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Mary Fetchet

Executive Director and President, Voices Center for Resilience

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Mary Fetchet

Executive Director and President, Voices Center for Resilience

Mary Fetchet is the driving force behind VOICES, a non-profit organization she co-founded in 2001 following the death of her 24 year old son Brad at the World Trade Center. Her unique background as a mother of a victim, along with over 20 years of expertise as a clinical social worker, influenced VOICES innovative approach in providing long-term support services and promoting resiliency in the lives of victims’ families, responders and survivors.

Under her leadership, VOICES launched the 9/11 Living Memorial Project to document the nearly 3,000 lives lost. As a clinician, she recognized the importance of commemoration and supporting families through the emotional but therapeutic process of honoring their loved ones in a meaningful way. The 9/11 Living Memorial Project, located on VOICES website and also a core component of the In Memoriam exhibit at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, is now an extensive digital collection of over 70,000 photographs and personal keepsakes.

A strong advocate for the rights of victims’ families and survivors, and public policy reforms to make the country safer, Ms. Fetchet advocated for an appropriate process for the notification of human remains, the Victim’s Compensation Fund and the creation of the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. She was also instrumental in campaigning for the 9/11 Commission and the implementation of reforms based on their recommendations. She testified before the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. Congress on five occasions.

Ms. Fetchet’s work through the VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience includes establishing public-private partnerships, educational initiatives and research projects to document best practices in preparing communities to more effectively respond to the long-term needs of victims’ families, responders and survivors. Currently, she is leading several research projects that are examining the long-term needs of families and communities impacted by traumatic events.