WORKSHOPS AND CASE STUDIES
Advocates and Prosecutors: The Tag-Team approach to Domestic Violence Offenders
Jeff Dort, Kristen Howell
Prosecutors and advocates each play a role in a domestic violence victim’s life, but sometimes they conflict. This workshop will explore the differences in what advocates and prosecutors see in a case and how those different points of view can assist in a prosecution of the defendant. Case examples, conflict areas and the importance of communication will be discussed in this presentation.
Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault
Jennifer Long, John Wilkinson
Alcohol-facilitated sexual assault (AFSA) cases present unique challenges for investigators, prosecutors, and other allied professionals. This presentation will explore common issues and challenges related to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases where alcohol is present. The presenter will discuss societal attitudes about alcohol, basic toxicology, victim credibility, and collaboration between allied professionals. In addition, this presentation will promote a victim-centered response that incorporates offender-focused strategies for effective investigation and prosecution of AFSA cases.
(The) Anatomy of a Sexual Assault Trial from the Defense Point of View
This workshop, presented by a defense attorney, will acquaint law enforcement, prosecutors, medical practitioners and mental health practitioners with the intimate workings of the defense in sexual assault 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.
And Then There Were Three: Gang Rape, Witnessed Rape and Other Complex Cases
Jennifer Long, John Wilkinson
This presentation focuses on issues commonly present in multiple defendant sexual assault cases. It will help prosecutors and allied professionals identify and anticipate challenges related to issues such as severance, immunity, principals and accessories and admissibility of evidence in multiple defendant trials. It also examines common defenses raised in these difficult cases while maintaining a victim-centered, offender-focused approach.
Applying Profiling Concepts to the Investigation of Crimes Against Women
This presentation will cover behavioral analysis (profiling) concepts and their application to the investigation of crimes against women. Understanding the behavioral aspects of a crime enhances investigators' effectiveness when interacting with offenders, victims and witnesses, and facilitates their abilities to gather evidence and information crucial to successful prosecution of offenders.
Assessing Our Readiness to Effectively Engage Men and Boys (Part 1 & 2)
This intensive workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to self assess (themselves as well as their organizations) their true readiness and capacity to effectively engage men and boys in responding to and preventing all forms of sexual and domestic violence. This is a hands-on, interactive workshop and participants will be provided with concrete tools they can use to assess their readiness and capacity, as well as be supported in developing a strategy to increase both their readiness and capacity.
Battered Women Charged with Crimes
Jennifer Long, John Wilkinson
This presentation will help prosecutors and criminal justice partners identify, evaluate, and develop improved responses to cases involving battered women who are arrested for using violence against their abusers. The presentation will specifically address prosecutorial and law enforcement decision-making considerations, the role advocates can play in case assessment, challenges prosecutors and justice systems face in identifying and analyzing these cases and the benefits of a model contextualized prosecutorial response.
Best Practices for Managing Domestic Violence Offenders
This is workshop will provide an overview of the best practices in assessing and managing domestic violence offenders for both incarceration and community based supervision. The presentation will focus on the development of differential assessments for assessing risk to reoffend/criminogenic needs, as well as best practices in supervision, treatment and providing supportive and inclusive victim services. What works with offenders is becoming clearer as the evidence is showing. This session will explore what we know about helping people change behavior which increases public and victim safety.
Building a Strong Case for the Domestic Violence Defendant’s Punishment
This workshop will discuss how prosecutors can effectively use ALL available evidence to build a punishment case in domestic violence prosecutions. The presenter will explain how the use of jail calls, text messages, jail mail, going behind judgments on prior offenses, and locating other unreported victims are essential in showing the jury who the defendant REALLY is. Experience has shown that once they see the real defendant, they're likely to give him REAL time.
Case Study: (The) Capture of a Serial Killer
This workshop will discuss the unique features of an actual serial murder investigation and demonstrate the investigative steps that resulted in a successful conclusion. Additionally the presenter will describe the serial killer and the killer’s motives and means of committing the murder.
Case Study: John Williams, A Sexual Predator on Wheels (Part 1 & 2)
This case study will examine the case of highway serial killer John Williams. It will prepare participants to investigate transient serial homicides. A number of behavioral indicators present in these types of serial murders will be addressed. This presentation will discuss potential problems associated with multiple jurisdictions, successful interrogation strategies, and prosecution issues.
Case Study: (The) Laci Peterson Case Revisited: Lessons Learned for “Missing Spouse” Cases (Part 1 & 2)
Birgit Fladager, Dave Harris
This presentation will take attendees through a complex, high-profile "missing spouse" investigation and prosecution to show what was learned. The presentation will include tips that are still being used today in various cases throughout North America and based on simple team concepts.
Case Study: (The) Murder of Alma Arenas-Perez: Crime Scene to Courtroom
Kendall Castello, John Palmer
During the early morning hours of June 7, 2009, Alma Arenas was at home in bed with her 6 year-old daughter and her sleeping baby when her brother-in-law broke into the home. He stabbed Alma to death and cut the throat of the little girl leaving her for dead. The case study of this horrific crime will examine the many critical aspects of the investigation, apprehension and subsequent trial. The presesnters will discuss the initial law enforcement response to the crime scene; the significance of the forensic interview of the surviving child witness; the subsequent interrogation of the killer; the role played by the physical evidence; and finally the prosecution of the defendant that resulted in his conviction for Capital Murder.
Case Study: (The) Murder of the Pregnant Girlfriend
Ryan Calvert, Matt Shovlin
This presentation will detail the murder of Brittany Munoz by her boyfriend Garrett Gower as well as his subsequent trial and conviction. The prosecutors in the case will discuss how they used both forensic evidence (fingerprints and DNA) and non-traditional evidence (diaries and cell phone records) to convict a man in the murder of his pregnant 16- year old girlfriend.
Case Study: Sexual Assault In the Age of Cyberspace: The Craigslist Rape Plot (Part 1 & 2)
Michael Blonigen, Michael Steinberg
This case study will explore a case where one man, Jebediah Stipe, aranged for the rape of his former girlfriend over the Internet that was carried out by another man, Ty McDowell. The presentation will focus on the both the technical and forensic investigation conducted in the case as well as the legal issues confronted by the prosecution team. The interdisciplinary approach to the case which garnered both Stipe and McDowell sixty year sentences will be discussed.
Challenges in Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking
Bill Bernstein, Florrie Burke, Thomas Peterson, Marissa Wallace
Human Trafficking is a largely a hidden crime-people doing work that appears to be legitimate. It is the terms of their employment that remain hidden-little or no pay, long hours, restricted movement, confiscated documents, indentured servitude, and the presence of force, fraud or coercion. This panel will present a multi-disciplinary view of the challenges presented in identification-challenges for NGOs and law enforcement alike. Helpful indicators will be highlighted.
Combating Violence Against Women Globally
Violence Against Women and Girls is a global epidemic and takes many forms including domestic violence, sexual violence, rape as a weapon of war, human trafficking, and harmful traditional practices such as female genital cutting, forced marriage and honor crimes. This workshop will discuss the efforts being done around the world to combat violence against women and will outline successful strategies.
Cell Phone Forensics: What’s On Your Phone?
This unique workshop will allow you to connect your personal cell phone or a friend’s to the Cellebrite cell phone examination tool that is used by the FBI for cell phone forensics. You will be able to see firsthand the treasure-trove of evidence that are contained in cell phones. Remember that photo you took and deleted? Bring your phone and connect it to the equipment and see if it is really gone. Take what you learned in the Computer/Cell Phone workshop and put it to use.
Computer/Cell Phone Forensics: Information for Investigators and Prosecutors
Jason Fedor, Jeff Shaffer
This workshop will provide the attendee basic information in the area of digital forensics. Topics that will be discussed will include best practices for seizing electronic evidence as well as the type of information that can be obtained from both computers and cell phones.
Conducting Belief Based Sexual Assault Investigations
This workshop will discuss the sexual assault training curriculum that was developed as a result of an audit of one police departments’s response to sexual assault. The training focuses on the police interaction with the victim and the impact that a belief based approach can have on the victim experience, including the potential impact on reporting rates. It examines the advantages of a belief based approach to the investigator and provides an overall framework for sexual assault investigations. It will also provide information on the nature of sexual assault s in Lincoln from a review of all cases from 2008 and 2009.
Conducting Cold Case Homicide Investigations (Part 1 & 2)
This workshop will present cold case homicide investigative techniques using current forensic and electronic technology while employing a Major Case InvestigativeTeam philosophy. During the workshop, actual cold case homicide investigations, that the presenter has personally investigated, will be used to illustrate various type of cold cases. Included in the discussion will be homicide cases involving serial murder, mass murder, arson for profit, and missing person related.
Conducting Stalking Investigations
In this workshop different types of stalking crimes will be presented and discussed. The attendees will work through different kinds of stalking cases. The importance of proper documentation will be discussed.
Coordinated Community Response Team Promising Practices: Part 1 " Successes and Challenges"
Brandi Beyer, Brooke Chiles, Amanda Mc-Reynolds Doran, Billy Parker Sandra Thompson
In this workshop three Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) Coordinators will share their experience in improving the response to domestic violence in their community. The following topics that will be discussed. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: Learn how one community involved men in their journey to bring awareness to domestic violence. This journey involved red high heels and banners! On- Scene Advocacy: Learn how law enforcement and advocates can work together to provide immediate advocacy. Tools For Your Toolbox: Members will provide examples of mission statements, tracking and monitoring forms, and sample protocol.
Coordinated Community Response Team Promising Practices: Part 2 The Criminal Justice Response: The Judge, Prosecutor and Probation Officer's Role in a Coordinated Community Response
Brooke Chiles, Jequita Napoli, Sandra Thompson, Jessica Villalva
In this workshop you will learn strategies that improved the response to domestic violence from a judge, prosecutor, and probation officer in two communities. The Prosecutor will discuss how they utilize an expert witness and coordinate resources with other Coordinated Community Response Team members to utilize the domestic violence nurse examiner (DVNE) in an effort to further evidence based prosecution. So eloquently referred to as: "Conviction in a Box". The Judge and Probation Officer outline successful strategies to increase offender accountability and reflect upon past accomplishments that increase victim safety as a result of a Coordinated Community Response Team.
Cross-Examination of the Defendant in Crimes Against Women Cases
Defendants who batter, abuse and assault women are a different breed of criminal. This workshop will focus on a methodology to prepare to take them on using a straightforward approach.
A Culture of Power and Control: One Family’s Story
Through a collection of poignant family photos and journal entries, participants will discover how one family experienced the abusive tactics of power and control, not only from the abuser, but from community institutions as well. Beneficial for all professionals, this interactive workshop will examine community responsibilities, and compel attendees to work towards a Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to domestic violence.
(The) Dallas Police Department's Prostitute Diversion Initiative (PDI)
Sgt. Louis Felini, Dr. Martha Felini
This workshop will present information on the Dallas Police Department’s Prostitute Diversion Initiative (PDI). PDI is a highly innovative law enforcement led diversion program that is a multidisciplinary collaboration harnessing the expertise of organizations to provide the women engaged in prostitution an alternative to further victimization. This presentation will demonstrate how a victim’s approach model can serve as a long-term intelligence strategy for this transient criminal population. Formal data collection strategies and analysis will also be discussed.
Improve your interview skills. Learn how to tell when someone is editing something out of a verbal or written statement. This session 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.
Digital Evidence in the Courtroom
Introducing digital evidence in a courtroom inherently comes with many obstacles: including the legal and logistic challenges. This workshop will explore the preparation and presentation of phone, photo and computer evidence to a jury.
Domestic Violence Medical-Forensic Examinations
Patients presenting following an episode of domestic violence benefit from a comprehensive medical-forensic examination. This presentation will look at the components of a domestic violence medical-forensic exam; discuss how it may differ from the more common sexual assault medical-forensic examination; and discuss where challenges still exist in regards to making these types of services available.
Drug Crime Victimization
The presentation will include a brief overview of the Drug Enforcement Administration and discuss current drug trends with a focus on prescription drug abuse; victims of crime identified in drug investigations including drug facilitated sexual assault, witness retaliation, and child victimization. Resources will be provided.
Effective Courtroom Testimony for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
This workshop, presented by a defense attorney, is designed for the SANE medical professional and addresses each aspect of the forensic medical examination (e.g. history taking, charting, photo documentation, diagnosis, protocol utilized, the medical literature) and how each aspect can be "twisted" in the courtroom by a skilled attorney. The goal of the program is to "re-educate" the medical professional to understand what they do in the clinic/hospital etc. will "play out" in the courtroom.
Effective Victim Advocacy within the Criminal Justice System
Heather Koval, Tania Loenneker
How can specialized advocates within the criminal justice system work effectively on behalf of victims with law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges and their different roles and perspectives? How can advocates best fulfill the interests of the victim when the system's premises of fairness, justice and accountability sometimes do not coincide with the best interests of the victim? How can advocates effectively work with and for victims without "colluding" on the one hand, and becoming adversaries on the other? This presentation will provide hands-on tools and perspectives on building successful relationships with coworkers from different disciplines, on effectively advocating for the victim’s “voice” to be heard, and creating positive system change over time.
Evidence-Based Practices for Managing Sex Offenders in the Community
Many communities are struggling to keep jail and prison costs contained and at the same time protecting the community from sex offenders. In many cases this means that we need to figure out how to identify the truly dangerous offenders, incarcerate them and at the same time manage many sex offenders in a community based setting. This session will focus on the evidence based practices that can assist professionals in the assessment, management, treatment and supervision of sex offenders, as well as identify those individuals that are not appropriate for community based supervision. We will focus on what we know helps us accurately assess risk and how to create supervision and treatment interventions that reduce risk and enhance community safety.
Exploring the Challenges of Violence Against Women Crimes on Campus
This session will focus on the specific successes and challenges of preventing and responding to violence against women crimes on university and college campuses. The dialog will bring campus public safety professionals, local law enforcement, higher education professionals and prosecutors together to explore the practical, legal and organizational opportunities for collaborative efforts in addressing these crimes on campus. The presentation will include background, research and context for violence against women on campus; touch points on campus for survivors; university and college cultural issues; student affairs functions and resources; coordination between the institution and local resources; access to resources; campus educational opportunities.
(The) FBI’s Innocence Lost National Initiative and Combating Child Prostitution
The presentation will take a look at the child prostitution problem in the United States. It will discuss the FBI's approach to investigating these crimes through the Innocence Lost National Initiative and FBI Innocence Lost Task Forces. It will also address issues and concerns when dealing with victims of child prostitution.
(The) FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program and Highway Serial Killer Initiative
This workshop will present information on two FBI programs that are important resources for law enforcement in the investigation of violent crime, i.e., the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) and the Highway Serial Killer Initiative (HSK) Initiative. The presenter will provide examples on how these programs have resulted in identifying criminals as well as explaining how law enforcement officers can access these resources.
Finding You in a Digital World
The Internet is a part of the modern world. For most of us, we know enough to get things done. But we all hear about the ‘dark side” of the web. Join a cyber crime analyst as he talks in plain English about the technical problems everyone faces each time they log into their computer. Regardless of your technical expertise (or lack thereof), you will walk away from this session understanding cyber-stalking, identity theft, cross-site scripting, trojans, viruses, back-doors, and phishing/pharming. More importantly, you will know what to do to protect your clients and yourself from these criminal acts.
From Prostitute to Professor
In this workshop, the presenter reveals her dramatic story of one woman's drastic change from prostitute to professor. It is a story of self-proclamation, of victory from the debilitating chasm spiraling from incest, young parenthood, alcoholism, and prostitution.
Gang-Related Violence Against Women and Girls
Jennifer Long, John Wilkinson
This presentation will examine gang-related domestic violence among teens and young adults, gang culture, and the gang member as an abuser. The session will also review abduction, recruitment, and the violence involved in the sexual exploitation of young women. Participants will learn about the violence, tactics, and recruitment methods utilized by gangs and will receive recommendations of appropriate victim-centered criminal justice responses to address gang-related violence against women.
Getting Her from Going to Gone
Advocates, investigators and prosecutors are routinely frustrated by a battered woman's difficulty terminating her abusive relationship. This class will look at ways to get a battered woman from "going to gone." Participants will examine ways to facilitate and prepare a woman for a safe outcome and ultimately end the abuse.
Good Victim-Bad Victim: The Response
Florrie Burke, Laura Burstein, Marie Martinez
Victims of crime are often referred to in these terms by those who help them. This panel will deconstruct these terms so that we understand where they come from, why they are used and what they mean. Through case discussion we will illustrate how the challenges of our work become a way to blame the victim. We will provide information that will help change this thinking and have better case outcomes as a result.
Helping Prostitutes Recover Through the PRIDE and STAR Diversion Courts
Peggy Hoffman, Lena Levario
The PRIDE and STAR courts work together to stop the vicious cycle of prostitution, divert these women from the judicial system and enable them to become productive members of our community. They do this by providing offenders with a high level of supervision through judicial intervention, innovative case management and counseling with the goal of returning sober, stable, law-abiding citizens to the community, thereby closing the “revolving door” to the criminal justice system. The presenter will share with the group the challenges and the great successes they have faced leading these courts.
(The) High Risk Potential Victims DNA Database
This workshop will discuss the High Risk Potential Victims DNA Database, which is designed to help identify people involved in a violent crime that leads to death or comatose. By collecting the DNA voluntarily and putting it into a collective database, the bodies of unidentified persons can be reconnected with loved ones. This gives law enforcement additional information that could lead to prosecuting the criminal involved. See this link.
How Not to Help the Defense Attorney in a Domestic Violence Case
This workshop 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 domestic violence 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 the pretrial and trial process, 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.
Human Trafficking 101
This workshop will provide an introduction to human trafficking that is appropriate for first responders, social service providers and others interested in the issue. In addition to defining the law and providing practical tools for identification and assessment, materials will also address root causes, applicable immigration remedies, and appropriate services.
Human Trafficking: Collaboration for a Victim-Centered Response
Stephen Adaway, Rosemary Hartmann, Marie Martinez
The panel will highlight policies, programs, and collaborative initiatives in anti-human trafficking efforts. DHS investigations, victim services, and immigration benefits will be discussed. Participants will also learn about best practices for a victim-centered response. Recent ICE case studies will be included.
Identifying the Predominant Aggressor - from Crime Scene to Prosecution
Sheila Greene, Tania Loenneker
Identifying the predominant aggressor is extremely important at the scene of the crime but should not stop there. This presentation will discuss effective tools to determine the predominant aggressor at a domestic violence call as well as additional information that can be obtained during the follow-up investigation. Specific strategies available to advocates, officers and prosecutors for identifying the predominant aggressor during the prosecution process will also be presented.
Improving Sexual Assault Investigations: Findings of the Lincoln, Nebraska Audit
Marcee Metzger, Jonathan Sundermeier
The presenters were part of an audit team that used Praxis Safety Audit principles to examine the response to adult sexual assault in Lincoln, Nebraska. In this workshop the presenters will discuss the process, the audit results and recommendations, and the resulting changes in service delivery, policy, and training for both law enforcement and advocacy. The process addressed the audit question, "How well does the system respond to the safety and respect needs of adult sexual assault victims while still holding perpetrators accountable?"
Interviewing Children Who Have Witnessed a Violent Crime
It is often very challenging to interview children that have been witnesses to a violent crime. High emotions, crime scenes, and family members are just a few challenges for responders to overcome. Interviewing your child witness for details should not be one of them. This workshop presents participants with the importance of conducting a forensic interview for children who have witnessed a violent crime and how it instrumental in the investigation.
Intimate Partner Sexual Assault
Jennifer Long, John Wilkinson
This presentation will examine the devastating dynamics of sexual assault by an intimate partner including the use of power and control in a battering relationship. It will provide an overview of intimate partner sexual assault, the impact on victims and the resulting behavior and the importance of a coordinated community response to this crime. Prosecutors and allied professionals will be better able to recognize and respond to common challenges in these cases including the reluctant victim, victim intimidation and manipulation and confronting the misperceptions of the judge or jury.
Investigating and Prosecuting Domestic Sex Trafficking: A Case Study
This workshop will explore what is involved in the successful investigation and prosecution of a case of domestic sex trafficking. Using actual cases as a framework, the presentation will detail the various steps necessary to obtain a conviction in these cases.
Investigating and Prosecuting a Human Trafficking Case
Learn what it takes to successfully investigate and prosecute a human trafficking case. This workshop will provide a prosecutor’s view of the essential components of a human trafficking investigation and the challenges in uncovering and prosecuting a broad spectrum of various types of human trafficking cases. This workshop will draw from a variety of cases prosecuted by the presenter.
"Just the Facts Ma'am": The Science and Practice of Investigative Interviews With Victims
Randall Carroll, Shannon Meyer
For law enforcement engaged in investigative and fact-finding interviews, it is essential to understand that traumatic memories are stored, remembered, and reported differently than other events. The unique effect of trauma on the brain has significant implications for law enforcement interviews with victims and witnesses. Evidentiary value of victim interviews can be significantly enhanced through a better understanding of the biological, cognitive, and psychological processes related to traumatic events. This workshop will present a basic overview of these issues. We will also discuss how traditional law enforcement training, culture and practices often diminish optimal fact finding interviews with victims. Finally, taking all of these issues into account, we will offer a best practice approach for investigative interviews with victims.
Life After Crawford, Davis and Giles
Jennifer Long, John Wilkinson
This presentation examines the history and development of evidence based prosecution of domestic violence cases and identifies how Crawford v. Washington and its progeny have impacted the prosecution of domestic violence cases with non-participating victims. The presentation also discusses tools and strategies for successfully prosecuting these difficult cases and the practical steps necessary to achieve success. Specific topics will include: contextual analysis of domestic violence cases, effective investigation, training law enforcement personnel, collaborating with community partners, the use of non-testimonial statements, forfeiture by wrongdoing, forfeiture crimes, and the use of other acts evidence.
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 40 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.
Maintaining Safety in a Digital World
Technology increasingly affects our lives and has a significant impact on victims of crime. Emerging technologies can pose a challenge for victim safety, privacy, and confidentiality. Abusers misuse tools to track a victim's every move and monitor everything they do on a computer, in a car, or on a phone. Understanding the potential risks and misuses of technology is critical to both supporting victims and holding offenders accountable. Drawing from survivor experiences and through videos and demonstrations, this workshop will illustrate safety risks of phone, GPS, camera, Internet, and computer technologies.
Medical Expert Consultation and Testimony
Tara Henry, Jennifer Markowitz
This session will examine how prosecutors can use medical experts in preparing and trying cases. We will discuss scope of practice, the breadth of experts available; and some of the ethical issues that can arise for clinicians in these cases.
Medical-Forensic Examination of Sex-Related Homicide Victims
Want to improve your response to sex-related homicide cases? This session will provide an overview of sex-related homicides and the advantages of collaborating with forensic nurses for the postmortem sexual assault medical-forensic examination of deceased victims. Case examples will be used to highlight the benefits of utilizing forensic nurses for postmortem sexual assault examinations, collection of forensic samples, and expert testimony in court.
Oh No! My Case is Really Going to Trial (Part 1 & 2)
Sheila Greene, Bobbie Villareal
In the prosecution of a family violence case, officers and prosecutors are on the same team - but often don't feel like they are. This innovative presentation will discuss important issues about the trial process that officers need to know and prosecutors need to communicate in order to keep the case moving forward. Additionally, useful tips for effective courtroom preparation and testimony in domestic violence cases will be presented.
Overcoming the Consent Defense: Prosecuting Cases Involving Victims Used in Prostitution
Jennifer Long, John Wilkinson
This presentation will help prosecutors and allied professionals understand, identify, and respond to violence against sexually exploited women, i.e., women used in prostitution. It will discuss the dynamics of sexual exploitation, including the frequency and type of violence sexually exploited women experience. It will also explore issues, strategies, and defenses relevant to the prosecution of violence against sexually exploited women. The presenter will review current criminal justice responses to violence against sexually exploited women and sexually exploited women who present as defendants charged with prostitution crimes.
Premeditation and Re-framing in Non-Stranger Sexual Assault
Krista Hoffman, John Kitzinger
Unfortunately in our society, there is a misconception that a misunderstanding of signals on the part of the perpetrator and change of heart on the part of the victim are indicative of non-stranger sexual assaults. This workshop will address these misconceptions and show through case studies the methodical and pre-meditated behaviors of non-stranger sexual offenders’ pre/post sexual victimization. This workshop will demonstrate the importance of expert testimony in cases of sexual victimization, investigative strategies in crimes of sexual victimization, and jury nullification as a symptom of our society.
Promoting Gender Respect: A Model Program for Developing Adolescent Male Leadership to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Dating Violence
This workshop will describe the development, key aspects and lessons learned of the Promoting Gender Respect model. PGR focuses on developing adolescent male leadership to prevent sexual harassment, sexual assault, or dating abuse. Developing adolescent male leadership also involves developing adult role models and mentors and supporting organizations to create cultures promoting gender respect. It has been found to be extremely effective, and has been adopted by the state of Tennessee, and is being piloted by the state of California.
Prostitutes and Mental Health Considerations
Prostitutes as well as other victimized women can suffer from many different mental health issues. In this session, Dr. Podawiltz will cover topics such as substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression, which will help professionals take into consideration the victim’s mental status when offering any assisting services.
Prostitution and Human Trafficking
Alfred Nunez, Paul Park
Instead of assuming that a prostitute has chosen commercial sex as a profession; law enforcement, legal personnel, therapists and other advocates must take the time to determine whether the prostitute has been trafficked or is being forced into prostitution. The presenters will discuss the different aspects of human trafficking and prostitution including, how to recognize it, where cases have been found, who is behind it, and why is the prostitute there through an in-depth review of a recent cases.
Prostitution and Public Health
Prostitution has a major effect on the public health of the local community as a whole. The transmission of STDs and other communicable diseases put a strain on the health system, community finances, and the overall health of the population. There will be a discussion concerning how cities such as Dallas are dealing with the issues and the difficulties they face. This will be followed with a presentation on the specific data and discoveries the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department has been abel to collect while working with other community organizations on the Prostitute Diversion Initiative.
Prostitution and Organized Crime Case Studies
This presentation will expose the organized underground world of an illegal Dallas operation that used women as its commodity selling sex as it hid behind the front of a massage therapist office. The presenter will discuss how this mother-son criminal conspiracy operated and detail the lengthy investigation conducted to close it down. Lastly the process of charging the owners, managers and security guards with the crimes of Engaging in Organized Crime and Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution will be examined.
Risk Assessment in Cases of Intimate Partner Violence and Homicide
Major topics that will be discussed in this workshop are risk factors and behavior/personality characteristics (personality disorders) that can be associated with this particular type of violence/homicide. Understanding of these risk factors may facilitate the assessment of risk level of a victim in a violent intimate partner relationship. Additionally, the common character traits associated with violent domestic partners will be covered, with the goal of enhancing law enforcement's interviewing proficiency.
SANE Program Sustainability
Jennifer Markowitz, Jennifer Pierce-Weeks
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs have become the standard of care for victims of sexual violence in many parts of the country. However, access to such specialty medical care is jeopardized by a number of programs folding or failing to launch in the first place. This presentation will examine the reasons why SANE programs fail, as well as strategies for maintaining a strong and successful program, including staff retention, long- and short-range planning, and economic collaboration.
Sex Offender Apprehension Program
This workshop will discuss the operation and investigative techniques of the Dallas Police Department’s Sex Offender Apprehension Program (SOAP). Examples of SOAP’s proactive response to managing registered sex offenders and ensuring compliance with probation/parole conditions and sex offender registration laws will be presented. Ideas for conducting sex offender compliance check operations and working cooperatively with other agencies will be discussed and illustrated.
Sex Offender Tracking Resources
Kristen Anderson, Mike Troyanski
This workshop will provide an overview of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) Sex Offender Tracking Team and the U.S. Marshals Service’s (USMS) Sex Offenders Investigation Branch, two great resources for apprehending sex offenders. The presenters will discuss the resources and assistance that each of their agencies can provide to law enforcement and also share some representative samples of success stories highlighting their combined efforts to track, locate, and apprehend sex offenders.
Sexual Assault as a Means of Control in Human Trafficking Cases
Shonnie Ball, Florrie Burke, Thomas Peterson
Traffickers and pimps regularly use sexual assault as a means of control. This may result in increased stigma and shame for the victim. This panel discussion will present cases where sexual assault played a part, the psychological impact on the victims and the response of law enforcement. We will explore the often overlooked element of sexual assault in labor trafficking cases and the impact of human trafficking laws on this issue.
Social Networking Privacy
Maintaining privacy in online spaces is important for both survivors and individuals working within our agencies and partnerships. The explosion and variety of social networking sites makes it difficult to understand what the risks are and if privacy is even possible. Survivors wonder how to stay in touch with their support systems and still maintain their privacy, how to help their children to keep in touch with old friends without revealing information about their new location, how their account could have been accessed by someone else, and what to do if someone posts a false profile of them. Advocates are asking what to do if a survivor “friends” them and whether or not to list their employer and contact information online. This workshop will help sort through these dilemmas and offer concrete tips for both survivors and advocates to maintain their privacy and safety in our very public world.
Stalking and Technology (Part 1 & 2)
Michelle Garcia, Jennifer Long, John Wilkinson
This presentation will give an overview of stalking, the behaviors associated with it and the modern day technology used by the stalker. It will discuss prosecution strategies as well as interviewing techniques designed to maximize victim cooperation and safety. It will also examine various existing and emerging technologies as well as the effect of technology on the credibility of victims and strategies for detecting, documenting and responding to current technological stalking techniques.
Jennifer Markowitz, Jennifer Pierce-Weeks
Strangulation presents specific challenges for investigators and prosecutors, particularly in domestic violence cases. A lack of visible injury, and perceived counterintuitive behaviors create challenges in taking these cases forward. Medical professionals often do not recognize the seriousness of this mechanism of injury, resulting in underevaluation and a missed opportunity for comprehensive documentation in the medical record. This session will look at the signs and symptoms of strangulation; discuss why it is so often misunderstood; and look at how first responders can better document even subtle signs that strangulation has occurred.
Strategies for Conducting Videotaped Interrogations in Crimes against Women Cases (Part 1 & 2)
This presentation addresses the increasing use of electronic recordings of interviews/interrogations and the benefits of electronic recording during an investigation. It identifies interviewing strategies appropriate for electronically recorded interviews, along with an interviewing technique developed in response to the 1994 State of Minnesota v. Scales decision mandating the recording of custodial interrogations in a place of detention. This presentation is specifically targeted for law enforcement professionals who investigate crimes against women (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault, harassment).
Technology, Oppressive Behaviors, and the Normalization of Victimization
Technology is often the scapegoat when stories emerge of people using technology to victimize. However, the behaviors that drive victimization and oppression of others are not new. This presentation will focus on the behaviors of those who are oppressive and how they utilize technology in non-criminal ways to perpetuate victimizing messaging such as sexism, racism, and other intolerant ideals. It will also use case studies to demonstrate the importance of using correct language in identifying criminal online behavior for what it is instead of adopting terms, such as sexting, to normalize victimizing behaviors. It will provide an understanding of the importance of technology for our youth and the positive role it plays in socializing and education; while providing realistic techniques in talking to children and adolescents before exposure to online materials in forms such as video, blogs, and online gaming that may be oppressive and attempt to normalize victimization.
Understanding the Dynamics of Victimization in Domestic Violence and Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Wynne Mittledorf Shaw
This workshop will give non-mental health professionals such as police, prosecutors and victim advocates a basic understanding of the dynamics of victimization and the cycle of violence commonly seen in domestic violence and child sexual abuse cases. The session will also offer suggestions on how to effectively work with victims and their families in these cases to maximize cooperation and information collection. Resources and information on how to identify and meet victims' and families' basic needs will also be provided.
(A) View Towards Change: Creating and Maintaining Domestic Violence Fatality Review
In this workshop, the presenter will discuss the benefits derived from starting and maintaining a domestic violence fatality review as well as action steps for addressing challenges. In addition, he will discuss the legal parameters to operate a fatality review in Texas, lessons learned at the national and state levels in starting and operating a team. The workshop will also solicit feedback and conversation from participants on fatality review work.
What Today's Investigators and Prosecutors Need to know About Technology
Technology is used by criminals in the commission of every type of violent crime that is committed today. Offenders use of technology includes, but is not limited to, the Internet, Email, cell phones, digital photography, texting, GPS, and social networking sites. This workshop will provide an overview of what you need to know about various types of technology to combat today's criminal. This session will use both lecture and live demonstrations to show how criminals can be identified and located and how the technology they use may be used as evidence against them.
Working with Resistive Clients
Not all of our clients want help or to change. This session provides staff with tools to use in understanding and working with resistance encountered with some justice system clients. The session covers client resistive sets, motivation, and techniques to overcome resistance, and indices of change in resistance.