The Ninth Annual Conference theme, The Courage to Act: Working Together to End Bullying, speaks directly to the Board’s hope and outcome for our conference. We gather to be strengthened with new knowledge, research and practices which will inspire, invigorate, challenge and renew our collective courage to act collaboratively to stop bullying. We will hear from outstanding leaders from across the world that will provide research, strategies and solutions for schools and communities in bullying prevention and intervention. A focus of this year’s conference will include the importance of adult, youth partnerships which are critical to our collective efforts. The Board of IBPA is thrilled to have outstanding keynotes presented by Academy Award–winning documentary filmmaker and co‐creator of GroundSpark’s Respect for All Project, Debra Chasnoff, as well as noted authors Stan Davis, Schools Where Everyone Belongs and Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention, and Charisse Nixon, PhD coauthor of Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying. Stan and Charisse are also the cofounders of the Youth Voice Project.Because the mission of the International Bullying Prevention Association is to support and enhance quality research based bullying prevention principles and best practices, we are privileged to have a host of extremely talented workshop presenters that will address a wide variety of topics including cyber bullying, research, prevention and intervention strategies, as well as bullying within special populations. We are excited this year that IBPA will have a specific focus on issues of bullying, hazing and harassment in higher education and athletics. Truly, this year’s conference is reflective of the Board’s belief that we must all courageously work together to address bullying in all its forms and environments.
Stalking affects 6.6 million people in the United States each year and stalking victims recount the fear and distress they have experienced as a result of this crime in courtrooms throughout the country everyday. Far too often, these victims’ reports are taken seriously only after the stalkers escalate their behaviors and cause significant property damage, physical harm, or death to their victims. Stalkers create and exploit vulnerabilities in their victims while relying on technology and their ability to manipulate the justice system in order to conceal their crimes and cast doubt on their victim’s credibility. This conference will address the challenges stalking crimes present, the use of technology to commit and conceal the crime and innovative strategies for investigating and prosecuting stalkers and promoting victim safety.AEquitas is partnering with the Stalking Resource Center and the Battered Women’s Justice Project to host a national conference that will include topical and skill building sessions designed to enhance the ability of participants to prosecute intimate partner stalking cases.
5th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference: From Scene to Courtroom Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Child and Elder Abuse. The conference will begin promptly at 11:30 AM with welcome by Kansas City, MO Police Chief Darryl Forte, followed by award presentations. "Investigative Strategies for Non-Stranger SA" will now be presented by national expert, Joanne Archambault (Sergeant, San Diego PD, Retired) at 12:30 on Thursday. "The Dollars and Sense of Forensic Compliance" presented by national expert, Joanne Archambault (Sergeant, San Diego PD, Retired) has been moved to 8:00 AM on Thursday "Cultural & Linguistic Competency in SAFE Care: Are You Prepared?" presented by Michael L. Weaver, MD FACEP FCC has been moved to 12:30 on Thursday. "Serial Rapist in Kansas City-A Case Study" will now be presented by Detective Rachel Rittenhouse, Kansas City Police Department, Sex Crimes Unit, at 12:30 on Thursday.
What’s the Problem – Since 2006 more than 150 individuals have been identified in our state as victims of human trafficking; some have been foreign-born, some have been U.S. citizens; some have been adults, some have been minors; some have been trafficked for forced labor, others for commercial sex. These individuals have been indentified not only in Kansas City and St. Louis, but in communities around the state. Regardless of the specific circumstances, each case represents someone who has suffered a severe injustice and a violation of their personhood and their human rights.
Who Should Come – Effective action to recognize victims, to intervene and help individuals rebuild their lives, and ultimately to prevent trafficking requires a collaborative approach. Whether you are a school counselor, a local law enforcement officer, an emergency room clinician, a social worker, or another professional, you play an essential role in this effort. To eradicate human trafficking in Missouri and to empower survivors of this violence requires diverse skills and experience from many different sectors. If you have attended one of our earlier trainings (April 2010 or before), please join again. This training is more in-depth with multiple presenters from different areas of expertise.
What You Will Learn - The purpose of this training is to equip you to identify human trafficking and to collaborate with other professionals to meet the needs of survivors. Trainers include Officer Tim Thomason and Sgt. Lloyd Simons [Columbia Police Department], Carrie Tyler [Human Trafficking Outreach Manager for Centro Latino and CMSTHC], Gail Reynoso [Victim Advocate with CARDV], Margaret Howard [Advocate for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking], child welfare professionals, and board members of CMSHTC. Social Work contact hours available; P.O.S.T. credit pending.
Partnerships a Must - Although it can be challenging to create effective and mutually trusting partnerships among social services, health care, law enforcement, and community organizations, such partnerships are absolutely essential for an effective response to this difficult crime.
Where and When - The training will be on April 29th, 2011 at the Columbia Police Regional Training Center, Robert M. Lemone Building, at 5001 Meyer Industrial Drive, Columbia, MO. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.; training is from 9 AM to 5 PM. The cost is $10.00 for the training. There will be a 75 minute break for lunch; we will have box lunches from Kaldi’s available for those who wish to eat at the site (please let us know ahead of time so we can order enough lunches; lunch is $10.00 additional). There are also some cafés a short drive from the training center.
Invite Others - Please post and share this event with your co-workers. Please come and learn how to best serve members of your community who are without a voice!
Collaboration between professionals in the victim services and disabilities fields means better services and stronger support for crime victims who have disabilities. This 3-day training is designed for victim service providers, advocates for people with disabilities, self-advocates, and allied professionals. Using case studies and small group discussions, you will examine the prevalence of crime against people with disabilities, perceptions of the criminal justice system, tenets of the disabilities movement, and the impact of disabilities on daily life. Through collaborative activities you will identify ways the various agencies, organizations, and systems can work together to better serve crime victims with disabilities. Specific topics include—
Understanding applicable laws and reporting requirements.
Overcoming situational, personal, and communication challenges.
4th Annual Forensic Investigations Conference: Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, Child Abuse...From Crime Scene to Courtroom
Join fellow law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, EMS personnel, victim’s advocates, judges, criminalists, and military personnel for this cutting edge conference. We will focus on a broad array of
emerging forensic practices, in sexual assault, interpersonal violence, human trafficking, child and elder abuse, in the urban and rural environments.
This conference is designed to provide a multidisciplinary interactive educational opportunity regarding promising practices when working with victims of violence. Our
conference will always provide multidisciplinary team learning and consider the forensic implications on the street, in the healthcare setting and in the courtroom. Since violence is a health care crisis, we will focus on approaching forensic issues in a caring, collaborative, coordinated, compassionate, competent, and victim-centered process.
National Institute of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Laboratory Division
The nature of trace, or "transfer," evidence is highly variable, and trace evidence can be found at nearly every crime or accident scene. Trace evidence is considered one of the most diverse of the forensic disciplines because it can include the analysis of hair, fiber, paint, glass, dirt/dust, botanical material, arson/fire debris, explosives and impression evidence. While trace evidence is rarely the only evidence available in an investigation, identifying the origin of foreign material found at a crime scene and linking such material with material from different locations can be a powerful evidentiary finding.
Recognizing the important impact that trace evidence has on criminal investigations and, ultimately, on our justice system, the National Institute of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Laboratory Division are co-sponsoring a Trace Evidence Symposium. The theme of the 2011 Symposium is "Science, Significance and Impact."
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