2019 Working Lunches will be posted soon!


Working Lunches offered in 2018

During the lunch break, 11:30am-1:00pm, attendees joined others in their field to network and discuss current “hot topics” affecting their profession.

Please note that there will be multiple “Grab-n-Go” lunch kiosks located in the Lone Star Foyer. You are welcome to bring your food into these sessions.



Networking Lunches

Monday
Advocates Networking Lunch:
Amy Jones, Jessica Brazeal, Jennifer Landhuis

Tuesday
Prosecutors Networking Lunch:
Kirsta Melton, Brooke Grona-Robb, Meghan Tokash

Wednesday
Law Enforcement Networking Lunch:
Peter Angell, Jon Lumbley, Mark Wynn

Tribal Networking Lunch:
Nicole Matthews, Guadalupe Lopez

Medical Networking Lunch:
Sheilah Priori, Liana Hill



Lunch Sessions

Monday
Snapchat for Law Enforcement
Naomi Pike
In this workshop, law enforcement will learn how to best utilize Snapchat data for their investigations and how to encourage users to stay safe on the app. 

Introduction to Deep Web & Dark Net
William Margolis
"How deep does the rabbit hole go?" In this introductory workshop to the Deep Web and Dark Net, attendees will learn about the dark side of the internet, including spy networks, human trafficking, and other illicit activities. See the side of the internet that most people have only heard of in movies and on television. (There is a separate version of this class for active law enforcement.)

Texas CJD Funding Opportunities
Alyssa Smith, Donald Stout
Join representatives from the Texas Office of the Governor's Criminal Justice Division (CJD) for a discussion on current funding opportunities in Texas. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions about grant applications, reporting, and other funding-related issues.

Shifting to Prevention
Kimberly Dickman
Everyone says they are working on prevention, but are you really? Prevention is different than awareness, it’s different than response, and it’s different than risk reduction. This session will examine the shift that needs to happen when we focus on preventing sexual violence and interpersonal violence. 

Tuesday
Immigration 101
Patricia Freshwater
This workshop will offer an overview of immigration law with a focus on options available to victims of violence. Topics covered will be family-based immigration, U and T visas, VAWA, asylum, and special immigrant juvenile visas. Attendees are encouraged to come with questions, as plenty of time will be dedicated to Q&A! 

OVW Funding Opportunities
Join representatives from the Office on Violence Against Women for a discussion on current federal funding opportunities. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions about grant applications, reporting, and other funding-related issues.

There's an App for That: Misuse (Pt. 1)
Audace Garnett, Ian Harris, Erica Olsen
This workshop will provide information and tools to recognize and understand how specific apps might be misused by abusers. The presenter will also answer common questions about current popular apps. 

Safety Planning Open Forum
Delana Baker, Ruth Guerreiro, Jordyn Lawson, Jaclyn Meeks
Safety planning is a critical component in working with victims of violent crimes, and there is no "one size fits all" plan for every victim. Advocates must stand ready with relevant information, and a lot of creativity, to help a victim develop a plan that will work best for them. This workshop will allow attendees to openly discuss effective safety planning, practical tools, tips, and tricks to help victims create a safety plan for every stage of their journey toward a life free of violence. Presenters and attendees will exchange ideas and work together to creatively find ways to help victims increase their safety.

Protecting & Serving DV Survivors in the Black Community
Gretta Gardner
Ujima, Inc.: The National Resource Center on Violence in the Black Community will host two informal lunchtime listening sessions with law enforcement officers who would like to engage in a dialogue about the help-seeking challenges Black survivors experience and the challenges law enforcement officers experience in responding to domestic violence in the Black community.  Ujima, Inc. will use these conversations as a springboard to create culturally responsive approaches based on mutual respect and effective communication.

Lessons from Baylor
Patty Crawford
The former Title IX Coordinator for Baylor University will talk about her experiences with the school's sexual assault scandal. During her time at Baylor, Crawford worked with hundreds of sexual assault and intimate partner violence victims and survivors. Although she improved Baylor's Title IX policies and procedures, she ultimately filed an official complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and resigned her position. This workshop will focus on her experiences with the hope of helping other institutions with their responses to gender and relationship violence.

Wednesday
The Power of Protective Orders
Carla Bean, Felicia Kerney, Lyndi Brooks
Protective Orders do not just protect victims; they are becoming increasingly effective tools for law enforcement and courts to identify and track perpetrators, sometimes even before a criminal case has been filed. They also provide a means for monitoring offender compliance and enforcing violations. Attendees will learn how the Texas legislature has enhanced state laws and the innovative ways the Dallas County District Attorney's Office has expanded the use of Protective Orders to serve a greater population of victims. Whether attendees provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, or child abuse and neglect, they will be enlightened and gain insight on the Power of Protective Orders. For attendees working outside of Texas, this workshop will be a thought-provoking session on how Protective Orders can be best utilized regardless of differences in demographics or legal systems in their area. 

Routers & WiFi Security
Bryan Franke
Are home or work networks truly secure? Can someone park down the street and use one's Internet access? Is a neighbor using someone's personal network to gain Internet access? This workshop will provide attendees with instructions on how to secure their router and change their Domain Name Server settings to one that is configurable, that will allow them to prevent people from accessing various pornography sites, gambling sites, etc. The presenter will also discuss how to limit what devices can access the Internet through one's network, and see what devices are connected to a network at any given time.

There's an App for That: Strategies for Safety & Privacy (Pt. 2)
Audace Garnett, Ian Harris, Erica Olsen
In this follow-up workshop, the presenter will discuss what steps survivors can take to safely use apps and increase their safety and privacy. The workshop will also give an overview of considerations for the development of apps for survivors.

Engaging Men to End Violence Against Women
Jan Langbein, Jim Savage, Crayton Webb
As David Brown, Former Dallas Police Chief & Genesis HeRO, said, "Societies are defined by how they treat women. We cannot accept that abuse of women is normal or routine." Violence against women is not merely a woman's issue. This workshop will explore unique ways in which men can be an active and critical part of the solution while increasing awareness and accountability. Genesis' men's auxiliary program, HeROs (He Respects Others), serve as mentors, grill masters, court advocates, funders, ambassadors, and community educators. Attendees will learn to organize, recruit, train, and engage men to help end violence against women. 

Protecting & Serving DV Survivors in the Black Community
Gretta Gardner
Ujima, Inc.: The National Resource Center on Violence in the Black Community will host two informal lunchtime listening sessions with law enforcement officers who would like to engage in a dialogue about the help-seeking challenges Black survivors experience and the challenges law enforcement officers experience in responding to domestic violence in the Black community.  Ujima, Inc. will use these conversations as a springboard to create culturally responsive approaches based on mutual respect and effective communication.