Mary Fetchet, LCSW
Ms. Fetchet is the driving force behind VOICES, an 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 20 years of expertise as a clinical social worker and victims' advocate, influenced VOICES innovative approach to providing long-term support services that promote resiliency in the lives of victims' families, responders and survivors. As a family member, she is committed to commemorating the lives and stories of 9/11. Under her leadership VOICES created the Living Memorial Project, an online collection of over 70,000 photographs that documents the nearly 3,000 lives lost and stories of survivors. More recently, she created the Center of Excellence for Community Resilience, an initiative that shares best practices to help communities prepare for and respond to acts of mass violence and natural disasters. Ms. Fetchet is a strong advocate, promoting awareness about the long-term needs of victims' families and survivors, and public policy reforms to make the country safer.
Ms. Fetchet's work has brought her substantial recognition for her work, including ABC News Person of the Year in 2004, featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Making a Difference and recognized as a Hometown Heroes on DIRECTTV Hometown Heroes Production. In 2013 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Columbia School of Social Work in New York City. She was also a recipient of the National Justice Award (2003), the 'Connecticut Hero' award by Senator Joseph Lieberman (2004), Red Cross Award and Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellowship (2005) and "Connecticut's Most Uncommon Women" Award (2006). An expert on the long-term needs of victims' and survivors, mental health care, preparedness, and national security reforms, she has made countless appearances on national television and at conferences in the US and abroad, and contributes regularly to print and radio.
Ms. Fetchet was instrumental in advocating for the creation of the 9/11 Commission and continues to promote the implementation of reforms to make the country safer. She testified before the 9/11 Commission and the US Congress on five occasions. As a victims' advocate, she promotes issues that impact victims' families, including the process for notification of human remains, the Victim’s Compensation Fund, the creation of the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, and more recently assisting organizations and communities responding to other tragedies.
Ms. Fetchet served on a number of advisory committees, including the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Family Advisory Committee for the 9/11 Memorial, the Mailman School WTC Evacuation Study, the 9/11 Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Commission, the Center For National Policy and is an honorary member of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Alumni Association and alumni of the FBI Citizen's Academy. She was a contributor to the Psychological First Aid and promoted September as preparedness month. More recently, she was the executive director of the publication of a Resource Kit to prepare for and respond to the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by acts of mass violence and natural disasters, and several research projects to quantify the needs of victims' families and survivors.