television news interviews are conducted.
4) monthly meetings are held for client families.
Make it a point to visit our web page often to learn about meetings and rallies. You can always reach us for more information by email or phone. Contact info can be found on our "Get Involved" page.
Hope Dudley's mission has become helping families affected by violent crime. No parent should have to bury their child. That same type of violence took the life of her son Chaz 10 years ago. When the headlines disappear for the family the pain seems to be endless.
CEO and Founder of UCanSpeakForMe, Hope Dudley, organizes a 24 hour cease fire in Cincinnati. No murders, no stabbings, no homicides for one day is asked of the communities in target areas.
UCanSpeakForMe's CEO has released it's third version of the Cold Case Playing cards. This is the only Statewide tool offered to law enforcement of it's kind in Ohio.
Hope Dudley appears on Cincinnati's Star 64 program call "Cincinnati Issues" hosted by Lincoln Ware.
CrimeStoppers honors the UCanSpeakForMe CEO and founder as the CrimeStoppers Board Member of The Year.
"It has become my mission to help families that have been affected by the senseless loss of a loved one to homicide. There is nothing glamorous about what we do for families. They are angry, afraid, and not ready for their journey into the justice system." Hope Dudley
UCanSpeakForMe is always trying to find new ways to connect with anyone who will listen to our message of "See Something...Say Something". Recently we made a presentation before Cincinnati's Law & Public Safety Committee.
We are living in an age that has the earmarks of “The End of All Time”. There is the COVID-19 virus, climate change, economic depression, school suitability issues for our children, personal and voting rights challenges.
On Saturday, October 23, 2021, families who have lost loved ones to violent crime rallied in front of the Hamilton County Justice Center to respectively petition their voices not be silenced.
UCanSpeakForMe has worked tirelessly to create and promote tools that gives grieving families an opportunity to be proactive in the unsolved murders of their children and loved ones. The Cold Case Playing Cards and Posters have made a difference in discovering new information to assist Law Enforcement get new leads in these unsolved cases.
Removal of the (one of a kind) Cold Case Playing Cards from the Hamilton County Justice Center because of a “security risk” has been received with curiosity by families and other law enforcement officials.
For more than 14 years UCanSpeakForMe has been resolved in the mission to assist families remaining proactive in the unsolved homicides of their children. The organization will continue to work with law enforcement across the State of Ohio to help promote tools for families that speak directly to the perpetrators. “Someone, somewhere knows the truth, and we will find you.”
Thank you to those families who came out to support the UCanSpeakForMe rally. Keeping the Cold Case Playing Cards in the Hamilton County Justice Center along with the regular playing cards. This includes the posters and flyers created on behalf of the families.
On Thursday evening (5-26-2022), UCanSpeakForMe founder Hope Dudley, shared the rare opportunity to be a guess on “The Pressure Session” radio program on WAIF-88.3 FM.
Ms. Dudley discussed the serious state of homicides in the Cincinnati and Hamilton County communities. To make a connection with any discussion always starts with recounting her own story.
This is a short excerpt from the broadcast. Thank you to WAIF-88.3 for allowing us to reach out to your loyal audience.
After being on a COVID-19 hiatus for two years the Cincinnati Music Festival roars back into the Queen City with a huge fan fair July 21-23.
Festival goers will be ready to take on the heat and enjoy themselves with great music on three nights in two different venues. Performances will be held at the Andrew J. Brady Music Center on Thursday night and Paul Brown Stadium Friday-Saturday.
UCanSpeakForMe will also be spreading the “Stop The Violence” message with flyers and CrimeStopper Fans with the intent of having a safe and fun weekend. The UCanSpeakForMe Fans, sponsored by CrimeStoppers, will be distributed not only to help concert goers stay cool, but to let everyone see that they can beat the heat, have stress free fun, and enjoy the music without confrontations.
UCanSpeakForMe is asking attendees to show their pride by taking a selfie with their fan and email the picture with their name and the city they are from to UCanSpeakForMe@zoomtown.com. Your photos will be posted on the UCanSpeakForMe.org website.
Email us your selfie with a fan. Enjoy the music. Stay Cool while in Cincinnati.
The 2022 Two Days in May conference (TDIM) for crime victim advocates has concluded it’s in-person gathering after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, celebrating its 30th edition, is organized by the Crime Victim Services section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost gave opening remarks to kick-off the conference. This year featured close to 30 break-out workshops with presenters from across the State. UCan's posters and Cold Case Playing Cards were well received by conference attendees.
UCanSpeakForMe’s Hope Dudley was in attendance along with volunteer staff members Lorraine Whoberry and Shirley McQueen. The conference ended on Tuesday afternoon.
For those who are interested obtaining packs of the cards this can be done by contacting the organization by email. You will receive a reply with instructions on how to secure the cards and other UCan tools. Scroll down to the Contact section to reach us.
U.S. Attorney Ken Parker strives for justice with humanity. Mr. Parker, along with local law enforcement officials, will offer a listening ear to those walking through the grief and heartache of gun violence.
With dignity, compassion, and respect families will have this opportunity to share their experiences from losing a loved one to a senseless homicide.