Workshops

Current as of 3/20/17 - Updates will occur periodically



Abusive Minds Think Alike
Kristen Howell, Carrie Paschall
As investigators we know that usually where there is one form of abuse, there may likely be others. Because of this, it is imperative that we know the characteristics of the many different crimes and offenders we are investigating, as they often reside in the same home and often are the same person. This presentation will discuss some very basic dynamics of child sexual abuse and will correlate the similarities in characteristics of the crime, characteristics of the offender, disclosure process and patterns, victim grooming, recantation, and compliant victim characteristics to those that also exist in domestic violence. Attendees will be able to identify multiple similarities between these two types of offenders.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Prob, Parole, VA, FI, CPS, CAC

Advanced Safety Planning 
Bronwyn Blake, Amanda Elkanick
In this workshop participants will learn how to help victims of intimate partner violence and sexual assault create an individualized plan to help reduce the risks they and their children face. This presentation will move beyond the basic safety plan and identify unique circumstances that require additional safety precautions and practices.
Target Audience: All Attendees 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study: What You Need to Know to Identity, Intervene and Interrupt
Jane Straub
Experiences in childhood matter. Numerous research studies have shown how childhood stress and trauma can impact adult health. The Ace Study is the largest study investigating the health and social effects of negative childhood experiences. Now that we have the research, what can we do about it? The cycle of violence, generational poverty and abuse, homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, perpetration and victimization of violence are all related to ACE’s. Strategies such as identification and assessment, reducing risk and exposure and nurturing resiliency and skill building are effective interventions. Changing the negative course that many children are on is our best way to prevent abuse in future generations. This presentation will increase your knowledge of trauma and provide ways to work with children, families and communities to reduce the impact of trauma.
Target Audience: All attendees

Ages and Stages of Child Sexual Abuse
Sandra Onyi, Lisa Schuster
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 also be reviewed according to age of the child.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Medical, FI, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Anatomical Dolls and Diagrams
Rita Farrell, Victor Vieth 
In recent years, several researchers have challenged the utility of both anatomical dolls and diagrams in a forensic interview. Although some researchers have recommended caution or limitation on the usage of media, others have boldly called for a “moratorium” on the usage of these tools and have said those who use dolls or diagrams are engaging in conduct “eerily similar” to “ancient divination techniques.” Although there is a small body of research on the use of anatomical diagrams, there are more than 100 studies on the usage of anatomical dolls and most of this research supports their usage. The presenters will provide an overview of their recently published position paper on Anatomical Dolls and Diagrams, exploring the research to date, critique it in light of actual practice, and offer suggestions for future research on the use of media in forensic interviews.
Target Audience: Pros, FI, CAC

Anonymization/De-Anonymization/Anti-Forensics in Crimes Against Children Cases
Don Colcolough
Child predators and child pornographers are now more than ever integrating complex computer technology and Internet facilitated anonymization programming. De-Anonymization comprehension is a must for an exponentially growing number of crimes against children investigators, prosecutors as criminals are adopting these technologies prior to their illegal acts. This workshop will introduce and demonstrate state-of-the-art tools, networks, online services and techniques. Onion Routers, VPN Anonymizers, Web Beacons/Bugs will be highlighted along with other anti-forensic technologies. Legal considerations on these advanced Internet technologies will be discussed within this workshop. Criminal investigators and prosecutors should simultaneously comprehend these growing subject matters as they are being intertwined in a growing number of state, federal and US military crimes against children cases.
Target Audience: LE, Pros

Apple Law Enforcement and Response Forum (Part 1 & 2)
Ryan Kubasiak, Lisa Olle
Attend this forum if you have questions about what data Apple can provide to law enforce mentor aren't sure how to extract data from a MacBook. The presenters, will answer any questions you have about how Apple can help with your investigations. This session is restricted to law enforcement only.
Target Audience: LE

Are You Ready? Preparing Children for Court
Stephanie Morris
This workshop will address those issues that stress children and caregivers in the court process and how to combat those stressors. Participants will learn strategies for preparing children for court and preparing the courts to be a child friendly environment. The presenter will discuss a child’s rights while testifying, the role of a victim advocate and law enforcement, giving a child friendly oath, and determining competency of the child witness.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, VA, FI, Therapist, CPS, CAC

The Best Kept Secret in Law Enforcement: Using Fusion Centers to Protect Children
Lexi Quinney
Since 9/11, the nation has experienced the creation of more than 78 Fusion and Intelligence centers across the nation. These centers were created to provide a platform to receive suspicious activity reports related to terrorism. Once received, the information is analyzed, shared and disseminated. In 2009, the Texas Department of Public Safety began utilizing the same resources and concept to identify High Risk Threats to children. This proactive approach was implemented to assist law enforcement with identifying possible threats to children in their jurisdiction and sharing that information with other agencies. This presentation will provide options law enforcement and others have to report information that may typically go unreported, but still serves a value. It will also share examples where the collection of information and analysis has proven useful to law enforcement.
Target Audience: LE, Probation, Parole, VA, CPS, CAC

Better Than a Confession: The Power of the One-Party Consent Phone Call (Part 1 & 2)
David Clarke
This presentation will discuss how to use the one-party consent phone call in criminal investigations, as well as the importance of this tool in delayed outcry cases or cases where the detective has no other evidence besides the outcry itself. This presentation will show you how to prepare your victim before the phone call and how to overcome other obstacles the detective maybe confronted with if the victim wishes not to cooperate. Case studies will be discussed in which one party consent phone calls were used to prosecute cases and also used to force the defendants to confess to the offense as well as plea their cases. This presentation will decipher through the conversations between the victim and the defendant and to understand it’s not always what is said but sometimes it’s more important as to what is not said.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, FI, CAC

Beyond Parent Engagement: Changing How Caregivers Parent
Katrina Cook 
Agencies and staff can proactively respond to and support families in crisis, family assistance,case management, assessment, and therapy. In this workshop ideas on when and how to proactively engage families across several domains will be discussed. Additionally, information will be provided on the most effective ways to encourage positive and supportive parenting among caregivers of the children we serve. Evidence-based interventions targeting parent behaviors will be identified and described. Online resources to help case workers and mental health service providers to be informed in their referrals and treatment planning will be provided.
Target Audience: VA, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Blocked? Now What? - Practical Tips for Interview Challenges
Cathy Davis, Jennifer Sherfield 
This presentation will review what are child driven and interviewer driven blocks that interviewers often face in their day-to-day practice. The presenters will offer practical strategies to reduce barriers to disclosure in interview and at all parts of the assessment. This training looks at proactive and reactive measures that can be utilized by the interviewer to eliminate challenges while impacting the child’s willingness and/or ability to disclose. The presenters will walk through specific case examples and review what not to do, and what to do if you find yourself getting stuck in an interview.
Target Audience: LE, FI, CPS, CAC

Building an Education Program for Your CAC
Luis Acuña-Pilgrim, Dianna Smoot
As part of a strategic planning process, the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center embarked on a significant community education program several years ago. Come and hear about strategies implemented to raise the profile of the agency and to become the "go to" for child abuse issues within Dallas County. In this workshop, participants will be given ideas, tools, and resources to take back to their communities, including creative ideas on what can be implemented on a limited budget and how to leverage MDT relationships to raise child abuse awareness.
Target Audience: CAC

But I love him...Investigating and Interviewing Children who are in Love with Their Offender
Kim Skidmore, Bernadette Yupit-Martinez
Investigating cases where children and teenagers who have been sexually victimized can in itself be challenging, but it can be especially challenging when they do not see themselves as a victim,but rather feels that they are in a loving relationship with the offender. The feelings they have can often create blocks to disclosure that can be difficult to overcome. Presenters Kim Skidmore and Bernadette Yupit-Martinez will offer research based suggestions to help understand these victims by exploring grooming behaviors these offenders use to exploit their victims and gain their trust. The presentation will also offer suggestions on how to ask questions in a way that can gather helpful investigative information without further complicating the emotional challenges the victim already faces. The presentation will include lecture, case study, and video clips to assist in the learning process.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, FI, CPS, CAC 

But I Love Him...Treating Children who are in Love with Their Offender
Kelly Slaven
In this workshop, the presenter will discuss the clinical treatment of a compliant victim who loves their perpetrator. The Stages of Change model will be used to conceptualize the process of supporting a client/victim from a Pre-contemplative stage of change all the way into full acceptance and Maintenance. Trauma informed use of evidenced based therapies, such as Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) will be used in case examples as well.
Target Audience: Therapist 

CEASE.ai - Beyond PhotoDNA: Detecting New Child Sexual Abuse Material 
Brad Leitch, Chris Priebe
PhotoDNA allows organizations to detect already categorized child sexual abuse material (CSAM). But with new digital content being so easy to create and distribute, worldwide there has been an epidemic trend toward never before seen CSAM spreading across the Internet. CEASE.ai is an artificial intelligence system that uses computer vision to detect never-before classified images. The presenters are already knee-deep working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to refine the precision of this system, but they need your help! If you are a member of the law enforcement community or the technology industry, they need your expertise and vast knowledge to help shape this groundbreaking system. This is an exhibitor workshop.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Technology professionals

Child Sexual Abuse: Understanding the Perpetrators
Graham Hill
What makes the perpetrators of child sexual abuse think the way they do? For many, the answers to these questions are unimaginable, but for professionals involved in child protection those answers could provide that important clue, that vital final behavioral indicator that enables intervention before a young life is irreparably damaged. This presentation will demonstrate the origins and maintenance of perpetrator behavior. The discussion will provide essential knowledge to help professionals keep children safe. The presentation utilizes video of perpetrators speaking candidly about their behavior.
Target Audience: All attendees

Child Trafficking and Exploitation: A Prevention Perspective
Kimberly Casey, Aria Jefferson Flood
Through an interactive presentation informed by Love146 experience working with at-risk and exploited youth in diverse settings, the presenters will provide information on how systems can effectively reach and empower at-risk youth through prevention education. The focus will be on vulnerabilities among youth from all backgrounds and the connections between those vulnerabilities, and grooming tactics and recruitment. Participants will analyze case studies and vulnerability factors, and discuss how to prevent, identify, and respond to vulnerabilities, risky behaviors, or existing exploitative situations. Presenters will also model examples from the implementation of Not a Number, Love146’s child trafficking and exploitation prevention curriculum, as well as other practical programming designed to equip youth to navigate risky and exploitative situations and move beyond awareness to behavioral change.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Combating Sexual Exploitation One Stop at a Time
Melanie Malterer, Derek Prestridge
How can you more effectively identify victims of child exploitation and trafficking during as even-minute traffic stop? Are there indicators you might be missing? Presenters from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the United States Marshals Service will present an innovative program designed to combat all types of child victimization during roadside encounters. They will share techniques that can be coupled with routine police practices to significantly increase the likelihood of identifying victimized children and their offenders. The workshop will include examples of cases where officers used these interdiction techniques to rescue children.
Target Audience: LE, Probation, Parole, VA, CPS, CAC

Como Reconocer y Reportar El Abuso Hacia Menores 
Ray Lara
This Spanish presentation offers culturally relevant content and information for Spanish speaking audiences on recognizing and reporting child abuse. This curriculum will educate child-serving professionals or volunteers on the basic issues of child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, and how to make a report.
Target Audience: CAC

Conducting Successful Consensual Monitoring of Telephone Calls in Child Sex Abuse Investigations
Robert Young
This presentation will discuss how to successfully use the controlled phone call to solve child sexual assault cases where evidence is often lacking or weak. By learning the lawful, warrant less, and successful techniques, protocols, and strategies discussed in this workshop attendees will be able to utilize the control call to gather admissions, gain insight into the offender before interviewing, corroborate outcry details, and begin the healing process for the victim. Post-call interrogation strategies will also be discussed. Successful calls will be played during the presentation and equipment, preparation, and best practices will be discussed.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, CPS

Countering Child Sexual Exploitation @Twitter 
Jordan Benavidez, Aiko Hasegawa
In this workshop, the presenters will highlight how Twitter works with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), other technology companies and law enforcement towards the eradication of online child sexual exploitation (CSE). Included in this presentation will be a discussion of Twitter CyberTips and Guidelines for Law Enforcement.
Target Audience: LE, Pros

Countering Technology-Based Criminal Defenses within Crimes Against Children Cases
Don Colcolough
There are a growing number of technology-based legal defenses being cultivated by defense attorneys and their subject matter experts across the United States. This workshop is for prosecutors and the investigators who work technology facilitated crimes against children cases. Prosecutors, their supporting investigators and computer forensic technicians should comprehend these defenses and how to counter them. Malicious software defenses, Trojan Horse defenses, Wi-Fi defenses and compromised Internet account defenses are several examples of this workshops focus. Even confusion is a defense within these criminal cases at this point. Also, this workshop covers common objections used by both prosecutors and defense attorneys when fact and expert witnesses are in court offering testimony.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, VA

Courtroom Psychology: How to be a Good Witness and Survive in the Courtroom (Part 1 & 2)  
Lawrence Braunstein
This presentation is designed for the expert and lay (fact) witness, and will “demystify” the trial process. It will address and explain the different layers of action in the courtroom, how to “read” it and how to effectively respond. Issues such as body language,the importance of what you say and how you say it, demonstrative evidence and effective presentation, the trial as theater, establishing a level of comfort in the courtroom, how to defend yourself on cross examination and how to protect yourself in the witness box (when no one else will). The more comfortable and confident a witness is in the courtroom, the more effective their testimony can be.
Target Audience: All attendees

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Protocol and CACs: An Always Moving Target
Elizabeth Mendoza
In this workshop attendees will learn about the development of a CSEC protocol at a child advocacy center and how it changed the ‘who’ of the MDT and normal case process. Attendees will hear about the challenges of developing a protocol when new agencies come on board and successes through relationship building.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, FI, CPS, CAC

CPS Forum:  Detective, Can You Hear Me Now?
Alfred Birtz
Communication, communication, communication; this is the backbone of all that we do. Inter agency communication is vital to a strong working relationship. This forum will examine common issues with the breakdown in communication between child protective services and law enforcement in the multi-disciplinary team setting. We will discuss ideas and ways to better your understanding of what law enforcement needs/means/wants and how you can ensure that you are maintaining an open dialogue about your understanding and the needs of your own agency throughout an investigation.
Target Audience: CPS

Cross-Examination
Victor Vieth
In this workshop, you will learn the keys to a successful cross-examination. The presenter will discuss how to prepare and gain a thorough understanding of the case. You will learn about Including the evidence to be presented by both sides, drafting cross-examination topics and questions and understanding the limitations of cross-examination. Finally, you will learn concrete examples of how to box the witness into a corner.
Target Audience: Pros

The Dark Net and Emerging Technologies: Where are Teens Going and Offenders Following?
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
As the internet continues to evolve new layers populate where offenders commit criminal offenses. One such area is known as the Dark Net. Participants will learn how the Darknet works and how potential criminal activity is facilitated on the Darknet is crucial to investigating and prosecuting child exploitation cases. In addition, new software applications are being added to mobile phones and tablets daily. This presentation will demonstrate several of the newer applications for mobile devices that are popular for teenagers. Participants will learn about vault applications and the ability to secretly store information.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, FI, Therapist, CPS, CAC

The Dark Side of P2P Apps and Shared Content in the Forensics Landscape
Jamie McQuaid
More and more illicit content is being shared via P2P (Peer to Peer) apps and more advanced techniques such as streaming are making these investigations more difficult. Developing the right techniques to examine those apps is imperative. In this presentation, a forensic expert will discuss the implications of the growing popularity of P2P apps for chatting, sharing files, streaming video and live content. He will explain how the growing use of mobile apps and Internet is impacting the ubiquity of content being shared and viewed on P2P apps and networks. You will learn how to investigate these apps and content in child exploitation cases, and understand how people are trying to cover their use of P2P.
Target Audience: LE

Dealing with Difficult Victims in Human Trafficking Cases
Brooke Grona-Robb, Roquel Mayhorn, Victor Vasquez
Perhaps the hardest part of addressing human trafficking cases is dealing with the victim's issues. Yet victims are crucial to human trafficking cases and are often unstable, uncooperative, and difficult in court. In Dallas County, they have a trifold approach--caseworker, investigator, and prosecutor. In this presentation we will discuss how each role is necessary to find, prepare, and deal with troubled victims. We will discuss how we approach victims, from the initial investigation through the prosecution of the case. Working with trafficking victims to prepare them for trial requires a knowledge of their individual trauma experience, interpersonal dynamics, their needs, and their recovery process. The presenters will discuss why addressing witness issues and anticipating the unexpected is crucial for a successful prosecution.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, VA, CAC 

Deception and Denial Patterns Among Adult Child Molesters (Part 1 & 2)
Jim Tanner, Darrel Turner
Dr. Tanner and Dr. Turner have both presented independently of one another on the topic of deception and denial among child molesters.  Dr. Tanner teaches on detecting deception in general and among sex offenders and Dr. Turner presents research findings from exciting ongoing research designed to create a rating instrument for interviewers to use to assess patterns of deception and denial frequently used by adult child molesters. The presentation is a two-part session that introduces the rating instrument and includes video clips from actual interviews with offenders that demonstrate these various denial patterns in action. In addition, these interviews are tactically analyzed to demonstrate the various methods of deception used.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Probation, Parole, FI, CPS, CAC 

Dropbox 101: What is Dropbox and How Can Law Enforcement Submit Requests for User Data?
Cathryn Weems
In this presentation, you will learn what Dropbox is and how people use it. Additionally, the presenter will explain how to best work with Dropbox when you have request for user data.
Target Audience: LE

Effective Communication and Influence Through the Use of NLP Techniques
John Pizzuro
This presentation will discuss NLP which stands for neuro-linguistic programming, which focuses on an understanding of human behavior and how to effectively communicate and influence the people around them. Individuals and team success depends upon the ability of individuals to communicate with others, face to face, as well as virtually. Whether your speaking to a victim, witness, suspect, patient or co-worker, every interaction with another person determines how you are perceived and every interaction is an opportunity to develop trust and exert positive influence. This presentation develops your ability to focus on your outcome and develop your message for clarity and impact, while understanding how individuals communicate. The communications and influence skills covered in this presentation will increase your ability to exercise choice and control for every type of conversation.
Target Audience: All Attendees

Emerging Issues and Insights Related to Child Pornography Cases Based on CyberTipline Reports
Yiota Souras, Rebecca Sternburg
To date, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has received over 17 million reports relating to child sexual exploitation images and videos submitted by the public and electronic service providers to NCMEC’s CyberTipline. Building on years of experience assisting with thousands of reports, join staff from our Office of Legal Counsel and from our Exploited Children Division team for an in-depth look at the CyberTipline. Topics will include: how reports are received and processed, the holding in U.S. vs. Ackerman and specific challenges to anticipate and address in the aftermath of this decision, and free legal resources and technical assistance available from NCMEC.
Target Audience: LE, Pros

Emerging Issues in the Field of Forensic Interviewing
Rita Farrell
The field of forensic interviewing is ever changing. This presentation will discuss emerging issues in the field including; new research, use of diagrams, forensic interviewing protocols,introducing evidence into interview, and peer review and mentoring.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, VA, FI, CPS, CAC

Ethical Considerations in Charging Decisions
Edward Chase
As prosecutors, we are entrusted by society with enormous responsibility. Charging decisions can be some of the most difficult decisions made by the prosecuting attorney, especially in child abuse cases, resulting in profound effects for victims, the defendant, and even society at large.Often, the only evidence is the word of a child. Or in physical abuse cases, merely identifying the correct perpetrator of the crime can be difficult. But a difficult case does not necessarily mean it is a case that should not be prosecuted. This lecture will examine the common ethical considerations that arise with charging decisions and beyond.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, VA, FI

Five Bs of Child Physical Abuse: Bruises, Burns, Bones, Bellies,and Brains (Part 1 & 2)
Kristen Reeder
This presentation 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.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, CPS

Forensic Interviewer Forum 
Bibiana Dominguez, Jesse Gonzalez, Kim Skidmore
The Forensic Interviewer Forum will present opportunities for networking with others in the field of forensic interviewing. This forum will host forensic interviewers from around the country to discuss relevant topics in the field and discuss current trends in best practice.
Target Audience: FI

Forensic Interviewer in the Courtroom (Part 1 & 2)
Rachel Burris, Carrie Paschall
This presentation is specifically for new or relatively new forensic interviewers. It will provide an in-depth overview into best practice in record keeping and training documentation for forensic interviewers right when they enter the field. The presenters will also talk about how to prepare for your testimony including how to watch your forensic interviews in an efficient manner to maximize the quality of your testimony. Attendees will also learn important concepts to remember when taking the witness stand and will get to observe some mock direct and cross examination between the presenters. Attendees will also be given the opportunity to ask questions and participate interactively if they wish to.
Target Audience: FI

From Sticks to Flowers: Working with Parents Justifying Corporal Punishment with Scripture
Victor Vieth
As the legal definition of reasonable force continues to contract, there is increasing tension between criminal justice/child protection professionals and parents who physically discipline their children based on religious beliefs. Using a case study, this workshop will offer concrete guidelines for MDTs working with caregivers whose physical discipline of their children exceeds the law but is rooted in their interpretations of scripture.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, Medical, FI, Therapist, CPS, CAC

From the Mouth of Babes: What Kids are Telling us about Delayed Disclosures
Allison Alstott, Elizabeth Mendoza
As research shows, disclosure of sexual abuse is a process and happens along a continuum. Many factors play a role in the process of disclosure including family relationships, lack of parental support, fear of consequences, etc. In this workshop, the presenters will review information obtained during the forensic interview directly from the child regarding their delayed disclosure. Attendees will obtain further insight on children’s reluctance to disclose and discuss how interviewers and multi-disciplinary team members can navigate through the disclosure process with kids and families.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, FI, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Get Involved!: CPS Leadership's Role on the Multi-Disciplinary Team
George Cannata, Matthew Gilbert
CPS Supervisors, Program Directors, and others in leadership positions struggle to find their place on the Multi-Disciplinary Team. The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center now has a CPS Program Director and CPS Program Administrator co-located with staff at the center. This provides a multi-layer support structure for CPS field staff and supervisors investigating the most serious cases of child abuse and neglect and the partner agencies with whom we work and are accountable. This workshop will teach CPS leaders how to become and stay engaged with their local Children’s Advocacy Center through executive team collaboration, board participation, and development of knowledgeable and skilled field staff and supervisors.
Target AudienceCPS

Google User Services: What You Didn't Know Was Out There
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
Everyone with a Google account has access to a robust history of information through Google Dashboard, My Activity, and Google Takeout. Google Dashboard shows information such as search history, location history, payments profile, and if the user has an Android phone you can even see what apps and installed and track the phone's location live. My Activity will show all of the Google Account information in a chronological order. Google Takeout allows a Google Account user to download a copy of their Google data. While most of this history and tracking information can be disabled or deleted, much of it is on by default and users are not aware to go delete it. This makes Google Dashboard, My Activity, and Google Takeout a powerful tool for law enforcement if they can convince a suspect to hand over the login credentials to their Google Accounts on consent. This lecture will address both how to access this data and legal considerations associated with Google user data.  
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Probation, Parole

Grooming Behaviors of Child Molesters and the Impact on Victims
Darrel Turner
This workshop will discuss grooming behaviors engaged in by child molesters in order to secure victims and prevent disclosure. In addition, grooming of the environment (family, friends) in order to facilitate abuse is discussed. Findings from in-press research by Dr. Turner on grooming will be presented. Video clips from actual interviews/evaluations of sex offenders will be utilized to provide examples of grooming behaviors "from the mouths of the offenders." Videos with victims will be utilized to examine the psychological and behavioral effects of grooming and abuse that exist often long after the abuse has stopped (i.e., recantation, delayed disclosure).
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, FI, Therapist, CPS, CAC

How Not to Help the Defense Attorney in Child Sexual Abuse Cases or How to Make Friends with the Fox in the Hen House (When You are the Hen) (Part 1 & 2)
Lawrence Braunstein
This presentation, presented by a defense attorney (and former prosecutor), will acquaint law enforcement, prosecutors, medical practitioners, mental health practitioners, child protection caseworkers and victim assistance agency personnel with the intimate workings of the defense in child sexual abuse cases: the preparation of a defense case, investigative techniques, pretrial motion practice and discovery, examinations before trial, jury selection, defense trial strategy, demonstrative evidence, trial exhibits, cross examination techniques, and courtroom psychology. By having a broad overview of both pretrial and trial procedures, and how the defense will approach its preparation during each phase of the litigation, the expert and lay (fact) witness will be better prepared in understanding its individual role in the proceedings, and better prepared to maximize its participation in the overall litigation.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, VA, Medical, FI, CPS, CAC

How the US Marshals Service Can Assist you with Investigating Crimes Against Children 
Frank Conner, Jerry Dysart, Mike Wagner, Rebekah Young
This presentation will provide an overview of the United States Marshals Service resources that are available to any state/local/tribal/territorial partners to assist them in protecting our most vulnerable population, i.e., children. Among the topics to be discussed will be the USMS core mission under the Adam Walsh Act: resources provided by the National Sex Offender Targeting Center: International Megan's Law; USMS new authority for critically missing children; and operational assistance provided to state/local partners, and more.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, CPS, CAC

How to Survive Cross Examination for Forensic Interviewers: It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It (Part 1 & 2)
Lawrence Braunstein, Julie Kenniston 
Successful child sexual abuse prosecutions depend in large part on the quality of the forensic interview of the child, and the testimony of the forensic interviewer. This presentation will focus on the various protocols used during the interview process, disclosure as a process or event,forensic linguistics, videotaping of forensic interviews, and how to best present your testimony in the courtroom both on direct examination and cross examination. The goal of the presentation is to "re-educate" forensic interviewers to understand and consider how what they do in the forensic interview room/CAC will "play out" in the courtroom.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, FI, CPS, CAC 

I Can't Hear You!: What Happens When Police and CPS Don't Communicate
Alfred Birtz, Sabra Garibay
This presentation will examine what happens when good communication goes bad. This case study will detail a child abuse investigation conducted by the Dallas Police Department and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. The presenters will examine where the breakdown in communication occurred and how it impacted the investigation from initial onset through the prosecution. The presentation will discuss how to identify and correct communication breakdowns as they occur in order to ensure that they do not have an impact later on in the investigation.      
Target Audience: LE, Pros, CPS, CAC

I Take It Back: When a Child Recants Allegations of Sexual Abuse 
Carrie Paschall 
Investigating cases of children and teenagers who have been sexually victimized can be challenging, but it can be especially challenging when the child later recants their initial allegations. Many in the field become concerned about the credibility of both the child and the case once this occurs and it becomes difficult for the MDT to know what to do next. Many times cases are not pursued and children are left in situations that put them at risk for re-victimization. This presentation will discuss recantation and its place in the normal process of disclosure, howto investigate a recant and when and how to interview a child who has recanted. A case study with excerpts from forensic interviews will be used to assist in meeting learning objectives.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

The Importance of Truth Verification in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Jerry Crotty 
Some of the most difficult confessions for law enforcement officers involve crimes against children. These types of cases are unique, because suspects are in fear of the immediate change of life and the stigma that is attached to the crime of offending against a child. The Manatee County Sheriff's Office developed a technique that incorporated the use of the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer in their investigations to obtain a 90%+ confession rate. This agency uses truth verification in the investigation of all sex crimes. This technique has served to identify offenders in cold cases through confessions as well as to clear innocent people under suspicion. The technique has also been utilized to assist CPS investigators in their cases. This presentation will provide an overview of CVSA and how it works. Actual case studies and interview techniques will be discussed during this presentation.
Target AudienceLE, Prosecution, CPS

Initial Response to Unexplained Child Death Investigations
Jim Sears
Most child deaths appear natural or accidental, but sometimes it is later determined that foul play was involved. This presentation will take you from the initial response to a child death or unconscious child and show you how to properly investigate the case from the very beginning.  The discussion will include information on using your multi-disciplinary team to make your cases stronger and ensure important issues are not overlooked. The presenter will also discuss the utilization of information and evidence found during your initial scene response and using that information to move the investigation forward. Lastly, the presenter will include information the medical examiner, doctors, and other members of the MDT will need to make rational and logical decisions on the death of the child.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, FI, CPS, CAC

Insights from the Virtual Global Task force International Online Child Sexual Exploitation Police Personnel Health and Wellness Study: Taking Care of the Protectors
Roberta Sinclair
The Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) is an international police alliance dedicated to the protection of children from online sexual exploitation and transnational child sex offences and is comprised of national law enforcement agencies, private partners and non-government agencies. Understanding the unique stressors of working in online child sexual exploitation units, the VGT commissioned the Psychological Care International Research Project, led by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. This global study provides empirical data such that law enforcement agencies and employees can take a more proactive approach in safeguarding and maintaining employee psychological wellbeing. Over 650 participants responded to the survey, including both current and past employees, and representing over 10  countries. Preliminary findings in this critical area of policing will be presented.
Target AudienceAll attendees

The Internet of Things: Understanding and Using IoT to Prove Your Case
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
The Internet of Things refers to physical devices having the capability to connect to the Internet to send and receive signals and data. As technology evolves into every facet of our daily lives, it is important that MDT’s develop an understanding of what devices are IoT capable and potentially what information may be recoverable to assist in investigations, prosecutions or adjudications. Participants will learn what devices are currently IoT, emerging technology for IoT, and ways to detect what may be contained on IoT devices. Issues of search and seizure for IoT devices will also be discussed.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Probation, Parole

Interrogating Sex Offenders: Gaining Maximum Tactical Advantage (Part 1 & 2)
Mike Krapfl, Jon Turbett 
This presentation will identify the limitations of current lawn enforcement training on interview and interrogation and describe how those limitations adversely affect the investigation of sex offense crimes. It will introduce an evidenced-based model of interview and interrogation practiced by the presenters that maximizes current research and legal advantages for officers. This model will be presented in the context of a sex abuse investigation involving a former law enforcement officer and no physical evidence...a scenario that is not often like to produce a conviction. The presenters will address the interview and interrogation tactics that produce the slightest edge with sex offenders.
Target AudienceLE, Pros

Interviewing Child Victims with Disabilities (Part 1 & 2)
Scott Modell
Studies have long established that children with disabilities are disproportionately criminally victimized. Specifically, the rate of violence experienced by children with disabilities is triple the rate compared to children without disabilities. Many significant barriers exist, both real and perceived, that limit investigation and prosecution of these cases. Understanding and communicating effectively with children with disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system are necessary skills for child protective services, law enforcement,children’s advocacy center staff, and other social service personnel. The participants in this workshop will develop a broader understanding of children with disabilities as well as new strategies for effective interviewing and communicating. Video clips of real individuals with disabilities are integrated into the presentation to maximize the effectiveness of the training.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, FI, CPS, CAC

Interviewing Male Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse
Graham Hill
Interviewing those suspected of child sexual abuse is a skill that can only be acquired and enhanced by continual practice. This presentation uses interviews with perpetrators and case study material to demonstrate the presentation styles of these offenders and highlights the techniques that can work when interviewing men suspected of child sexual abuse. Such information is vital if professionals are to effectively engage with those suspected of child sex crimes.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, CPS

Interviewing the Reluctant Child
Rita Farrell
This workshop offers concrete guidance for forensic interviewers or investigators called on to interview a child who is reluctant or fearful of making a disclosure. The presenter will discuss different blocks and challenges that may come up and students will review forensic interview video clips and discuss.
Target AudienceLE, FI, CPS, CAC

Investigating Child Sexual Assault Cases
Mike Milnor, Nancy Oglesby
Child abuse cases should never be prosecuted with only, “he said, she said,” evidence. It is imperative that a child’s statement of abuse be corroborated in as many areas as possible. This workshop will discuss the multiple pieces of evidence that can be obtained during a sexual assault investigation. Attendees will learn how to make a “corroboration checklist,” and to dissect the child’s statement for areas to gather evidence. This presentation will enable investigators, prosecutors, and associated child abuse professionals to surround a child’s statement with layers of credible, corroborating evidence, and witness testimony to present the strongest possible case at trial.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, CPS

Investigating Serious Injury and Fatal Child Abuse Cases (Part 1 & 2)
Mike Milnor, Nancy Oglesby
Child abuse investigations can be extremely difficult for several reasons. The level of medical knowledge necessary is more than most crimes because often the victim can't or won't tell what happened. This session will cover in-depth procedures for investigating serious injury and fatal child abuse cases. The first part will discuss an overview that is applicable to any child abuse investigation with an emphasis on a multi-disciplinary response. The second part will cover investigation techniques specific to certain types of abuse,including those most often explained as accidents such as burns, failure to thrive/neglect, and abusive head trauma. It is intended primarily for law enforcement officers and cps investigators, but it will include a prosecutor's perspective throughout so that the likelihood of success at trial is increased.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, CPS

Investigating Sexual Misconduct in Schools: What You Must Know About Title IX and K-12 Institutions
Rebecca Leitman Veidlinger
While Title IX is most readily associated with college sexual assault, K-12 institutions are also subject to the federal mandate prohibiting sex discrimination in education. In the K-12 setting,sex discrimination can manifest itself as sexual harassment, gender-based bullying, and sexual assault. Like institutions of higher educations, school districts nationwide must be working to prevent, address and remedy sexual violence that impacts their educational community, an obligation that extends far beyond what most districts are currently doing. In this workshop,attendees will learn about how Title IX functions at the K-12 level, including what prevention efforts are required, how investigations are conducted, and what remedies are required under federal law. Attendees will further learn about potential intersection and overlap of schools’ Title IX investigations and criminal investigations, and how to partner with—rather than work against—those doing the Title IX work at K-12 institutions.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, FI, VA, CPS

Investigating Starvation: A Brutal Form of Abuse
Stephanie Morris
This presentation is a basic primer on what starvation as a form of child maltreatment. It will include discussing what it looks like: what a child experiences when food and water are withheld: and how to approach the crime scene and presenting the case in court.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, VA, FI, CPS, CAC

It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Do This for a Living
Dan Powers
This motivational talk is meant to provide you with the insight and knowledge to help survive in a job no one else really understands. Others “outside the business” don’t want to hear about this stuff! You can clear a restaurant with a discussion of what you did that day. We see and hear things on a daily basis our mom and dad never told you existed in this world. Participants will learn how dynamic determination and working as a member of THE TEAM will help you survive in “our world”. Participants will be encouraged to look at themselves, why they do “this” for a living and most of all learn to laugh at it all.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

Kids in Court
Judy Hoffman, Eren Price
For over 20 years, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office has collaborated with community volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women to make testifying in court a little less scary for children by hosting Kids in Court, a Saturday session at the courthouse for kids and families. This presentation, by a prosecutor and a community volunteer, will include suggestions on starting your own program and lessons learned from 20 years of experience.
Target AudiencePros, VA, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Lead or Lead Not, there is No Try
Dan Powers
Do you want to be known as the Yoda or Darth to your organization? Would you like to convey wisdom or deliver fear as part of your leadership style? You cannot deny that Darth Vader’s leadership style gets results, but Force choking may not be the best way to lead your team. As leaders in “our world” we are faced with challenge of needing to influence many different types of people. The team looks to you to lead with knowledge, compassion and empathy. You have a choice, use the force or go to the dark side. Attend this presentation and learn how to do it.
Target AudienceLE, Prosecution, Probation, Parole, VA, CPS, CAC

Life Without Parole: Using Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Trauma Narrative for Criminal Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse
Kelly Slaven, Brandie Wade
This workshop will appeal to mental health professionals and attorneys working in a multidisciplinary team to promote justice and healing for the victims of child abuse. The use of assessment and the evidence based treatment of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is not just useful in healing families, but also in prosecuting crimes against children. In this presentation, prosecutors will learn how to best utilize the mental health professional's testimony and treatment to contribute to a guilty verdict.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, VA, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Lightning Session: Five Topics in 75 minutes
Graham Hill, Jim Tanner
Do you want solid information fast? This is the session to attend. The presenters join forces to provide an information packed, fast paced session covering five important topics: Grooming, Targeting Children, Distorted Thinking, Self-Conditioning Among Sex Offenders, and Sex Offender Digital Behavior. This workshop will provide essential information will be presented on each topic and accompanied by handouts which provide extended information. Join us for a "TED talk" on steroids.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, FI, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Live Analysis: ‘5-Minute Forensics’ in P2P Cases
Jeff Shackelford
Law enforcement investigators are encountering more digital evidence than ever before. Unfortunately, this translates to more backlogs for the forensic labs and longer waits for the investigators. But what if you could find everything you needed on-scene at the suspect’s house by conducting a basic, automated forensic exam in a matter of minutes? In this presentation,attendees will learn how anyone (including non-technical personnel), can utilize a simple methodology to rapidly and automatically simulate a full computer forensic exam in just five minutes or less...including tasks like data carving, password extraction, registry analysis, timeline creation and report generation. And the best part is that you will leave here with the tools and techniques to do this successfully on your own.
Target AudienceLaw Enforcement

Medical Child Abuse: The Medical Evaluation and How to Use it for the MDT Evaluation
Arne Graf
This workshop will discuss medical child abuse, a much more common identified concern in children with chronic diseases. The presentation will detail when to suspect it, know what medical staff can offer in its evaluation and discuss how to involve medical staff in the evaluation, as well as how to help avoid getting to this point of abuse.
Target AudienceLE, Prosecution, Medical, CPS, CAC

Microsoft Cyber tips and Legal Requests
Tracy Ingle, Jeff Lilleskare, Matthew Sullivan
This presentation will provide a high-level overview of Microsoft products and services, including connectivity to One Drive and Skype. The presenters will also provide an understanding of Photo DNA and how Microsoft reports detected hashes to NCMEC. The discussion will also go over what Microsoft may provide in response to legal demands about their services and products.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole

Mobile Data: How It Impacts Your Investigations
Wil Hernandez
Mobile devices are our lifeline between friends, peers and families but also a powerful crime-fighting tool. Mobile devices will store photos, text messages, videos, web browsing information and GPS coordinates that are valuable information for law enforcement, victim advocates and others who are tasked with providing protection to victimized children. In this workshop, the presenter will discuss the difference between mobile, infotainment, telematics data and how these devices influence an investigation. The presenter will break down how a predator uses mobile devices to facilitate the ability to find, exploit and maintain the manipulation of its victims. Attendees will learn how to identify and seize the digital devices. They will hear real world examples and cases that the presenter conducted in his 17 years as an Internet Crimes Against Children Investigator. Lastly, he will discuss current technological advances in the area of mobile forensics and how to recover vital digital evidence, acquire valuable intelligence and leads.
Target AudienceAll attendees

Multidisciplinary Team Forum
Iris Burch
This interactive forum will present you with an opportunity to hear from and network with representatives from other MDT coordinators and other members of the disciplines that comprise a MDT. In attendance, will be MDT representatives, CPS, Law Enforcement, and Medical professionals all in one place to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to building and managing a healthy multidisciplinary team.
Target AudienceAll attendees

Myth Busters: Breaking Down Common Misconceptions About Victim Disclosures, Traumatic Memories, and Problematic Behaviors
Leslie Boutte, Ana Guzmán
In an effort to more effectively work with sexual abuse victims and their families, it is important to have an understanding of common myths regarding sexual abuse. Delayed disclosures, the process of disclosure, recants, memory discrepancies, and problematic victim behaviors can be frustrating for law enforcement, CPS, prosecutors, and mental health professionals. In this workshop, presenters will break down common myths in an effort to facilitate a non-judgmental and collaborative approach to investigating and treating child sexual abuse cases.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, VA, Medical, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
Victor Vieth
In this workshop, you will learn the importance of effective strategies and themes for opening and closing arguments in child abuse cases. You will also will learn a theme for presenting your case. The presenter will provide specific arguments to persuade a jury that a child is telling the truth. Lastly, you will learn how to debunk common defenses in child abuse cases.
Target AudiencePro 

Parts of the Whole: How Analysts and Investigators Work Together to Combat Human Trafficking
Jessica Garcia Leal, Clayton Platt
Human trafficking cases involve complex case development and analysis - this presentation aims to demonstrate how an effective relationship between an investigator and an analyst can enhance your overall investigation. From developing the initial tip,to expanding an ongoing case, to jump starting stalled cases, and even preparing your case for trial. The presenters will discuss specific tactics, techniques, and procedures used for identification of victims and traffickers, using both open source and proprietary databases, telephone forensics, interviewing, the importance of deconfliction, working with service providers and NGOs, information sharing and networking, etc. that are often keys to successful investigations.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, FI, CPS

Pediatric Fractures: How to Evaluate for Maltreatment
Arne Graf
This workshop will review different types of pediatric fractures, as well as the risks and concerns that should prompt an evaluation for maltreatment. The presenter will also discuss how to sort out the fractures that are non-accidental from those from other causes.
Target AudienceLE, Prosecution, Medical, CPS, CAC

The Perfect Pick: Investigating and Prosecuting Cases with Victims Who have an Intellectual Disability
Amy Derrick, Jen Falk
Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with an intellectual disability. Children and adults with an intellectual and or developmental disability often make the perfect targets for a sexually violence offense. They also provide a unique set of challenges in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases. This presentation will address best practices for the investigation of these types of cases as well as provide strategies for evidence gathering, charging decisions and successful prosecution.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, VA, Medical, CPS

Preparing a Digital Forensic Report
Jeff Schackelford
For years, we’ve all been instructed on the importance of collecting volatile memory, (aka"RAM") from running machines at a crime scene. The problem however, was that no one wanted to talk about the common problems often associated with acquiring, (and especially analyzing) this unique type of data. In this presentation, we will discuss the common pitfalls often encountered with collecting memory, as well as discuss anew acquisition method which allows investigators and examiners to acquire and analyze "process-specific" binary memory images. This new methodology and approach to active memory could potentially save you hours of time and trouble both in the field and also in the lab. In addition to acquisition techniques, we will teach you several simple, automated ways that anyone, (including novice examiners), can use to conduct a basic analysis of RAM. Attendees will also gain introductory information on how they can harness the power of both commercial and open-source tools together for advanced memory analysis.
Target AudienceForensic Examiners, Law Enforcement

Profile of a Predator
Graham Hill
Using behavioral analysis techniques, this presentation profiles a predatory child abuser. It explores their key characteristics and the motivations that led to a series of depraved sex offenses against young children. The presentation contextualizes what is currently known about patterns of offending.
Target AudienceAll attendees

Prosecuting Human Trafficking Cases
Brooke Grona-Robb, Hilary Wright
This workshop is designed to assist prosecutors and investigators who are tackling human trafficking cases, from initial investigation to post-conviction. A team approach between prosecutors, law enforcement, and victim advocates allows for simultaneous goals of rescuing victims and prosecuting their offenders to the fullest extent. This lecture will help prosecutors work with law enforcement to investigate cases involving trafficking, and to gather the evidence necessary to make a successful case. The presenters will discuss charging decisions, trial preparation, accomplice testimony, defense strategies, and witness preparation. Additionally, they will discuss analyzing a case to determine if prosecution can go forward without the victim.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, VA, CAC

Protecting Legal Rights of Teen Dating Violence Victims
Bronwyn Blake, Amanda Elkanick
This workshop is designed to help advocates and allies identify the various legal remedies for teen victims of dating violence. These legal options may include; youth rights to healthcare,dating violence and sexual assault civil and criminal laws (brief), age of consent, sexual harassment, and Title IX laws, duty to report, and what options are available if a teen is unhappy at home, including information on emancipation.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

Randy & Me: A Prosecutor's Story of His Childhood Sexual Abuse
Kevin Mulcahy
This presentation will recount the presenter’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, he believes there are lessons to be learned from his story for the investigator (Kevin’s was great), the prosecutor (Kevin’s was terrible), and the forensic interviewer (Kevin 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.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

Really, It is Not about You!: How to Build a Healthy MDT
Irish Burch
MDT collaboration is vital in saving the lives of child abuse victims. No one discipline can or should do it alone. Miscommunication, disengaged team members and lack of understanding of team members’ roles and responsibilities are common issues faced by many multidisciplinary teams. Unfortunately, these dysfunctional behaviors can hinder a teams’ desire to protect the children in their community. Building an effective, high functioning MDT, can create an environment where children can be safe and team members can be heroes. This presentation will provide practical tools and tips for addressing the importance of effective communication, team engagement, peer accountability and conflict resolution. These key factors are essential in creating a MDT that extends beyond the disciplines and focuses on the needs of the victims.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse
Ray Lara
This presentation is designed to raise awareness and to spur action from the many professionals and volunteers who work with children on a regular basis.This curriculum will educate child-serving professionals or volunteers on the basic issues of child abuse, how to recognize physical and behavioral signs of the varying forms of child abuse, and how to make a report.
Target AudienceCAC

Risk Assessment of Child Pornography Offenders
Darrel Turner
This workshop provides an overview of research that is often used (and sometimes mis-used) by mental health professionals conducting risk assessments of child pornography offenders. Recommendations for best practices stemming from his own research in this area are presented. The presentation provides a discussion of which tests are and are not appropriate for use by a mental health professional in these assessments, what areas should be assessed in the evaluation of risk of a non-contact sex offender, and also provides a discussion of the prevalence of undetected contact offenses among this population. Real case examples are used with video and audio clips.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, FI, CPS, CAC

Risk Assessment: We Can Do Better (Part 1 & 2)
Michael Bourke, Joe Sullivan
Practitioners have come to rely on actuarial risk assessment tools to determine how risky convicted sex offenders may be. This presentation evaluates the strengths and limitations of such methods of risk assessment and offers some alternative perspectives to the process. Using video case studies the presenters will explore the benefits of combining rigorous forensic interviewing with polygraph as an alternative to actuarial or dynamic risk assessment tools.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

Runaway Prevention IS Human Trafficking Prevention
Lindsey Kahney, Gordon Vance
Runaway and homeless youth are a high risk group for Human Trafficking. By exploring specific National Runaway Safe line cases, participants will learn about the labor and sexual exploitation that these youth face and fall victim to. Our services are two-fold: helping youth build life skills and resilience through our free 14-module Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum prior to running away, and/or leaving home, and helping youth survivors of trafficking through NRS’ hotline and digital crisis intervention services. Special attention will be paid to the Home Free program conducted in partnership with Greyhound lines. Participants will walk away with a comprehensive resource for prevention and intervention services for the youth they serve and specific implementation options for utilizing Let’s Talk.
Target AudienceLE, Probation, Parole, VA, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Selection, Engagement and Seduction of Children and Adults by Child Molesters (Part 1 & 2)
Cory Jewell Jensen
Participants will examine (via film clips of interviews with various types of sex offenders) some of the specific strategies offenders report using to groom and exploit children and adults. Information was collected from approximately 1,600 sex offenders who were involved in long-term, court mandated sex offender treatment. Topics include offender descriptions of how and why they: targeted certain children, families and youth serving agencies, seduced child victims and adult caretakers, and inhibited disclosure, detection and reporting. A variety of video clips, research studies and anecdotal quotes from sex offenders will be utilized to illustrate each stage of grooming behavior.
Target AudienceAll Attendees  

Sex Offenders: What Investigators, Prosecutors and Child Advocates Should Know (Part 1 & 2)
Cory Jewell Jensen
Professionals involved in the investigation and prosecution of sex offenders and child advocacy should be familiar the various theories about the etiology of pedophilia and development of pro-offending attitudes, plus the more typical patterns of sexual offending committed by both juvenile and adult sex offenders. This presentation will highlight via video taped interviews with various adult sex offenders some of the common pathways to developing deviant sexual interests and criminal sexual behavior patterns. In addition, the presenter will review a variety of studies that examine the average number of detected vs. undetected offenses sex offender engage in prior to apprehension and the degree and types of “cross-over” or “crime switching” behavior they report.
Target AudienceAll Attendees  

Sexting and Cyber-Bullying: Redefining Dating Violence in the Social Media Age and the Legal Remedies for Teen Victims
Bronwyn Blake, Amanda Elkanick
Teen Dating Violence is a problem and can take many forms, both verbal and physical, but has evolved to include social media. Cell phones, for example, are a common tool for an abusive boyfriend/girlfriend to control or threaten their partner and have been called an “electronic leash” for that reason. In the age of sexting and cyber-bullying it is all too easy for an abuser to demand sexually explicit materials, send unsolicited communication, or blackmail with sexual content. This presentation will explore the issue and also discuss the laws that are currently in place to deal with teen dating violence and with sexting.
Target AudienceLE, Prosecution, Probation, Parole, VA, Therapist,CPS, CAC

Sexting Investigations and Appropriate Consequences
Leah Treitman, Richard Wistocki
This workshop will discuss how to investigate Sexting cases with the goal of finding those involved in the activity. Attendees will learn about various types of sextortion and how it unfolds, what platforms are being used, who victims are reporting to, barriers to disclosure, and the serious consequences that often result. The presenter will also explain how to use social media and other resources to identify suspects in Sextortion cases. You will learn how to examine the five areas of where sexted images are stored and how to eradicate the images. You will learn about other outcomes and consequences for those involved in sexting besides criminal prosecution such as a Restorative Justice/Diversion Program. Lastly, the presenter will explain how to properly send the sexted images to NCMEC/CVIP. In this effort we will attempt to curtail the spread of the sexted images.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, CPS, CAC

Social Media, Digital Safety & Kids: What's New, What's Now, What's Next 
Katie Greer
Studies show that kids ages 8-18 are spending an average of 7.5 hours a day in front of some screen; with that, the crimes associated with these ever-changing technologies and social media quickly follow and continue to evolve - maybe faster than we can keep up with. Today, working with and keeping our youth safe means being constantly aware of what they're doing online -which can be vitally helpful in daily cases, and is essential to law enforcement work across the board. In this workshop attendees, will leave with a good understanding of current app and social media trends - how and why they're being used - along with hot topic issue such as sexting, cyber bullying and solicitation through new mediums.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

Sovereign Citizen Defense and Child Abuse Prosecutions
Edward Chase
Investigating and prosecuting child abuse cases is a difficult endeavor by itself. But when the defendant claims to not be bound by the laws of the state or federal government, the legal proceedings can become extraordinarily complicated. Often, the arguments raised will be nonsensical and counter intuitive. This lecture will discuss the sovereign citizen movement itself, the common issues that are raised in the defense, dealing with the often pro se defendants, and practical ways to address these issues. More specifically, we will explore the use of this defense in child abuse cases, and attempt to understand why this defense is becoming more popular throughout the country.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, VA, FI, CPS, CAC 

Strangulation: A Hidden Crime in Child Abuse (Part 1 & 2) 
Kelsey McKay
Over the last decade as felony strangulation statutes have been enacted throughout the country, communities have been shocked at the devastating prevalence in which this disturbing assault exists between intimate partners. Through proper training, responders have started to better identify this often missed and lethal crime, finally giving this crime and the victims a voice. The next step is to educate those working with children so that we can recognize and better document when children have been either victims or witnesses of strangulation. This workshop will also discuss other areas of this crime relevant to children, such as the exposure of trauma seeing your parent strangled and the next step to stop the cycle by incorporating forensic interviewers into the process.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

Strategies for Engaging Families in Services
Lisa Schuster
This presentation will discuss elementary information regarding the importance of family engagement in child welfare, medical, and mental health services from a strength-based,solution-focused perspective. Multiple case examples from patients and families referred to the REACH clinic will be included in the presentation. Factors that contribute to engagement will be discussed including a review of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that lead to successful family-center practice. Challenges to engaging families will be reviewed and ways to address potential threats to engagement will be identified. Practical strategies and suggestions to enhance family engagement will be provided along with interventions to improve retention in services.
Target AudienceVA, Medical, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Suspect Interview Techniques in Child Abuse Cases (Part 1 & 2)
John Combs
This presentation will discuss interviewing suspects in child abuse cases. It will focus on the importance of rapport building and learning about the suspect’s stressors. The presenter will discuss detecting and confronting deception during an interview. Additionally, the presenter will use several short case studies with actual interview excerpts in order to show how it works and what to look for. These cases include physical abuse of an infant, sexual abuse that lasted over ten years between a step-father and daughter, the sexual abuse of a three-year-old by a step-father, and the sexual abuse between a father and a daughter. The presenter will also discuss the use of recorded phones calls with the suspect. Attendees will learn when to use this tool, who should make the call and how to develop a "theme" prior to making the call. Actual excerpts from two case studies will be used as examples.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, CPS

Taking the High Road: Ethical Challenges and the Multidisciplinary Team (Part 1 & 2)
Dan Powers
There are many benefits of working in a multidisciplinary team, but it also brings ethical challenges as a result of conflicting values and roles. This workshop will examine ethical issues as they apply to members of multidisciplinary teams. Ethical principles are the fundamental ground rules of decision making, not just factors to consider. Any decision made in a case has ethical implications for the team, and reflects the decision maker’s sensitivity and commitment to the team concept. Each member of a team that is affected by a decision will deal with the consequences of that decision. This concept reinforces our professional obligation to make all reasonable efforts to anticipate possible consequences and take reasonable steps to avoid unjustified harm to others. Ethical decision making extends beyond the team to the client. Issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, record keeping and client relationships need to be examined by individual team members and the team as a whole. Clients’ rights which are uniquely related to the multidisciplinary team approach will be examined. This is a two-part workshop with a short "assignment" that will meet the 3-hour Ethics requirement for most licensing boards.
Target AudienceAll attendees

Testifying as an Expert in Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Cases
Brooke Grona-Robb
This presentation is designed to assist prosecutors, law enforcement officers, forensic interviewers and others who are tackling human trafficking and commercialized sexual exploitation of children cases, to develop and prepare for expert testimony. It is crucial to define who has expertise that can help the jury understand the special issues involved in CSEC cases. Once these areas of expertise are defined, helping witnesses understand their role as experts and preparing them to testify is important for success. This lecture is meant for both prosecutors as they are approaching CSEC trials and for our experts as they prepare for testifying in court.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, VA, Medical, FI, Therapist, CPS, CAC

Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Approaches to the Trauma Narrative
Kathy Dumond, Lauren Hurley
When working with children who have experienced sexual abuse or complex trauma, developing and processing the trauma narrative can be challenging. Instead of being deterred, clinicians can accommodate different expressions of self to help children find their voice. In this presentation, clinicians will learn creative interventions to enhance the processing of the child's trauma while working within the fidelity of TF-CBT.
Target AudienceTherapist

The Three Coolest Little-Known Social Media Searches
Justin Fitzsimmons, Lauren Wagner
Social media is a common part of everyday life, so there is little surprise that it has become commonplace to investigations. However, there are capabilities within social media websites that are little-known within the Crimes Against Children community. This lecture will detail how three specific social media searches can be used to enhance the investigation and prosecution of cases. Topics discussed will be using the geocode: search in Twitter to find tweets from a specific latitude and longitude, using site: in Google to search specific social media websites, and using URL manipulations in Facebook to find photo likes and comments from a target profile.  
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, CPS, CAC

Timeline Development: A Tool for Investigators
Bonnie Armstrong, Margaret Patterson
Child abuse cases have many documents and facts to analyze, process and then make a determination. In this workshop, the importance of timelines will be discussed. Timelines offer away to take complex case facts and present them in a simplified, linear manner. When sharing the case with team members, timelines offer a case “snap-shot” to quickly understand the case. In court, timelines have been noted by jurors as the single most important visual shown that helped them understand the case and be convinced. The timeline developed must be visually interesting, cohesive, and convincing and include basic elements such as the date, time frame,victim, witnesses, the suspect, and other key elements of the case. Timelines examples will be shared with the group to compare/contrast different methods and styles.
Target AudienceLE, Prosecution, CPS, FI, Medical

Tips and Strategies for Testifying in Court
Stephanie Morris
This workshop will address testifying as both a lay and expert witness in child abuse investigations. Participants will discuss tips for avoiding testifying and for maintaining their credibility as witnesses. The lecture will also provide tips and tools for testifying effectively at pretrial hearings and trial. Participants will leave better equipped to defend their investigations and interviews.
Target AudienceAll attendees

Trust & Safety: Kik’s Approach to a Safe Chat Community
Nicole Nearing, Michelle Micks
This presentation will provide an overview of Kik’s processes and resources available for global law enforcement in criminal investigations. The Trust & Safety team will discuss how Kik works, new product features and data that may be available pursuant to legal process. They’ll also provide an overview on Kik’s latest safety features and privacy controls available to users as well as on going safety initiatives
Target AudienceLE, Pros

Twelve Elements of a Successful Forensic Investigation
Bonnie Armstrong, Jason Bobo
Professionals charged with the duty to protect children have a multitude of evidence to document, interviews to conduct, and leads to follow. In this minutiae of facts, photos, lists, and lies, cases can become twisted, and confusing. This workshop details The 12 Elements of the Forensic Investigation©, a proven format for organizing and investigating cases of child physical abuse. Case studies will show how utilizing these 12 elements including: established protocol, multi-disciplinary team, consent, scene investigation, physical evidence, testimonial evidence, electronic and documentary evidence, timeline development, scene re-enactment, interrogation,resources, and ongoing training results in the development of strong cases for prosecution. Participants will be provided with a Pocket Investigator’s Guide of The 12 Elements of the Forensic Investigation©.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

Uber’s Law Enforcement Portal
Billy Kewell, Linda Isley, Lisa O’Connor
Uber is excited to showcase our new Law Enforcement Portal. We will highlight the features and benefits of the Portal, a fast, secure, user-friendly way for law enforcement to request information and manage cases. We will also provide time to assist law enforcement with creating accounts.
Target Audience: LE, Pros

Understanding the Psychopathic Offender 
Melanie Malterer
Psychopathy has been referred to as “...the single most important clinical construct in the criminal justice system” (Hare, 1996) and by others as “the most important and useful psychological construct yet discovered for criminal justice policies” (Harris, Skilling and Rice,2001). This workshop provides compelling support for these claims and sheds light on the importance of understanding and identifying psychopathy in criminal offenders. The audience will learn about the construct of psychopathy, its relationship to risk assessment and officer safety, and prevalence rates in society and prison populations. Common myths about psychopathy will be debunked. The audience will be given strategies for the identification of psychopathic traits in offenders and how to utilize this information in law enforcement contexts.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, CPS, CAC

The U.S. Marshals and the Adam Walsh Act and Sex Offender Registries-Separating Fact from Fiction
Tim Orava, Justin Vickers
This presentation will cover topics related to the U.S. Marshals Service and its efforts to work with state, local and other federal agencies to identify, locate and apprehend unregistered or non-compliant sex offenders and investigate violations of 18 USC §2250. In addition, the presenters will broadly discuss sex offender registration in the U.S. ten years after the enactment of the Adam Walsh Act, and will highlight some common misperceptions and differences between state and federal sex offender registration requirements, including who has to register, for what duration and who is posted on public websites.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, CPS, CAC

Under-reporting of Sexual Abuse in Orthodox Jewish Communities
David Katzenstein
The fact that child sexual abuse exists in all communities in all areas of the globe is generally accepted as fact. Child sexual abuse is prevalent across all communities, neighborhoods, and socioeconomic classes. It is just as prevalent in Orthodox communities even though laws exist among the Orthodox that are designed to regulate sexual contact, and in more ultra-Orthodox communities, there is also a segregation of the sexes. This lecture will explore the nuanced, acute factors that significantly influence the under-reporting of child sexual abuse within Orthodox Jewish communities, ways in which these communities have dealt with reporting sexual abuse in the past, progress on this issue, and factors that continually impede reporting of abuse. An important element of the presentation will include the issues facing CPS and law enforcement working within this insular population and an outline of recommendations as to how overcome many of these ongoing problems.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

Using Artificial Intelligence to Prioritize and Solve Crimes
Brad Leitch, Chris Priebe
In recent years advances in artificial intelligence has allowed for self-driving cars, voice controlled automated assistants on phones and smart home automation. In this session, the presenters will explore what artificial intelligence means for law enforcement and how it can be applied in a meaningful way to provide triage and help solve cases faster. This is a non-technical session that will help prepare investigative teams for upcoming technology innovations.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, CPS, CAC

Using Craigslist and Backpage for Undercover Operations
Jesse Crowe, Jim Valley
This presentation will involve the set-up of operations when using Craigslist and Backpage. Personnel needs will be discussed as well as safety concerns. Examples will be given of small and large operations. Postings and responding to ads with certain techniques will also be discussed. Attendees will learn about Bit Coins and how they affect posting ads. Also, attendees will learn about the proper equipment needs to success and overcome some of the barriers involved in the operations.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, Probation, Parole

Using Truth Verification to Recover Victims and Obtain Confessions in ICAC Cases
Jerry Crotty
This presentation will discuss the use of the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) in ICAC cases. Prior to the implementation of this device by the presenter’s agency, these investigations revealed no live victims over the previous five years and led to very little discovery of other crimes through normal interrogation methods. In February 2015, this investigative tool was introduced into the traveler and computer pornography investigations along with other new interview techniques. Since that time, this agency has identified 33 live victims and thousands of child sexual abuse images and videos. This presentation will discuss how the CVSA can be utilized in criminal investigations and how it can also assist prosecutors and probation officers obtain a complete picture of the offender.
Target AudienceLE, Prosecution, Probation, Parole

What Sex Offenders Can Teach Us About Interviewing 
Cory Jewell Jensen
This presentation examines the relationship between confession rates and sex offender characteristics (ie., offender age, relationship to victim, personality type, offense history and prior experience with the criminal justice system). Studies that examined the effectiveness of interviewer style will be reviewed and  the presenter will provide anecdotal comments from 121 admitting adult male sex offenders about their thought process during the police interview. Comments focus on the reason they declined to be interviewed, lied about their sexual offending, or confessed. Video clips will also be used to illustrate specific interview strategies and recommendations for specific interview comment/questions from 26 veteran child abuse detectives from 10 law enforcement agencies will be offered.
Target AudienceLE, Prosecution, Therapy, CPS 

Why See the World Through the Eyes of a Sex Offender? 
Joe Sullivan
If we don’t understand how individuals sexually exploit children and groom the protective adults in their world we cannot effectively implement child safeguarding. Professionals who enhance their knowledge of offender behavior can recognize situations where children might be at risk or engage more effectively with perpetrators, victims and their families. When we understand the complexity and subtleties of the problem we can better implement policies and procedures within our organizations and ensure effective safeguarding for all. Using video interviews with sex offenders this presentation provides insights into the motivations, thoughts and behaviors of child sex offenders.
Target AudienceAll Attendees

You Got the Call, Now What?
Michael Hernandez, Bernadette Yupit-Martinez
Child sexual abuse cases are one of the most complex crimes in existence. As professionals who are involved in a multi-disciplinary team, it is imperative to know what to ask and when to ask questions when speaking with alleged victims. Asking a child detailed questions outside of a forensic interview can at times be detrimental to the credibility of the child and integrity of the case at trial. This presentation will assist those who are first responders to victims of sexual abuse, such as patrol officers and school resource officers, to be able to understand the fine line of obtaining information you need at the reporting stage and obtaining details that may cause problems down the line.
Target AudienceLE, Probation, Parole, Medical

You Wanna Talk About Private Parts?
Michael Margolis, Megan Peterson
Screening children for sexual abuse can be overwhelming and often times contains critical information for an investigation. Proper screening techniques for child abuse becomes an imperative tool for CPS workers. Do you know what questions to ask and when to stop a sexual abuse screening? Do you know when a case should by-pass a screening and come directly to a Children’s Advocacy Center, for a forensic interview? As a CAC employee, do you know how to implement this information into your own center? In this lecture, attendees can expect to learn how to screen children for sexual abuse, what questions to ask if a child discloses, when to stop, and how to determine when a case should be seen at a CAC.
Target AudienceCPS, CAC

Victim ID and Adobe Technology (Part 1 & 2)
Jim Cole, John Penn
In this workshop you will learn how victim identification specialists at Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) utilize cutting edge technology to bring out details and clues used to track down victims and offenders of child abuse material. You will also learn how Adobe Creative Cloud and other tools are helping in the fight against child exploitation with technology breakthroughs in their tools.
Target Audience: LE, Pros, Probation, Parole, VA, FI

A Visual Atlas of Child Abuse
Ryan Brown
Child maltreatment is a medical condition that can manifest itself in different ways. No child is immune to it and it is also a very serious and often dangerous condition that should be recognized by health care providers and investigators. The purpose of this lecture is to introduce the audience to the various presentations of abuse. Though most people think of physical manifestations to be solely physical abuse, one objective of the talk is to show that all forms of abuse can be demonstrated in physical signs and/or symptoms of it's victims. Since physical findings play a role in the investigation and determination of abuse, medical mimics of child abuse will also be discussed and shown. The presentation will also touch on how to differentiate between abuse, accident, or medical mimic and how to properly work the child up to make a diagnosis. The audience will be shown photos of patients and will be ask to determine if the child was abused or not based only on the viewing of the picture. Then, the audience will be given a description and workup, if any, of the condition.
Target AudienceLE, Pros, VA, Medical, CPS, CAC

Without Borders: Bilingual Forensic Interviewer and Family Advocate Collaboration
Jennifer Cano, Jesse Gonzalez, Suzzie Gonzalez, Janeth Peterson
Forensic interviewers and family advocates play very crucial roles with children and families in a child abuse investigation. When meeting with a family, this process can be one that is daunting and intimidating, especially now with the current state of changes in the country. There are many challenges that could affect a child abuse investigation when working with undocumented families, specifically, the Hispanic population. This training will focus on the forensic interviewer and family advocate collaboration, the importance of providing undocumented/documented families with the right information and support, and how new changes in USA legislation could affect children and families coming forward.
Target Audience: VA, FI