Alaska Wellness Summit 2.0: Confronting Alaska's Crime Wave

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Dear Fellow Alaskans,

Two years ago, I had the honor of convening the Alaska Wellness Summit: Conquering the Opioid Crisis, an important gathering of federal, state and local community leaders dedicated to tackling the many challenges associated with the growing opioid and heroin epidemic. That summit, which largely focused on issues of addiction, recovery and community, was very productive – with hundreds of Alaskans gathering to listen, gain inspiration, learn and exchange ideas. Federal officials from several different agencies attended to hear the many obstacles Alaskans face when in recovery, as well as witness the indomitable spirit of Alaskans who have overcome those obstacles.

Now, we are planning another Wellness Summit – this time focused not only on our addiction epidemic, but on drug trafficking and the associated crime wave that is victimizing so many Alaskans. The Alaska Wellness Summit 2.0: Confronting Alaska’s Crime Wave will once again feature a prominent group of federal, state and local leaders and stakeholders to build public awareness, identify opportunities for coordination and cooperation, and highlight Alaska’s unique public safety challenges with federal officials.

The Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Jim Carroll, will join us as a keynote speaker to discuss Alaska’s recent High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) designation, which will help facilitate greater cooperation, criminal case coordination and information sharing among local, tribal, state and federal agencies currently engaged in counter-drug trafficking operations in Alaska.

The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard, Admiral Karl Schultz, will join us as a keynote speaker to discuss the Coast Guard’s role as our nation’s first line of defense against drug smugglers seeking to bring illegal substances into the United States.

David Rybicki, the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice in charge of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, will attend as a keynote speaker to discuss violent crime, gang violence, anti-opioid initiatives and combatting threats posed to U.S. citizens.

The summit will also include a number of senior Alaska officials and community leaders, including: local mayors, law enforcement, public safety officials, community stakeholders, and media. Confirmed guests include:

  • Jahna Lindemuth – Alaska Attorney General
  • Bryan Schroder – U.S. Attorney for the District of Alaska
  • Walt Monegan – Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety
  • Justin Doll – Anchorage Police Chief
  • Jolene Goeden – Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Ed Mercer – Juneau Police Chief
  • Vern Halter – Mat-Su Borough Mayor
  • Dr. Brad Myrstol – Associate Professor and Director of the UAA Justice Center
  • Dr. Jay Butler – Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kyle Hopkins – Special Projects Editor, Anchorage Daily News
  • Leon Morgan – Director of the Alaska Criminal Information and Analysis Center, Alaska State Troopers
  • Kara Nelson – Director of Haven House
  • Nasruk Nay – Alaska State Trooper, Alaska Department of Public Safety

There are so many positives about living in Alaska, yet in many communities, our rates of crime, domestic violence and sexual assault are horrific. Whether you are a victim of crime, working on the front lines, a member of law enforcement, or simply a concerned citizen looking for more information, please join us and share your experiences and ideas. We all have a role to play in combating the crime wave that’s victimizing so many Alaskans. Let’s work together to create a safe state where we can all thrive.


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This event is open to the public and will include a number of opportunities to raise important questions with local, state and federal officials.

Please register for the Alaska Wellness Summit 2.0 by emailing your contact information to registration@sullivan.senate.gov

Attendance is free, however we kindly request your registration by Thursday, August 16th, 2018. Unregistered guests will be admitted on the day of the summit on a space available basis. 

Light refreshments will be provided, however lunch will not be served.

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