Advocacy for Victims of Strangulation
Michael Agnew, Gael Strack
This workshop will discuss the importance of advocacy for victims who have been strangled by their intimate partner. The presentation will discuss the findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor cases and how professionals, victims, and defendants regularly minimize such cases. The presentation will also explain the lethality of strangulation and how risk assessment tools can be used to identify high-risk victims. In addition, the presentation will provide an overview of victims’ rights, how to build rapport with victims, the recognition of attitudes and biases, and the importance of safety planning.
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 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.
The Battered Woman in Child Custody and Visitation Disputes
Does a woman achieve peace by leaving the man who has battered her? If she has children with him, the answer is often “no.” The child custody system is not designed or prepared to respond safely to domestic violence cases. Lundy Bancroft will describe why and how the system has gone severely awry and what we need to do now to fix it. We will examine: The most common errors made by family law courts in custody and visitation cases involving histories of family violence; Ways to analyze court documents and court-ordered evaluations, recognizing junk science, and identifying court bias; A range of approaches for maximizing a woman’s chance of success in protecting her children from continued harm by the abuser; and strategies for bringing about reform to the family law system.
The Challenge of Sexual Assault on College Campuses
Susan Howe, Ellyce Lindberg, Rick Shafer, Cathey Soutter, Lisa Webb, Lori White
After several reported sexual assaults on and near the Southern Methodist University (SMU), the President of the SMU appointed a Task Force to examine its sexual misconduct procedures and policies to ensure that SMU develops and maintains a model program. Data suggests that 20% of undergraduate women and 6% of undergraduate men will be victims of attempted or actual sexual assault on campus. This workshop will discuss the specific obligations related to sexual misconduct for colleges under the US Department of Education Dear Colleague letter and the work of the SMU Task Force in meeting the charge of the President’s Task Force and the Department of Education (Title IX) obligations. The workshop will additionally provide information about how the university responds to incidents of sexual assault on campus and works with community partners.
The Change Process for Abusive Men
It is common for abusive men to apologize for past violence and to assert that they have changed. These promises are inevitably followed by more abuse. Those abusive men who do change do so through a far more complex process of self-examination, overcoming of deep-seated attitudes, practicing new behaviors, and experiencing confrontation from others, over a period of years. This workshop will look at the specific elements of this process, the best ways to motivate abusers to do this hard work, and approaches to ongoing monitoring and accountability. The lecture will also look at the needs of victims during this difficult and often unsuccessful process.
Civil Justice for Victims of Stalking, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Civil actions offer victims indemnification for the damages they have suffered. The resources obtained through civil judgments help victims rebuild their lives. Civil Actions provide victims of stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence with an important affirmation of the harm they suffered and offer them a level of participation and control that may not be available or appropriate in a criminal prosecution. Unfortunately, many victims, service providers, and even attorneys are not fully aware of the availability and potential of civil legal remedies for crime victims, or the time periods in which they can bring action. This workshop is designed to train victim service providers on the basic principals of civil litigation for victims of crime so that they can, in turn, inform victims of their right to seek legal representation in a civil action.
Courtroom Psychology: How to be a Good Witness and Survive in the Courtroom
This workshop 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 theatre, 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.
Crime Scene Investigation in Violent Crimes Against Women, Part 1 & 2
Crime scene documentation and reconstruction contains a “general” component, which is utilized in all cases, as well as a specific component used in defined crimes. This presentation will provide information on the specific evidence and information that need to be obtained when investigating crimes of violence against women. Emphasis will be placed on using physical evidence in combination with verbal statements in order develop strong cases, as well as the specific evidence and information that should be recorded in cases involving domestic violence and sexual assault. Suggestions for preparing demonstrative courtroom evidence will also be presented.
Cyb3r Sc@ms: How Victims are Targeted and Why They Work
Online scams require little sophistication and offer great payoffs when successful. Last year, bank robberies totaled $38 million in losses while computer scam victims lost over $485 million, an 83% increase in losses from 3 years ago. Unfortunately, there are many more victims and most losses are not reported due to the victim’s embarrassment from being scammed, a lack of law enforcement resources or not knowing where to report the loss. All demographics are subject to online scams, however, some online scams target women more often and are more successful in defrauding women. Based upon data from the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), this presentation details how online criminals socially engineer their scams to target victims, identifies the most common methods used to initiate an online scam and advises on where to report them.
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 if you attend this session.
DNA Evidence and Human Trafficking
This presentation is for all professionals involved with the issue of human trafficking, including law enforcement, prosecutors and victim advocates. The presenter will discuss how DNA evidence can be used in these cases as well as where it can be found and how to look for it. Actual case examples will be used to demonstrate the value and utility of DNA evidence in human trafficking cases.
The Documentation and Investigation of Strangulation Crimes
This workshop will discuss the documentation and investigation of a domestic violence and sexual assault strangulation case for prosecution. The presentation will cover resources and tools for first responders and detectives, including specialized documentation forms. The session will also discuss techniques that can be used to interview victims of strangulation.
Documenting and Investigating Stalking Technology
Rebecca Dreke, Mark Kurkowski
Research shows that 6.6 million people were stalked in one year in the US and both research and experience demonstrate that most stalking cases involve some form of technology. In this workshop we will explore how some of the most common forms of technology are used in stalking cases and how law enforcement and prosecutors can document and investigate the use of technology. Practical and accessible information will be provided on collecting evidence on technologies including cell phones, email, and social networking sites.
Domestic Violence Prosecution Without a Victim
Often victims of family violence decide, for a multitude of reasons, to drop charges. It does not mean a crime did not happen, but how do you prove it? This presentation will discuss ways to present your case without a victim, including a discussion on the current state of Confrontation Clause (Crawford) rulings.
Easy to Miss: Piecing Together Stalking Cases
Rebecca Dreke, Mark Kurkowski
Stalking cases are inherently challenging for law enforcement in that they are often made up of behaviors that, individually, are not criminal acts. Even when the stalking does include criminal acts, like property damage or violation of an order of protection, unless they are viewed in the context of other behaviors, the stalking may be missed. The presenters will use a recent case to demonstrate how stalking often goes unidentified, how law enforcement can better recognize a stalking case, and identifying the risk posed to victims in these cases.
Effective Response to Domestic Violence for Rural Agencies
Due to resources, staffing and the large land area often involved, there are differences in the response to domestic violence by urban and rural law enforcement agencies. While rural law enforcement agencies face unique challenges, their response can be just as effective as their metropolitan counterparts. This workshop will examine an effective rural agency approach to domestic violence. The discussion will include first responder actions, victim and witness interviews, suspect interrogation, wound documentation, evidence collection and inter-agency cooperation.
Engaging Campus Communities in Violence Prevention
Despite the fact the vast majority of campus community members would prefer crime did not happen, only a minority proactively align themselves with the mission of prevention. The gap between “intention” and “action” is troubling and effectively addressing “obstacles to action” that prevent individuals and groups on campus from engagement is a key to mobilizing communities toward prevention. This workshop will lay a foundation that will help equip law enforcement and other first responders with specific strategies for understanding and addressing individual and campus-wide obstacles to action. In order to effectively reduce crime on any given campus, a culture of intolerance of crime must be created among community members. Since there are more individuals that are not committing crime than those who are – an effective strategy to mobilize these non-offending community members to action can ultimately shift campus norms to active intolerance of crime, and an ultimate reduction.
Ethical Considerations for Prosecutors in Domestic Violence Cases
Teresa Garvey, John Wilkinson
This presentation will address the unique ethical considerations that face prosecutors in domestic violence cases, including charging decisions, compelling victim testimony, recantations, Crawford, discovery, immunity, and confidentiality.
Ethical Considerations for Prosecutors in Sexual Assault Cases
Teresa Garvey, John Wilkinson
This presentation will address the unique ethical considerations that face prosecutors in sexual assault cases, including charging decisions, discovery, rape shield evidence, immunity, media relations, use of polygraphs, and confidentiality.
Family Violence in Military Families: The Result of a Decade of Deployments?
Anne Potts Jackson
We regularly honor and want to think the best of those who serve in the United States Military and deploy in defense of our safety and liberty; however, years of combat, multiple deployments, and post traumatic stress have affected military families in a variety of ways - sometimes resulting in violence against family members. This presentation will discuss what you need to know about working with members of the military as victims AND offenders. This workshop will include examples from the presenter’s personal experience as the spouse of a US Air Force pilot and mother of three, as well as what she has learned from prosecuting hundreds of military members accused of family violence. She will discuss practical resources available at military installations and through the Veteran’s Administration (VA) for active duty military members, veterans, and military dependents, as well as books that provide insight into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in an attempt to distinguish between typical family violence continuums/paradigms and post deployment reunion/reintegration issues (commonly referred to as PTSD).
Financial Exploitation Later In Life: Strategies for Identification, Investigation, and Prosecution
Page Ulrey, John Wilkinson
Financial exploitation of the elderly is a frequently under-recognized and exceedingly difficult form of mistreatment to investigate and prosecute. Cases are often under-recognized because elderly persons are isolated and have little or no access to professionals who may or may not be trained to recognize risk factors for exploitation. This presentation will describe a typical case of elder financial exploitation: how the perpetrator gains the victim's trust, takes control of his/her assets, and exploits the victim. In addition, the presentation will cover the legal issues that often arise in the prosecution of elder financial exploitation cases, and the essential role allied professionals can play in identifying these cases, bringing them to the attention of authorities, and in their successful prosecution.
Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview – A Conversation With the Brainstem, Part 1 & 2
Trauma victims do not experience trauma in the same way most of us experience a non-traumatic event. When trauma occurs, the advanced portion of the brain will frequently shut down leaving the brainstem or emotional brain to experience and record the event. Brainstems do a great job recording experiential and sensory information but do not do very well recording the peripheral information we have been trained to obtain. This presentation will explore innovative and revolutionary ways to interview the brainstem in a manner that not only reduces the inaccuracy of the information provided, but will greatly enhance understanding of the the experience, thereby increasing the likelihood of a better understanding of the event. The Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview has already been proven to be a game changer in the intervention, response, investigation and prosecution of many forms of violence including child abuse, domestic violence and adult sexual abuse.
Gang-Related Violence Against Women and Girls
Teresa Garvey, John Wilkinson
Gangs have long been known for the perpetration of violent and drug-related crimes, but those crimes thrive in a culture that also promotes the subjugation of women and girls. While gang membership per se is not illegal, the exploitive nature of gang culture is often hostile toward females, including the use of violence against women as retaliation, to move up a gang hierarchy, and the pimping and commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls. Victims of such exploitation and violence can include anyone, from a gang member’s intimate partner to a female gang member or even a random stranger. This presentation will examine gang-related domestic and sexual violence, gang culture, and the gang members as abusers. The session will also review abduction, recruitment, and the violence involved in sexual exploitation. Participants will learn about the violence, tactics, recruitment methods, and recommended victim-centered responses to address the violence.
Grooming Explained and Analyzed
Sexual predators groom both the victim and the environment. There is a pattern to grooming which is found across many types of sex crimes. In this session Dr. Tanner clarifies the structure and process of grooming and demonstrates how it is manifested in many types of offenses. Whether you work assault against adults or children, trafficking, position of trust or acquaintance cases, you will find this session helps you understand how the victim and the environment were groomed. This session will be beneficial for forensic interviewers, investigators, prosecutors, caseworkers, treatment agents and community supervision officers.
Identifying and Protecting Individuals Facing or Fleeing Forced Marriage in the United States
Valenda Applegarth, Heather Heiman
Forced marriage threatens the freedom and safety of numerous women and girls in immigrant communities in the US, presenting unique challenges for service providers and law enforcement. The reasons behind forced marriages are complex - families may view forced marriage as a way to prevent their children from becoming too Americanized, protect the family’s honor, or gain economic security. Whatever the rationale, victims of forced marriage often face severe and sustained harm, including domestic abuse, rape, and other forms of gender based violence. This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of the nature and scope of forced marriage in refugee and immigrant communities in the US, including discussion of the complex social and cultural dynamics involved in such cases. Attendees will learn how to better screen for and identify forced marriage cases, and receive guidance on safety planning, legal remedies, and privacy protections (including relocation options) for individuals at risk.
Implementing a Lethality Assessment Program: Lessons Learned
Sheila Greene, Tonia Cunningham
The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) is a tool for protecting victims of domestic violence that has generated considerable interest in the law enforcement community. While this research-based assessment tool is sound and fairly easy to replicate, many departments have questions and concerns regarding its adoption. If you have questions about whether your department should implement LAP, this workshop will provide you with some answers. The presenters, a detective and an advocate, represent two police departments that have both participated in a three-month LAP pilot project. They will provide a brief overview of the program, how it works in their respective agencies and how to apply for funding. The presenters will discuss the issues encountered in starting and operating the program as well as the results of their pilot programs. Lastly they will share the good, the bad, the ugly and the unexpected lessons they learned in implementing LAP.
The Intelligence and Analysis Driven Response to Human Trafficking
Jane Mosbacher Morris, Nick Sensley
The most effective law enforcement response to human trafficking is through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary strategy that employs a collaborative response to all forms of human trafficking. This strategic response demands unified planning and directing, and the collection, management, processing and exploitation, analysis, production, and dissemination of information in a linked intelligence process to Federal and State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) responders and prosecutors to address the problem. The effort must be closely interlinked with NGOs and other providers who serve and support survivor transition and rehabilitation. This workshop will address current and needed initiatives against human trafficking aimed to establish a more defined, whole-of-government architecture that interconnects and better integrates state and local criminal intelligence and human trafficking investigations and supports service provision to survivors.
Internet Searching Techniques: Using Google and Facebook to Find Information
Elizabeth Tow, Lauren Wagner
The Internet is a goldmine of investigative information, but the trouble is understanding what tools and techniques can help find and filter the information to just the important nuggets. This presentation will teach attendees how to use Google Boolean and advanced operators to more effectively search for information as well as teach specific Facebook searching techniques to find all possible publicly available data. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets to this workshop to actively participate in various online aspects of the lecture. Free wireless Internet will be provided.
Interrogation: A 360-Degree Perspective, Part 1 & 2
Eduardo Ibarra, Kevin Navarro, John Palmer
In 2010, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's (FLETC) Behavioral Science Division (BSD), the Dallas Police Department (DPD), and the FLETC Media Support Division (MSD) initiated a joint project exploring interrogation methods from a 360-degree perspective. Videotaped interrogations of homicide suspects conducted by DPD detectives were analyzed. Videotaped interviews of the detectives and now-incarcerated suspects were then conducted. Those interviews explored the philosophy and methodology of the detectives as well as the opinions of the suspects. This presentation is based on that project. It will focus on principles of interpersonal dynamics, rapport building, methods by which a confession is elicited, and interrogation philosophy. Key segments of video from the interrogation are presented. These segments are combined with videotaped perspective on these aspects of the interrogation from the investigator and the now-incarcerated suspect, providing a 360-degree look at critical steps and principles associated with a criminal interrogation.
Interview and Interrogation in Domestic Violence Cases, Part 1 & 2
Interviewing suspects of domestic violence and abuse are among the most difficult interviews you will conduct. The topic is complex and emotionally charged. Using appropriate techniques is particularly important, and obtaining a confession may never feel more urgent. Suspects in domestic violence cases often experience conflicting emotions that manifest themselves in physical and verbal behaviors. In this workshop, the presenter will discuss how to identify and accurately interpret those behaviors. You will hear and see what physical gestures, facial expressions and postures say about a suspect’s truthfulness, as well as their tone of voice, word choice, and other verbal cues. While abusers may come from any background, they often share common characteristics. In this presentation, you will learn what those characteristics are and how to identify them.
Jury Selection In Sexual Assault Cases: Do We Want A Fair And Impartial Jury?...Nah!
Jury selection in cases involving allegations of sexual assault offer unique challenges for both the prosecutor and defense attorney. This workshop will focus on the perceptions and beliefs that prospective jurors have regarding allegations of sexual assault and how to overcome them, the use of jury questionnaires, what to say and what to ask during voir dire, the psychology of jury selection, and other issues.
Law Enforcement Officers as Domestic Violence Victims and Offenders
Teresa Garvey, John Wilkinson
Effective response to domestic violence in the law enforcement family presents unique challenges. When the offender is a law enforcement officer, the victim faces additional obstacles in reporting the crime and receiving proper assistance from responding law enforcement officers and when it is the victim who is a law enforcement officer, regardless of the status of the abuser, the victim may be reluctant to identify as a “victim” by reporting the abuse. This presentation will identify the unique challenges these cases present, explain the need to coordinate administrative response with criminal investigation and prosecution, suggest effective protocols for law enforcement response to officer-involved domestic violence, provide strategies to prevent and identify domestic violence in the law-enforcement community, and suggest resources to assist victims when one or both of the parties is a law enforcement officer.
Legal Aspects and Use of Experts in Strangulation Cases
This workshop will provide an overview of how to prosecute intimate partner violence strangulation cases. The presentation will explain why strangulation demands a felony arrest and the impact of new laws that support it as such. Also covered will be the typical defenses argued in strangulation cases; identified strategies to develop local experts; and how to prepare for an effective case at trial, including tips and successful tactics related to jury selection, opening statements and closing arguments, and direct and cross-examination of witnesses.
Making it Stick: Protecting the Record for Appeal
Teresa Garvey, John Wilkinson
Obtaining a conviction in a sexual assault or domestic violence case is usually a hard-won victory, whether by guilty plea or by trial. This presentation will discuss the proper creation and protection of the record during all phases of a criminal case focusing on investigation, charging, plea agreements, trial preparation and strategy, summation, and sentencing.
The Medical Aspects of a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Strangulation Case
This workshop will provide an overview of an intimate partner violence strangulation case from the medical perspective. It will discuss and explain current medical research and key medical terms related to a strangulation case. This presentation will also review and discuss the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases; the anatomy and medical aspects in surviving and non-surviving victims; and the identification of injuries.
The Modern Batterer
Tactics used by men who batter women evolve over time. In the second decade of this century, we are seeing important trends that professionals need to be informed about, including: The mounting use of cyberstalking and other high-tech means for surveillance and control of abused women; Increasingly sophisticated use of the legal system as a weapon against the woman, including manipulating systems so that she gets arrested, using lawsuits, and using the child custody system; Penetration into government and academic positions to influence policy and research. This workshop will explore specific examples in each category and reflect on strategies for effective response.
The Nuts and Bolts of a Federal Sex Trafficking Investigation and Prosecution
This workshop will present the elements of a human sex trafficking investigation and prosecution, providing an overview of the victims and their victimology, issues involved with pimps, and various federal laws that could be applied in most human sex trafficking investigations and prosecutions at the federal level. The presentation will focus on the elements of each crime, the statutory penalties, and an overview of the federal sentencing guideline provisions and enhancements that apply. This workshop is intended to teach investigators and prosecutors, new to these types of cases, the various legal and practical issues that should be considered from the beginning to the end of an investigation and prosecution of sex trafficking.
Online Privacy, Safety, and Offender Accountability
Travis Bright, Erica Olsen
Maintaining our privacy online is a complex process. Online spaces are built so that we can share information and connect with others. Abusers and perpetrators misuse these spaces to gather information about victims, or to impersonate, harass, and stalk victims. Being online safely requires looking at what we do with our personal information both offline and online. This session will take a look at how we can increase our privacy online and will provide tips and strategies to share with victims. A member of Facebook’s Site Integrity Team will review online tools for law enforcement, including how to create and customize accounts, adjust privacy settings, and submit legal process to Facebook. We will also discuss email tracing and other strategies for offender accountability. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and follow along online with some of the exercises. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets to this workshop to actively participate in various online aspects of the lecture. Free wireless Internet will be provided.
Prosecuting Sexual Assault Crimes: A Variety of Victims
Cresta Garland, Rita Granado Gentile
This workshop will present the nuts and bolts of trial preparation, jury selection and trial strategy as it relates to a variety of victims of sexual assault. The presenters will discuss their own trial experiences and explain various obstacles that they have encountered and overcome regarding deceased victims, victims with special needs, and the “imperfect victim.” Everyone is entitled to justice; sometimes creativity is the key to receiving a “just” result.
Prosecuting Stalking Cases
Hema Khan, John Wilkinson
Most stalking cases do not end up in the criminal justice system and those that do pose particular challenges for prosecutors. In this session we will discuss these challenges as well as the benefits of charging stalking as opposed to, or in addition to, other crimes. We will also address elements of building and trying stalking cases including collecting and presenting evidence, motions for bail, and sentencing considerations.
PTSD: What You Need to Know as a First Responder, Investigator, Victim Advocate or Prosecutor
Traumatic stress and PTSD play an important and often overlooked role in crime, as both a driver of victim behaviors before and after criminal acts, and as a causal element of not only psychiatric injury, but also of physical injury suffered by female victims. This workshop provides a superb, understandable model for understanding: both conscious and subconscious post-traumatic victim reactions secondary to criminal encounters; their bio-neuro-physiological origins and processes; documentation of traumatic stress disorders; the immediate and broader risks which they create for physical morbidity and mortality; and their implications for victim advocacy, as well as perpetrator prosecution, in both trials and protective orders. Emphasis is on understanding PTSD as a true medical injury resulting from crime, and its severe and extensive cost (in dollars, disability and suffering), not only to victims, but also to innocent family members to whom it is inter-generationally and cross-generationally transmitted.
Sexual Deviant Killers, Part 1 & 2
This workshop offers extensive examination into the fantasy world and the minds of sexually violent and deviant individuals who generally target women. Specifically, this presentation focuses on the etiologies and thought processes of extreme violent and abnormal sexual pathology, focusing on serial lust murder, extreme forms of sexual sadism, necrophilia, cannibalism, as well as violent internet pornography associated with each. Sexual violence research and homicide case samples will be presented with the goals of appropriately identifying fantasy facilitators and increasing effectiveness of search warrants, improving the effectiveness of interviewing strategies, identifying specific types of criminal behavior and warning signs of problematic and high risk behaviors and increase effectiveness in cold case homicide solve-ability. For more information, please visit Dr. Simon's website.
Sexual Violence on Campus: Constructing an Appropriate Victim Response
In order to have the best outcome, it is critical that both campus officials and criminal justice professionals coordinate and cooperate in responding to campus victims of sexual violence. The response of the different professionals involved are governed by several different laws as well as the respective agencies policies and procedures. These include, but are not limited to, the Jeanne Clery Act and Title IX, as well as state criminal laws and the policies and procedures of law enforcement and prosecutors. This presentation will explore the intersection between these laws and policies, the impact of the campus climate in relation to crime reporting, and the importance of a victim-centered response to campus crime.
Strategies for Risk and Lethality Assessment: A Community Approach
This workshop will describe a model for a community strategy for risk and lethality assessment for domestic violence cases involving criminal justice, domestic violence advocacy/service organizations, and the health care system, including the Veteran’s Administration. Instruments for determining risk of re-assault and risk of lethality/near lethality will be presented along with their intended use and research supporting their accuracy. Use of the Danger Assessment, as well as the LAP (Lethality Assessment Protocol) and strategies with evidence supporting their value in increasing victim safety, will be described in more detail.
Tackling Demand: Primary Prevention in the Fight Against Sex Trafficking
Marian Hatcher, Lina Nealon
There is growing recognition among criminal justice professionals, policymakers, and service providers that demand prevention and intervention is a critical component to any comprehensive anti-trafficking strategy. Demand prevention is already being pursued in creative, albeit ad hoc ways across the country by law enforcement, ranging in tactics from reverse stings to first offender prostitution programs “john schools” to law enforcement-led public awareness campaigns to shaming. This workshop will provide an overview of existing and emerging efforts to combat demand for sex trafficking in the United States, explore barriers to progress, and identify pragmatic next steps in research, policy, and practice.
Taking Down a Pimp: The Fight to Save our Daughters
This presentation is a hybrid of a case study and lecture. Attendees will go behind the scenes of the investigation, detailed in the presenter’s best selling true crime book Off the Streets, to learn how Anthony Smith, one of the most violent human traffickers in Las Vegas was taken down. In addition to detailing the actual investigation, the presenter will discuss the reality of the pimp/prostitute culture. He will refute the commonly held misconceptions and the media propaganda about the sex trade. Lastly, he will provide attendees with strategies and best practices, for investigating and convicting human traffickers who trade in human misery.
Technology Awareness in Investigations: Using the Data You Can’t See
Elizabeth Tow, Lauren Wagner
Often in criminal investigations there is data available that may be missed due to lack of training, understanding, or knowledge. Hidden geolocation information in pictures from cell phones and social media, data and GPS coordinates in cell phones, IP login information and other data from social media can all be found using the correct investigative tools and techniques. This lecture will show attendees how to find and use this data, as well as how to be sure you do not potentially compromise your investigations online by revealing you are a law enforcement officer. Students are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablets to this workshop to actively participate in various online aspects of the lecture. Free wireless Internet will be provided.
Trauma and Treatment for Survivors and All Involved Professionals, Part 1 & 2
Rick Levinson, Carol Logan
Trauma dramatically affects survivors of violent crime but it also impacts professionals on the front lines working with and supporting those survivors. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) results not only from major traumatic events but also from the gradual accumulation of painful life experiences. Neurobiology provides the clearest window into the nature of PTSD and how it impacts the individual’s life. Research shows that trauma is one of the most treatable of all emotional/psychological challenges. This presentation will cover some basics of the neurobiology of trauma. We will then focus on its treatment, specifically EMDR, one of the most researched and widely utilized effective and efficient treatment methods available. This presentation is valuable for anyone exposed to the impact of any trauma on individuals, no matter how indirectly.
Understanding the Dynamics of a Violent Relationship
This presentation will describe the components of a violent relationship and explore the basic fundamentals of the issue of domestic violence and its effect on families and children in an effort to create a better understanding into the thinking, feeling and behaviors of victims.
Understanding Sex Offenders
This session focuses professionals on the cognitive set of the intrafamilial and position of trust sex offender. We will expand and clarify elements of investigation, prosecution and effective containment. We will discuss sex offenders' perceptions, and cognitive processes. Participants will leave this session with a new understanding of sex offenders, which will enhance the ability to investigate, prosecute, supervise and treat sex offenders.
Using Danger Assessment to Help Abused Women Accurately Determine their Risk of Lethality
This session will give participants a background on domestic violence homicide and interactive instruction on how to administer the Danger Assessment (DA) tool to determine the risk of homicide or near homicide in violent intimate relationships to victim/survivors, the weighted scoring for the DA, the resulting levels of danger and what kinds of safety strategies might be recommended at each level. Participants will be eligible for certification in the DA at the completion of the session and will receive directions on how to obtain and use the certification.
Violence Against Women in a Digital Age
Kaofeng Lee, Erica Olsen
Do you know how easy it is for some abusers to track their victim’s every move, to monitor everything they do on a computer, in their cars, or on certain phones? Like many criminals, perpetrators of stalking and domestic violence are often ahead of the curve on the use of technology. Through the Internet, high-tech global positioning systems (GPS), cell-phones and handheld computers, abusers use technology to further harm and control their victims. Understanding technology misuse is crucial to both supporting victims and holding offenders accountable. Drawing from survivor experiences and through videos and demonstrations, this workshop will illustrate the safety risks of phone, GPS, camera, Internet, and computer technologies.
Voluntary Intoxication – It’s Not Consent for Sex You Know!
Sexual assault investigations and prosecutions involving voluntarily intoxicated victims present significant challenges. Many predators know of these challenges and prey upon voluntarily intoxicated victims. All too often, investigators and prosecutors focus on explaining away the victim's choices and behaviors rather than focusing on the predator's use of intoxication as a tool. Consequently, these cases are often not properly investigated, charged, or are lost at trial. This lecture will provide participants with a strong foundation in the toxicology of alcohol and how to investigate to identify the outward manifestations of the impact of alcohol, as well as its impact on decision-making, memory and perception. The presentation will also offer strategies for re-framing the investigation and prosecution to ensure that they are conducted in an offender focused way. We will go beyond the didactic into the experience and recreating the experience with vignettes and real-world videos.
When Helping Hurts: Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue
Vicarious trauma is a stress reaction experienced by professionals who are exposed to traumatic images by clients, in which the professionals themselves begin to experience symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. Compassion fatigue is the culmination of the negative effects of over-empathizing with victims. All victim service professionals who work with trauma victims, even those who consider themselves “grizzled veterans,” must be aware of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue, recognize the symptoms, and learn how to prevent the conditions or seek professional assistance.
Why Does He Do That? Understanding Abusive and Controlling Men
We can't stop domestic violence if we don't stop the perpetrators and hold them accountable. This workshop draws from both research and clinical experience to reveal the underlying causes of battering behavior. The presenter will explore the batterer's profile and tactics, with a particular eye to understanding how he manages to be a tyrant at home while simultaneously escaping detection by the outside world. He will then review research and case illustrations to show best practices for safe and effective interventions with men who batter to promote family safety and hold the offender accountable.