Mass Casualty Summit Comes to San Francisco


News from the Office of District Attorney GeorgeGascón



April 23, 2019

Twitter: @GeorgeGascon

CONTACT:     ALEX BASTIAN (415) 553-1931          |         MAX SZABO (415) 553-9089




SAN FRANCISCO – Tomorrow and Thursday, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Victims Services Division will host a California Mass Casualty Summit.  The summit will provide information and resources to providers to help prepare them to respond and support victims and loved ones impacted by mass casualty events in their communities.  In light of the troubling increase in these types of events, 50 of the 58 Victim Services Divisions from across the state are scheduled to participate.  They will be joined by federal and state law enforcement agencies, non-profits, foundations, and other service providers from across California to learn best-practices in the event of a mass casualty crime in their community. 


SFDA’s Victims Services Division developed one of the first models for mass casualty response in California, the Victim Services Mass Casualty Critical Response Team.  The team is comprised of trained, multilingual advocates who are deployed at the request of various entities in response to a mass casualty crime.  This model program resulted in the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) making $5.8 million ($100,000 per CA county) in funding available for counties to provide similar service models across the state. 


Sessions at the summit include presentations from FEMA on active shooter response, AirBnb in regards to their Open Homes initiative, and from the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding death notification.



The California Victim Services Summit is a forum for victim service providers, disaster response managers, and other allied professionals to share training and resources in order to build new community-based collaborations.  There will also be a panel discussion on Victim Forums After the Thousand Oaks Shooting (including Anita Ahuja of CalVCB, Rachael Watkins and Mike Jump of the Ventura County DA’s Office, and Marcus Grimmie of The Christina Grimmie Foundation).



George Gascón, San Francisco District Attorney

Gena Castro Rodriguez, Chief of Victim Services Division

Catherine Stefani, San Francisco District 2 Supervisor

Gina Buccieri-Harrington, Assistant Director, CalOES


WHEN: Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday, April 25th at 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


WHERE: California State Building, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102




  • California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES)
  • The California Victims Compensation Board
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Victim Services Division
  • The National Transportation Safety Board
  • AirBnb’s Disaster Response and Relief Program
  • FEMA Region IX
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • The Counseling Team International
  • DRAN Network
  • San Bernardino County District Attorney Victim Witness
  • Waymakers
  • Tehama County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness
  • NorCal Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NorCal VOAD)
  • 2-1-1 Alameda County and 2-1-1 Ventura County
  • Catholic Charities of the East Bay
  • Assistance Dogs of the West