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Abuse in the Bathtub (Part 1 & 2)
Bath time can be a very dangerous time for some children. Children die every year from neglect, sexual assault, cold-water punishment, scalding and homicidal drowning in bathtubs. This workshop will discuss each of these types of abuse and homicides and also provide attendees with tools to use when investigating bathtub injuries and deaths. Attendees will also learn methods used to recognize land-based drowning homicides that are staged as accidental deaths and learn about red flags pointing towards homicidal drowning deaths staged to be Sudden Unexplained Infant Death. This interactive and practical presentation takes you through case histories as you learn what information to gather on the scene, from the autopsy, and during ensuing investigations.
Accomplice Liability in Child Abuse Cases
Failures to protect cases, like the Sandusky/Paterno case, are all too common. Every day, child abuse professionals are confronted with the question of what to do when people with a legal duty to protect children from abuse turn their backs on the children in their care. This presentation provides participants with a framework for investigating and prosecuting child abuse cases in which a parent/caregiver/guardian failed to protect a victim from abuse. Using case scenarios, the presenter will examine situations in which these abuses occur, the state of the law, and practical tips to guide investigation, charging decisions, and trial strategies.
Advanced Expert Testimony Workshop for Medical Providers and Prosecutors in Abusive Head Trauma Cases (Part 1 & 2)
This advanced workshop is for child abuse prosecutors and medical professionals who testify in abusive head trauma cases. Beyond the basics - we will use transcripts from government and defense expert witness testimony to examine the accuracy and the effectiveness of the questions and the answers. Prosecutors and child abuse medical professionals will work together to create focused and concise direct examinations and testimony. We will also review defense expert testimony in order to understand how to properly cross-examine on the science as well as how to effectively rebut defense testimony with the government’s expert.
Advanced Expert Testimony Workshop for Medical Providers and Prosecutors in Sexual Assault Cases (Part 1 & 2)
This advanced workshop is for prosecutors and medical professionals who testify in child sexual assault cases. Beyond the basics - we will use transcripts from government and defense expert witness testimony to examine the accuracy and the effectiveness of the questions and the answers. Prosecutors and medical professionals will work together to create focused and concise direct examinations and testimony. We will also review defense expert testimony in order to understand how to properly cross-examine on the science as well as how to effectively rebut defense testimony with the government’s expert.
Ages and Stages of Sexual Abuse
Celia Heppner, Sandra Onyinanya, Alinda Shelley
This presentation will discuss elementary information regarding sexual abuse and how each child is affected differently depending upon their stage of development. Normal sexualized behaviors will be reviewed as well as techniques on how to make the examination and entire process more comfortable for the child. Each developmental stage (i.e. toddler, preschool age, school age, adolescent, etc.) will be explored including typical sexual contacts at the age, normal and abnormal sexual activities and possible adverse effects on the child. The medical examination will be reviewed including benefits of child life specialist to decrease patient anxiety.
Alternative Response: CPS Taking an Alternative Path to Child Safety
Traditionally, when a family comes to the attention of child protective services, an “investigation” occurs, which seeks to discover what did or did not happen and identify a perpetrator and a victim. In serious cases, this is the most appropriate approach. This workshop will discuss the new practice called Alternative Response that CPS in Texas is developing. This practice changes the way CPS responds to certain low risk allegations of abuse and neglect. Alternative Response is a more flexible, strength-based approach to engage families, while still focusing on the safety of the children.
Behavior of Child Sex Offenders and their Victims: Grooming and Counter-Intuitive Behavior of Child Victims
This presentation examines grooming behaviors engaged in by child sex offenders and how these behaviors shape the behavior of victims during and post-abuse. Grooming of the victim, self-grooming, grooming of the family, as well as reasons for disclosure or non-disclosure by the victim and reasons why the victim may seem “supportive of” or “attached to” the offender will be addressed. The presenter will also discuss specific research supported variables related to these behaviors that have been shown to impact case outcomes. The presentation contains statistical information as well as offender and victim recorded interviews.
The Best Kept Secret: Mother-Daughter Sexual Abuse (Part 1 & 2)
This workshop describes the complex mother-daughter incestuous relationship - the subtle, yet intentional violations of normal mother-child boundaries, covert and overt abuse and the psychological manipulations used to silence victims. Attendees will learn ways to include mothers as potential perpetrators in prevention programs and in sexual abuse investigations. Six key therapeutic issues for recovery will be discussed. The program concludes with a discussion of both the shared dynamics and the differences between mother-daughter and mother-son incest. The presenter is both an experienced counselor and a resilient survivor of maternal sexual abuse.
Building Major Crimes Investigations Teams
This presentation will examine the benefits of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approaches in criminal investigation. It also details how to conceptualize and build a major crimes investigations team.
Child Abuse Material Evidence in Child Sexual Abuse Investigations
Jim Cole, TBD
Is the crime you are investigating memorialized in images or videos? Are you looking for that type of evidence when conducting your investigations? What better evidence of child sexual abuse is there than images and/or videos of the abuse? This presentation will cover what to look for when conducting child sexual abuse investigations in relation to child abuse material. From gathering facts during the initial report, to interviewing the child victim(s) and suspect(s) to conducting searches, learn what to look for and what questions to ask to see if such evidence exists in your case.
Child Abuse Prevention: How to Get Ahead of the Problem
Sophie Phillips, April Wilson
Every day in United States, approximately 1,850 children are confirmed as having been physically abused, sexually violated, emotionally battered, severely neglected, or even murdered by those caring for them. This failure to protect children from harm has lasting consequences for children and society. For instance, victimized children are more likely to: experience impaired brain development, suffer detrimental health outcomes as children and adults, become involved with the criminal justice system, and abuse their own children later. However, a variety of evidence-based programs can prevent maltreatment along with numerous other detrimental outcomes for children, families, and society as a whole. Attendees will learn about effective programs and about the role professionals from diverse fields (e.g., medical, law enforcement, child welfare, education, etc.) play in stopping abuse before it occurs.
A Close-up Look at Female Offenders in Positions of Trust
We have been slow to acknowledge that some women, working in “positions of trust,” sexually abuse children. This workshop examines recent cases of female teachers found guilty of child sexual abuse, explores the dynamics of their teacher-student relationships and looks at ways that the gender of the perpetrator impacts disclosure, public response and sentencing. An interview with a convicted female sex offender (conducted October 2011) offers unique insights into the phenomenon of teacher-adolescent sexual abuse. Participants will learn proactive strategies for possible prevention and earlier intervention.
Controversies in Child Abuse Medical Evaluations
The medical diagnosis of child physical abuse is rarely completely straightforward and thus requires the medical provider to be thorough in the evaluation of the suspected injuries. This lecture will discuss medical conditions mistaken for abuse, the role of diagnostic studies and consultation with additional medical experts, and the effects of over and under diagnosis of child abuse.
Corroborating the Child Sex Trafficking Case
Catherine De La Paz
The Dallas Police Department High Risk Victims Unit began in 2003 and in the last 11 years its members along with Dallas County prosecutors have routinely convicted pimps with Trafficking of Persons, Compelling Prostitution, and Sexual Assault of a Child cases. The convictions have resulted in substantial sentences handed down by juries. In this workshop you will learn how important corroboration is in a trafficking case. Numerous case studies will be used to demonstrate this point - from cases with limited available evidence to cases with overwhelming digital evidence. Oftentimes jurors and/or judges do not initially view trafficking victims as “true victims.” See how to overcome these perceptions with evidence.
Criminal Street Gangs and Sex Trafficking: The New Frontier
Lindsay Eberhard, Luke Johnson, Alessandra Serano
This presentation will cover how criminal street gangs have moved away from traditional gang crimes such as robbery and drug crimes toward sex trafficking of minors and adults due to the ability to make thousands of dollars in an evening with just one girl. The presentation will discuss how federal and local law enforcement can investigate these gangs, gather various types of evidence in support, working with victims, and how federal laws, including the use of RICO, can prosecute these organized individuals. Attendees will hear about cases that were charged in the Southern District of California, including two that charged over 60 defendants with conspiracy to violate RICO.
Daubert/Frye and Abusive Head Trauma Cases: Getting In and Keeping Out Medical Testimony
Abusive head trauma cases continue to be one of the most contentious and difficult to prosecute. The effective presentation of medical evidence is paramount in achieving successful outcomes. Combating untrue medical defenses is highly technical and requires a significant amount of preparation. Pretrial motions to admit or to exclude certain medical testimony can often make or break the case. This workshop will examine the science of abusive head trauma as it relates to the principles outlined in Daubert/Frye. Prosecutors will leave with an understanding of how to apply the science to the law in order to admit or exclude/limit medical testimony.
Debunking Myths about Child Pornography; the Benefits of Prosecuting "Just Pictures" Defendants
This presentation starts by debunking commonly held myths about child pornography and sex offenders, and goes on to address the benefits of investigation and prosecution of "just pictures" defendants in light of significant overlap between offenders who use child pornography and those who sexually abuse children off-line. There are also touches on wellness, and investigative and interview techniques. The presentation is primarily for law enforcement, and is particularly beneficial for those who are relatively new to the field, or who could use some re-motivation.
Improve your interview skills. Learn how to tell when someone is editing something out of a verbal or written statement. This workshop will cover the basics of Discourse Analysis, a lexical and syntactical approach to analyzing statements. Using clear examples, Dr. Tanner will explain how a respondent’s shifts in words and grammar can point interviewers to “hot spots” in a statement that need to be probed. You will never listen to a conversation or interview the same way again if you attend this session.
Dispatch to Verdict: Corroborating Evidence in Sexual Abuse Cases
Nancy Hebert, Todd Hoff, Nikki Neeley
What do law enforcement, ICAC, CPS, forensic interviewers, therapists, SANE nurses, and prosecutors have in common when it comes to child sexual abuse? They are all multidisciplinary team members who within their independent disciplines ensure a child’s well being and enhance a child’s credibility through the development of corroborating evidence. This presentation will consist of real life case examples that demonstrate how unexpected evidence will impact an investigation or a trial. These examples will include how graphic videos, DNA collection, SANE exams, information from forensic interviews, and even one page from school records became vital corroborating evidence. Many times verdicts depend on the child’s credibility. This presentation emphasizes ways to develop corroborating evidence to provide a safety net of credibility for a child at trial.
Does a Sex Offender’s Risk Diminish Over Time? (Part 1 & 2)
Sex offenders will often cite old age or the fact they have not offended for over 20 years to support their assertion that they no longer represent a risk of sexual harm to children. Attorneys will point to actuarial risk assessment tools as proof that older offenders present a lower risk of reconviction. So is it safe to assume that risk will diminish as time passes? This presentation will consider this issue using a case study to explore how sex offenders’ patterns of behavior adapt and change over the years.
Domestic Trafficking: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines (Part 1 & 2)
Jenia Brown, Al Krok, Ali Wolf
For 15 years Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) has served girls and young women in New York City who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) and domestic trafficking (DT). In this two-part workshop, GEMS trainers will provide foundational knowledge of CSE and domestic trafficking of children in regard to language, terms and definitions, criminal behaviors and market forces: supply, demand, motivation as well as the relation of trauma bonds and Stockholm Syndrome to victims of CSE and DT. The presenters will discuss misconceptions and common stigmatizations in our society. Participants will gain knowledge on best practices in identifying, engaging and interviewing victims, and investigating domestic trafficking cases.
The Drug Endangered Child from a Medical Perspective
The drug endangered child is a common occurrence, as evidenced by the fact that over 17% of child fatality cases referred to CPS in 2012 were associated with a caregiver who had a risk factor of drug abuse. This presentation will address the epidemiology of drug-endangered children, the impact of intrauterine drug exposure, the risks for children exposed to a clandestine laboratory, the medical workup for children exposed to a drug environment, and the prognosis for drug-endangered children. Real-world case examples will be used for illustration and emphasis.
Drugs, DV and Dirty Houses- Outcomes of Voluntary CPS Cases
Debra Anderson, Gene Klein
As states increase their efforts to keep children out of foster care, it is crucial that successful outcomes are defined and studied. The purpose of this presentation is to present the outcomes of voluntary (non-adjudicated) child welfare cases in a mid-size metropolitan area. Additionally, the types of child maltreatment issues and family characteristics that are better suited for voluntary services will be presented.
Fighting Pimps: The Struggle to Save Our Daughters
This workshop will examine the ever-evolving landscape of trafficking crimes and offer investigative strategies to combat them. The presenter, the author of the best selling true crime book Off the Streets, will discuss the reality of the pimp/prostitute culture and will refute the commonly held misconceptions and the media propaganda about the sex trade. Techniques and best practices for investigating and convicting human traffickers who trade in human misery will be presented. Lastly, techniques for providing teens with tools and techniques to protect themselves will be discussed.
Five B's of Child Physical Abuse: Bruises, Burns, Bones, Bellies, and Brains (Part 1 & 2)
This workshop will review the variety of injuries seen in cases of child physical abuse. The discussion will be case based and include examples of abusive and non-abusive injuries. The lecture will be geared for CPS workers, law enforcement investigators, and attorneys to learn the basic aspects of child physical abuse injuries.
Grooming: Making You See What I Want You to See and Believe
The investigation of child abuse is challenging, and the pursuit of evidence associated with the grooming of children, caregivers, and the community environment provides opportunities for investigators to pursue additional evidence. This workshop will provide an overview of research related to grooming and propose a new framework for the concept of grooming which could dramatically modify current investigatory practices, in addition to enhancing current forensic interviewing efforts.
Hands are Not for Hitting: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
Domestic violence is a devastating social problem that impacts all segments of society. Although awareness regarding the pervasiveness and effects of family violence is increasing, the understanding of the ramifications of the effects of domestic violence often focuses on the primary victims. Studies indicate that millions of children witness the abuse of a parent or caregiver each year. Research also shows that domestic violence may be the number one indicator of child abuse and neglect. This workshop explores the effects of witnessing domestic violence has on children who live in homes where family violence occurs.
Homicidal Drowning and Immersion Abuse (Part 1 & 2)
This presentation will describe in detail six types of immersion abuse. Participants will be able to distinguish each type of immersion abuse, how they can happen, and what factors generally contribute to the abuse. Participants will also be informed of how abusers can make the abuse seem accidental. The presenter will also discuss how Munchausen by Proxy apparent life threatening events can easily be created by forced water aspiration.
How to Effect Change: The I’s of Legislative Advocacy
Jerry Madden, Madeline McClure
This presentation will provide participants with a framework of the current landscape of the Child Protective Services System across the US, the financial and social consequences of child maltreatment, and why their skills are needed in the child welfare legislative advocacy efforts happening worldwide. The workshop also will educate participants of the “I's” of advocacy work and equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to effect change in the world of policy that is frequently shifting and often unpredictable, using concrete examples. The workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn how they can be directly involved in the legislative advocacy process and how they are uniquely positioned to make a large-scale impact.
If You Feed Them, They Will Come! How to Build an Effective MDT!
Are you in the process of building a new multidisciplinary team? Are you having a difficult time engaging other disciplines in the collaborative approach to investigating your cases on a more established team? This presentation will discuss common issues facing many MDT's today and offer practical steps for building a more effective team and stronger cases. It will emphasize how a greater understanding of roles and responsibilities of each discipline is key to building trust and respect amongst team members. Case review, trainings, team building and handling conflict within the team are just a few additional topics to be covered.
Immigration Relief for Undocumented Children Who Are Victims of Crime
Immigrant children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned, or who have otherwise been the victim of a crime, are among the most vulnerable people our justice system serves. Without documentation, these children have limited opportunity for future success and are vulnerable to ongoing victimization. They may be fearful of reporting they have been a victim of a crime in part because they believe they will be deported from the United States if they come forward. Many of these children are eligible for immigration relief. This presentation will provide an overview of potential immigration relief options available to immigrant children who are crime victims, with a focus on the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status, U-Visas, T-Visas, and Violence Against Women Act Self-Petitions.
Imperfect Leadership: Your Secret to Success
This presentation is an inspirational and dramatic look at the crucial “imperfect” skills that leaders need to know in order to succeed in today’s high-pressured environment. In this challenging workshop, participants will uncover the following secrets: how making a “good” mistake can propel you to greater opportunities; realizing that being an imperfect leader is the secret to building your team; why a seemingly “weak” character trait may be your ticket to success.
Interdiction for the Protection Of Children (IPC): A Proactive Approach to Combating Child Exploitation
Cody Mitchell, Derek Prestridge
The sad truth is that law enforcement agencies are not doing all that they can to search for missing or exploited children. The presenters will discuss how your agency can use uniformed officers to combat all types of child victimization. The presenters will share techniques that can be coupled with routine police duties, greatly increasing the likelihood of identifying victimized children and their offenders. The workshop will include examples of cases using these interdiction techniques.
Interrogation: A 360-Degree Perspective (Part 1 & 2)
Kevin Navarro, John Palmer
This workshop will share the results of a joint project by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and the Dallas Police Department (DPD). Videotaped interrogations of homicide suspects conducted by Dallas homicide detectives were analyzed, along with videotaped interviews of the detectives and now-incarcerated suspects. Those interviews explored the philosophy and methodology of the detectives as well as the opinions of the suspects. This presentation will share what was learned. It focuses on principles of interpersonal dynamics, rapport building, methods by which a confession is elicited, and interrogation philosophy. Key segments of video from the interrogation will be presented combined with videotaped perspective on these aspects of the interrogation from the investigator and the now-incarcerated suspect, providing a 360-degree look at critical steps and principles associated with a criminal interrogation.
Interrogation of the Child Sex Trafficking Suspect: Overcoming Challenges of the “Pimp” Interrogation
Interrogations of child exploitation suspects are the most difficult in law enforcement. There is no crime that attaches more stigma than that of sexually exploiting a child. Of these interrogations, that of a “pimp” is the most challenging. Their psychopathic behaviors make them a formidable adversary for law enforcement. In this workshop you will learn: how a pimp presents in the interrogation room and why; proven methods to attack their weaknesses and gain a confession; the interrogation of the “bottom girl.” Many times she may have been with the pimp for years and prepared extensively for contact with law enforcement. You will learn how to approach her and learn about parts of the pimp’s business only she and the pimp know.
Interview and Interrogation of Juveniles in Crimes Against Children Cases (Part 1 & 2)
Kelly Burke, Mary Murphy, James Nawoichyk
According to recent research, when law enforcement officers use traditional adult interrogation techniques with juveniles, they are much more likely to obtain false confessions. This workshop presents key components of IACP and OJJDP's recommended juvenile interview and interrogation techniques for law enforcement. Strategies, techniques and cautions will be provided for analyzing behavior, developing rapport, and conducting effective interviews and interrogations of juveniles. Case examples and actual footage of juvenile interrogations in crimes against children cases will be presented and discussed to illustrate where mistakes were made and successful investigative techniques worked. Part I will focus on building rapport with youth and analyzing juvenile behavior. Part II will focus on juvenile interview and interrogation techniques.
Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking: Awareness and Response
Dan Mills, Shannon Posern
This presentation focuses on the unique dynamics involved in working with a minor victim of sex trafficking including risk factors making individuals vulnerable to sex trafficking, the recruitment and seasoning process, various rules and beliefs of the sex trafficking culture, adolescent development, victim differences, trauma bonding, dissociative disorders and the role and purpose of a multidisciplinary team.
Keeping the Passion, Focusing on Mission
This presentation is an invigorating journey that revisits the reasons we are drawn to the world of nonprofit leadership: Passion and Mission. Yet, these two motivations often become obscured by daily minutiae, and can even create competing priorities. In this challenging workshop, participants will uncover practical tools to: stay focused on mission when one's passion seems to be in conflict; know when to draw a line in the sand...and when not to; be laser focused, and ways to avoid common blind spots.
Kik and Law Enforcement
Nicole Nearing, Lisa van Heugten
This workshop will provide an overview of Kik’s processes and resources for law enforcement on cases involving Kik Messenger, including a review of how Kik Messenger works, a quick look at our law enforcement guide, and an overview of the information that might be available from Kik in different situations.
Knock and Talk Investigations – Maximum Results with Minimum Manpower
Michael Johnson, John Pirics
This workshop will draw from several years of experience in child exploitation investigations that have been initiated by consensual contact (knock and talks). The presenters will provide successful techniques to gain and maintain consent, tips on maximizing the interview, methods for triaging knock and talk targets, and overall strategies for the different types of situations and individuals that are encountered. This information will be blended with examples from cases that the presenters have worked together, many of which have resulted in both child rescues and significant prison sentences for offenders.
The Law Enforcement Freenet Project
This presentation will introduce students to Freenet and the Black Ice Project. Freenet is a distributed, Internet-wide, peer-to-peer Internet overlay network designed to allow anonymous and censorship resistant publication and distribution of information. The system is regularly used to distribute and download child abuse material. The Black Ice Project is an effort of the ICAC task force to discover a way to identify subjects using Freenet to exchange child abuse material and develop sufficient probable cause to obtain a search warrant. This session will describe the basic functioning of Freenet, how it is used by persons exchanging child abuse material, the system’s vulnerabilities and how the Black Ice project exploits them.
Learn How to Protect Kids in Your Community
Want to learn about safety risks and how you can protect children on and offline? Attend this workshop to hear about the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s prevention programs that are all FREE and available for you to use in your community. Issues such as cyberbullying, sexual abuse, and abduction will be discussed and safety tools you can implement, like animated videos, will be highlighted. You will leave this session better informed and ready to address these risks.
Legal and Ethical Considerations of the Use of Social Media in Criminal Cases
Andrew Goldsmith, Linda Seabrook
We live in the age of social media – of oversharing, “liking” and “checking in.” Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and other applications have become useful tools in the investigator or prosecutor’s arsenal; but there are pitfalls to be aware of when using social media in criminal cases. In this workshop the presenters will discuss relevant case law and recent examples of when “friending” someone can go wrong, or oversharing on your own social media outlets can potentially derail your case, or your career.
Legal Issues Related to Missing, Endangered and Abducted Children
This workshop will focus on many legal issues affecting the search for and investigation of cases involving missing children. Among the topics that will be discussed are recurring Fourth Amendment issues (emergency aid doctrine, the exigent circumstances doctrine, as well as more recent developments impacting the use of tracking devices and other technology), and Fifth Amendment issues including recent cases defining the scope of Miranda and revolving around the application of the Public Safety Exception.
Living With The Memories
People working crimes against women and children see and hear many things they would rather not. These memories can have a disturbing effect on professionals and their families. Based on his 43+ years’ experience working in criminal justice, Dr. Tanner explains what's behind the secondary trauma of working these cases and provides simple but effective steps we can take to help us live with these stories and images once we have seen and heard them. You owe it to yourself and your family to attend this session.
Locating Child Trafficking Victims: Making the Invisible Child Visible
The Dallas high-risk victim model is a nationally recognized model proven to be extremely effective in locating child victims of sex trafficking, who are well hidden within the population of high-risk kids. The model focuses on three segments of high-risk behaviors: chronic runaways, Internet exploitation, and a newly identified High Needs Victim, the Continuously Exploited Child (CEC.) In this workshop you will learn how to define, identify, and locate these types of high risk victims within your community and implement strategies to address their exploitation, curb future victimization, and prevent or reduce risky behavior through community partnership and multi-disciplinary team approach. High risk kids are truly the forgotten population by our system. Learn how to get them the help they need and stop their exploitation.
Making Better Decisions when Prosecuting for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Images
Katharina Booth, Jim Tanner
Most “possession only” cases are dealt with through plea negotiations. Unfortunately, these negotiations are often made with little knowledge of the offender’s actual risk. This workshop explains and discusses a unique approach to charging and plea negotiations, which provides a more accurate basis for ultimate case dispositions. Through an agreement forged between the District Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement Computer Forensic Labs, and Probation this novel approach has vastly improved the 20th Judicial District’s decision making and handling of these cases. The pre-plea process will be explained and case examples provided to help participants understand and potentially implement this process on all computer facilitated sex crimes. If you are concerned with the efficacy of plea negotiations in your jurisdiction, you should attend this session.
Making the Most of Your Medical Team Expertise for Physical Abuse Evaluations
Working with your medical team for child physical abuse cases requires ordering the right tests, at the right time and interpretation of the those tests, along with understanding the mechanics of the injuries (and how the tests might confirm those mechanics). This workshop will review the medical expertise in the evaluation of bruises and burns, and how to team that with the legal investigation (pre-court and for court).
Men Who Molest Boys: Perhaps the Most Persistent of all Child Molesters
Retired FBI profiler and noted author Kenneth Lanning wrote, “men sexually attracted to young adolescent boys are the most persistent and prolific child molesters known to the criminal justice system.” Studies have shown that male-target pedophiles may have significantly more victims over the course of their lifetime, as well as higher recidivism rates when compared to female-target offenders. This workshop will take a closer look at men who are sexually attracted to boys. The presentation is based, in part, on a series of prison interviews conducted by the presenter with more than 75 convicted child molesters, but it will also touch on other more extensive research involving larger groups of offenders.
The Mysterious Medical Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse
The lecture will focus on the medical evaluation of suspected child sexual abuse. The lecture will include discussion on examination technique, examination findings, and sexually transmitted infections. The lecture will discuss the medical literature as it pertains to medical findings (or lack of findings) in suspected sexual abuse. Case examples will be used to illustrate the complexities of the medical evaluation.
The Neglect of Neglect
This workshop will review neglect: including the medical evaluation you should expect, a review of the potential outcomes (developmental, medical, etc.) for the neglected child and the team approach for the most common type of maltreatment we care for. This collection of children represents one of our best opportunities to correct or halt the effects of maltreatment before it changes the child.
A Non-Confrontational Approach To Interviewing and Interrogating Child Abuse Suspects (Part 1 & 2)
This presentation will teach and reinforce the fundamentals of the Wicklander-Zulawski Non-Confrontational Interview and Interrogation Method. Instruction, specific to child abuse investigations, will include proven techniques to overcome resistance, offer rationalizations, handle denials, detect deception and evaluate truthfulness. Participants will learn to assess verbal and non-verbal behavior and become more effective at educing information and obtaining admissions. Using a structured non-confrontational approach, an investigator is often able to obtain a confession without the suspect ever making a denial or protesting his innocence. In addition, the resulting confession often includes information not revealed during the investigation.
Online Hunting: Understanding the Technology So We Can Protect Kids
With the nonstop emergence of technology, predators are gaining access to children for exploitive purposes easier than ever before. Even computer games designed for preschoolers have functions that allow for access by strangers. Social websites designed for teenagers can provide platforms for cyber bulling, sextortion, and luring for illegal sexual purposes. Understanding the ways in which children and teenagers are vulnerable, allows us to better serve this population in our professional roles, as well as to protect and prevent online luring and exploitation. This workshop will provide an overview of technology-facilitated crimes against children.
The Path of Child Sex Abuse Images: From Victimization to Restitution
Cristina Fernandez, Lauren Schuette
Child sexual abuse images have a lifecycle that touches representatives from many agencies throughout the world as we work collaboratively to combat this problem. From the abuse and its documentation, to distribution and investigation, and ultimately to rescue and restitution, child pornography images form part of an ecosystem that involves hotlines, NCMEC, industry, and law enforcement, among others. Come learn about the path these files take from a victim-centered standpoint, and how your help and participation in the “chain” is pivotal to rescuing children featured in child sexual abuse images. The role of NCMEC’s CyberTipline and Child Victim Identification Program, how they interact and are connected, along with their resources for investigators, will be discussed in depth. Case studies will be used to highlight the concepts.
Peer-to-Peer Investigations: A Prosecutors View
Sean Costello, Camille Sparks
The presentation will describe the essentials for a successful peer-to-peer prosecution for law enforcement and prosecutors. Specifically, the presentation will include the evidence necessary to meet the essential elements of a federal child pornography case, what to look for at the scene, and the interview of the defendant—from an evidentiary as well as a legal perspective. As part of the presentation, a case study of a Gigatribe prosecution that went to trial will be discussed. Included in the discussion will be how to prepare for a trial, evidence challenges, and direct and cross examination examples. Finally, the presentation will discuss the evidence that is extremely helpful in a peer-to-peer investigation for an appropriate sentence for the crime.
Peer-to-Peer: The “Triune” Approach (Part 1 & 2)
Will Jones, Chad, Meli, Jeff Shackelford
From the case agent to the courtroom, this presentation will take you through a unique and methodical approach to peer-to-peer child pornography cases. With this approach teamwork is paramount. Presented by investigative, forensic and prosecutorial team members, this presentation aims to bridge the gap between these three areas. See how utilizing this collaborative approach from inception to adjudication spawns efficiency, produces enhanced results and ultimately puts more “bad guys” behind bars. This presentation will help educate the peer-to-peer investigator, examiner, and prosecutor, to better understand the roles each member plays, and why this cohesive understanding is imperative to consistent success. The presenters will discuss actual cases and will be open to questions throughout.
The Problem of the "Low Hanging Fruit": Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Images
Katharina Booth, Jim Tanner
Investigators, forensic labs, prosecutors, and probation departments are being deluged with P2P “possession only” cases. These cases are semi-automated in their discovery, relatively easy convictions, and help stem the tide of child exploitation. They also present significant problems for the justice system. Emerging data indicates it is often “not just pictures”, but these cases are frequently closed after plea-bargaining based only on possession charges. Despite the relative speed at which these cases move through the justice system, they consume large amounts of limited resources and potentially divert resources from more significant exploitation. This workshop identifies the issues surrounding these cases, their effect on justice system resources, and discusses possible solutions to the growing problem.
Project VIC: The Mass Data Problem, A Global Initiative
Rich Brown, Jim Cole, John Madsen
Today law enforcement is seizing massive amounts of digital data, a large portion of which is image and video data. Our current tools are largely inefficient at dealing with these massive collections of image and video data. Our current methods of deconfliction are also largely silo’d and inefficient as well. In this workshop you will learn about Project VIC which addresses these issues by putting together an ecosystem of tools which take advantage of innovative technologies and methods like PhotoDNA, Visual Similarity Search, Robust Hash Technologies, Media Categorization, Quality Controlled Hashsets, Intelligence Attributes, etc. The presenters will discuss how these tools, combined with new methods, help us quickly get rid of non-pertinent data, set aside pertinent material we’ve seen before and focus on material that is new, where new child victims will be discovered.
Promoting Wellness in Your Department
This workshop will introduce supervisors to effective management techniques to assure healthy longevity of exposed personnel. This seminar is relevant to managers, in any profession, who are exposed to child pornography including prosecutors, probation/parole, and law enforcement. This training is part of the Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training (SHIFT) wellness program funded by an OJJDP Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Training and Technical Assistant Grant.
Prosecuting Abuse Against Authority Figures (Part 1 & 2)
This workshop will focus on the prosecution of individuals who abuse positions of trust, particularly within institutions such as schools and churches. The presenter will examine ways to build a strong case, to work with institutions and their rules, to manage media attention, and to protect victims and their families. Lastly, trial strategies, including jury selection, will be discussed.
Protecting Children by Getting Mom Out of a Domestic Violence Situation
Protecting children who live in a home with domestic violence is both frustrating and challenging for law enforcement, CPS and child advocates. Children in these settings are not only exposed to the violence they witness, they are often abused themselves. To combat this problem, professionals must feel a sense of urgency to create a safe environment for the child - one that is free from domestic violence. This presentation will discuss ideas and strategies that will allow you to use your sense of urgency to prepare the mother for the long ‘marathon’ of leaving the violent relationship and protecting her children.
Randy and Me: A Prosecutor’s Story of His Childhood Sexual Abuse
This presentation will recount Kevin’s own story of sexual exploitation at the hands of his soccer coach, Randy. But, it will not be merely a retelling of the past. Instead, the presentation will address lessons learned from his case by combining Kevin’s experience both as a victim and a long-time prosecutor of child exploitation cases. Knowing what he knows now, Kevin believes there are lessons to be learned from his story for the investigator (his was great), the prosecutor (his was terrible), and the forensic interviewer (he did not have one). Beyond these (hopefully) useful lessons, the presentation will provide plenty of time for questions from attendees. Given the nature of our work, we don’t often get to ask questions (beyond factual questions) of our child victims. This presentation will provide that opportunity.
Recent Research Regarding Child Abuse Investigations
This workshop is intended for all levels of professionals who are involved in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse. We are working in a continually changing field, and it is critical that direct service providers stay abreast of the current research affecting our work. This workshop will provide a general review of recent research affecting child abuse investigations and prosecutions and challenge the attendees to relate this information to their current practices in the field.
Repairing the Caregiver Relationship to Truly Heal from Abuse
The number one factor in promoting resilience in a child who has lived with child abuse or domestic violence is creating a strong primary caregiver relationship. This workshop will provide an easy understanding of the impact of fear on the brain and will help law enforcement, therapists, and advocates recognize how to decrease the toxic stressors that impede attachment. You will learn how to use innovative techniques based in neuroscience to foster a strong relationship between child and primary caregiver.
Resiliency 101: From Victim to Survivor
Some victims of childhood abuse perpetuate the cycle; others grow to be safe, nurturing adults. How can we influence which path they will choose? This workshop identifies seven key steps to becoming a resilient survivor - steps that can help a victim to overcome trauma and to develop a “survivor’s perspective.” Attendees will learn how to use the “language of resiliency” to identify and reinforce victims’ strengths, positively impacting their self-perceptions. The presenter is both an experienced counselor and a resilient survivor of maternal sexual abuse.
Risk Assessment and Management of Sex Offenders in the Community
Professionals often have limited time to gather the information necessary to inform their risk assessments during their contact with sex offenders during compliance checks or other encounters. This presentation explores what is achievable in a 45-minute risk assessment/compliance check/risk management interview. The content includes a semi-structured interview designed to extract the maximum amount of information in the time critical interview. The process is illustrated using video of actual interviews with offenders.
School Safety: Are You Ready?
This workshop will focus on school safety and security. The presenter will discuss physical security, emergency preparedness, and responding to real time incidents. During this workshop attendees will discuss how to make a school campus safe before an incident occurs. As school shootings continue to happen it is the grunt work like emergency plans and basic communication that have to take place as each new school year starts. The chance of an actual school shooting is much less than being struck by lightning. However, allowing a sexual predator or an irate parent onto your campus can happen every day that school is in session. When looking at school safety you need to be concerned about the exceptional, but you need to focus on the common safety problems that every school campus faces.
Sexual Abuse Treatment Using Integrative Play Therapy (Parts 1 – 4)
This full-day workshop will emphasize an integrative approach to using play therapy with victims of childhood sexual abuse to facilitate healing, growth, and recovery. Attendees will learn strategies for addressing the complex treatment needs of sexually abused individuals using both post traumatic play metaphors and directive play therapy interventions. Case examples will be utilized to demonstrate the clinical application of integrative play therapy with victims of sexual abuse.
The Sexually Abused Child: Fear, Silence and Shame
Sexually abused children are often the victims of ongoing abuse that can last for many years without disclosure. In this workshop you will learn how to understand the medical evidence, cognitive development in children, counterintuitive victim behavior, delayed disclosure and many other issues that can affect these cases.
Dan Powers, Michael Sullivan
Burnout, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue are strong indicators that exposure to child pornography is affecting you negatively, but are they recognizable? How about the more subtle clues that may indicate that the effects are creeping up on you? In this session, you will learn the major and minor changes that you may be experiencing and what you can do to protect yourself from harm. This training is part of the Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training (SHIFT) wellness program funded by an OJJDP Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Training and Technical Assistant Grant.
The Six Principles of Successful Board/CEO Partnerships
Nonprofit boards are often riddled with political and functional challenges that creep into the running of the organization, conflicting with operations and inhibiting effectiveness, despite everyone’s devotion to the same set of goals. Based on his book The Nonprofit Secret, the presenter shares the Six Principles that can unlock an organization’s potential and lead to successful board/CEO partnerships. Participants will: discover the simplest, but often overlooked, keys to strong Board-CEO relationships; uncover strategic ways to empower all members of your board; develop skills to effectively set achievable goals and evaluate performance.
Successfully Interviewing the Child Sex Trafficking Victim
Catherine De La Paz
This presentation will address the difficult child sex trafficking victim interview. The presenter has interviewed hundreds of child sex trafficking victims and will paint an accurate picture of the challenges of interviewing a child detained during a trafficking investigation who has not made an outcry regarding the situation. In this workshop you will learn measures to increase the chances the child will give an accurate account of their exploitation. A case study will be used, which demonstrates the manner in which a typical child sex trafficking victim presents. Participants will be taken through how the information presented applied in the case. Any investigator who deals with adolescent children, particularly those who are uncooperative at the onset of an investigation, may benefit from this course.
Suffer from Burnout? Give’em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!
This workshop will discuss burnout, which affects millions of Americans each year and has been called “the disease of our civilization.” Professionals who help protect children have a high risk of developing burnout. But there’s good news -- burnout can be healed. The presenter, a former 20-year elected district attorney, personally experienced burnout and then conquered it. He has since become a “burnout expert” and has written and published on the subject and has taught thousands of people how to overcome burnout. Attendees will be laughing, and at the same time learning Mark’s F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves or their co-workers avoid and/or recover from burnout. This is a training that you won’t want to miss!
Supporting Professionals Who Come in Contact with Child Pornography
This workshop is for mental health professionals who are or may be working as part of a multidisciplinary team responding to child pornography cases. The workshop will address the complex emotional reaction of those who are directly and indirectly impacted by working in “this world.” We will explore the unique role that mental health professionals can play in supporting, both the individuals who work these cases and the people that are important to them. This training is part of the Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training (SHIFT) wellness program funded by an OJJDP Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Training and Technical Assistant Grant.
Ten Things You Should Know About Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Part 1 & 2)
Although boys and men are victims of sexual violence in staggering numbers, male survivors slip through the cracks far too often. On average, it takes a male survivor 20 years to disclose being abused, a major obstacle to successful capture and prosecution of offenders. This presentation gives an overview of the unique challenges male survivors face, the harmful myths that discourage both boys and men from coming forward, and presents best practices for supporting their healing. The presenter is a resilient survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and the material is appropriate for both professional and lay audiences.
Understanding Sex Offenders (Part 1 & 2)
This workshop focuses professionals on the cognitive set of the intrafamilial and position of trust sex offender. We will expand and clarify elements of investigation, prosecution and effective containment. We will discuss sex offenders' perceptions, ideation, grooming strategies and cognitive processes. The impact of the Internet and the offenders' digital behavior will be explored and explained. Participants will leave this session with a new understanding of sex offenders, their thoughts and digital behaviors which will enhance the ability to investigate, prosecute, supervise and treat sex offenders.
Unmasking the Sexual Offender (Part 1 & 2)
Sexual offenders present complex issues in investigation, prosecution, management, and treatment. This workshop will unmask the sexual offender and reveal their thinking, fantasies, techniques, and influence of the victim and the community. Sex offender methods with victims, manipulation of the community, and deception of others will be explored.
Using Cell Phone Data in Abduction Cases (Part 1 & 2)
This presentation will discuss the use of cell phone and cell tower data when investigating child abductions and other major cases.
Very Young Girls: GEMS Documentary Screening with Q&A
Jenia Brown, Al Krok, Ali Wolf
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) will screen their documentary Very Young Girls. The critically acclaimed documentary is used as a backdrop for probing insightful discussion about the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). After viewing the film, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions, react to themes raised in the film, and respond to questions raised by the facilitators. The following are commonly discussed topics: Stereotypes about girls involved in the commercial sex industry; Relationship between child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation of children; Contradictions between laws that protect girls from sexual abuse/exploitation and those that criminalize these underage girls; Specific types of services commercially sexually exploited youth require.
Victim Identification Image and Video Analysis
This presentation covers the Homeland Security Investigations Victim Identification Program. Attendees will learn how a global network of law enforcement officers enhance and analyze child abuse material to cull the clues out that can lead to the identification and rescue of child victims, identification and apprehension of the offender(s) and identification and location of the crime scene(s). In this workshop you will see how cutting edge technology, married with boots on the ground detective work, leads to the rescue of child victims.
Warning Signs in Fatal Child Abuse
When a child is killed, we often ask, “was this preventable?” Time and again, fatal child abuse cases have commonalities in family and perpetrator dynamics. This presentation will focus on these similarities in child fatality cases that can be used to inform current investigations and prosecutions. Characteristics of mothers who kill, links between domestic violence and child abuse, mental health issues, and drug abuse are just some of the topics that will be covered in this workshop as they relate to the perpetration of deadly violence on children.
When the Child Can’t Tell You What Happened
Pre-verbal children are often the victims of the most heinous forms of abuse. In this workshop you will learn how to build a strong case circumstantially by understanding the significance of the child’s injuries, what the crimes scene can tell you and how to best utilize the surrounding witnesses and other evidence to enhance your case to the fullest.
Women Who Molest Children: Offender Typologies
This workshop begins with findings that were learned from in-depth interviews with eighteen women who had been convicted of molesting children, but goes well beyond that to include cases from across the nation as well as data from other recently published material on this topic. The presenter will discuss past and current offender typologies for female child molesters, including his five distinct typologies that were first published in 2006.
Young People Who Engage in Problematic Sexual Behavior
Increasingly in this field, professionals are required to deal with cases where children are engaged in the sexual exploitation of other children. In some cases there is a suggestion the behavior might be peer experimentation while in others there is a clear power imbalance in the relationship between the two children. This presentation explores some of the difficulties associated with evaluating the appropriate response to problematic sexual behavior in children.