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Dates & Locations Set for 2021 SEARCH Meetings and Symposium

Mark your calendars! SEARCH has set dates and locations for its 2021 Membership Group Meetings and Symposium.

Note: Given restrictions on large meetings, current health advisories and Centers for Disease Control Considerations for Events and Gatherings, we have revised our meeting schedules and have converted our 2021 Winter Membership Group Meeting to a Virtual Event that will be hosted on Microsoft Teams or Zoom platforms.

Based on our best information at this time, we are planning to host our 2021 Annual Membership Group Meeting and 2021 Symposium in person at the Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, on July 12‒14, 2021.

The health and safety of SEARCH Members, staff, and meeting attendees is paramount. We are closely monitoring federal, state, and local government health advisories and regulations in planning our meetings next July. Meeting size limitations may be required and face masks, physical distancing, and other provisions to ensure a safe and productive event.

The 2021 SEARCH Winter Membership Group Meeting is a virtual event taking place on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 and Wednesday, January 27, 2021, from 2:00PM‒6:00PM (EST) both days. SEARCH will post registration details soon for this event, which will take place on the Microsoft Teams or Zoom platform.

The 2021 SEARCH Annual Membership Group Meeting and 2021 Symposium on Justice Information Technology, Policy, and Research is an in-person event at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • The Annual Meeting takes place Monday, July 12, 2021.
  • The Symposium takes place Tuesday‒Wednesday, July 13 and 14, 2021.

Visit the 2021 Symposium website to sign up for email alerts, submit workshop proposals, or indicate your interest in attending, speaking, and/or becoming an exhibitor or sponsor of this event. SEARCH is planning a full schedule of substantive workshops and plenary sessions, as well as an Exhibit Hall featuring world-class justice information sharing solution providers and industry partners.

SEARCH will post details regarding Symposium Agenda, speaking opportunities, registration rates and deadlines, hotel reservations, and exhibitor/sponsor opportunities to the Symposium website as they become available.

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Karen Lissy

Ms. Karen Lissy is a Justice Information Services Specialist for the Law and Policy Program of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. In this position, she provides assistance to state and local justice and public safety agencies to collect, curate, and use National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) data and computerized criminal history record (CCH/CHRI) information for policy analysis and development.

She also guides justice and related organizations in how to craft and implement laws, policies, practices, and technology applications to effectively collect and use CCH and related justice/public safety data; address legal, policy, and regulatory issues associated with CCH data; better manage and operate criminal justice information and identification systems; and develop security and privacy policies that protect justice information sharing systems.

Ms. Lissy has nearly two decades of research and data analysis experience, having led projects and tasks in support of two agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Institute of Justice), as well as the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and multiple foundations, including Ford, Annie E. Casey, and Hewlett. Prior to joining SEARCH in October 2020, Ms. Lissy served as a Social Science Researcher at RTI International, as a regional Crime Analyst for the Redmond (WA) Police Department, and as Director of a research program with the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Beginning in 2012, Ms. Lissy’s work has focused on improving data in law enforcement to answer policy questions and improve community/police relations.

Ms. Lissy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.