Date/Time: 
01/14/2010 (All day)
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Webinar

Sponsoring Agency: 
Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Description: 

Webinar - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Central

This videoconference will share how and why the Suffolk CAC Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition was developed and discuss lessons learned from our efforts to date. Participants will hear about how exploited youth are screened and identified, and specific protocols and policies developed to address the sexual exploitation of youth in Suffolk County. We will also discuss how the SEEN MDT model has been integrated into a CAC program. Presented by Susan Goldfarb.

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Date/Time: 
01/13/2010 (All day)
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Webinar

Sponsoring Agency: 
Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center
Description: 

Webinar - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Central

This program will discuss how sexting crimes can be investigated and prosecuted. It will examine how laws currently are written to include sexting as a form of child pornography and whether there needs to be new legal initiatives directed toward this specific act. Presented by NDAA Staff.

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Date/Time: 
01/13/2010 - 2:00pm
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The webinar will be 11:00am PST / 12:00pm MST / 1:00pm CST / 2:00pm EST.

Sponsoring Agency: 
End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International
Description: 

Medical Mandated Reporting for Sexual Assault (including adolescent and child victims, and child abuse reporting requirements)

Professionals across the country are struggling to implement a community response system that is compliant with the provisions of the Violence Against Women Act of 2005, 42 U.S.C. § 3796gg-4(d) (typically referred to as “VAWA 2005”). With resources provided by a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), we can help to achieve this goal in your community.

To help, please join us for the third in a series of webinars on “Medical Mandated Reporting.” This webinar will be moderated by Sgt. Joanne Archambault (Ret.) and Dr. Kim Lonsway of EVAW International. Expert presenters include Kim Day, the  SAFE TA Coordinator for the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN),  and Teresa Scalzo, a civilian attorney with the Department of the Navy, in the Office of  the Judge Advocate General’s Criminal Law Division.

In some states, medical professionals are legally mandated to notify law  enforcement of any sexual assault that is committed (or suspected to have been  committed) against one of their patients. These laws vary dramatically in terms of  what triggers the mandated reporting requirement, what information must be  reported, who must be notified of the report, and what specific procedures must be  followed to comply with this mandated reporting requirement. This webinar is  designed to clarify these complex issues and explore questions regarding  compliance with VAWA 2005 provisions and forensic exams.

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Date/Time: 
12/18/2009 (All day)
Sponsoring Agency: 
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR)
Description: 

About December 18, International Migrants Day

On December 18, 1990, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families was approved by the United Nations General Assembly, after almost a decade of governmental negotiations and pressure from migrant rights advocates around the world.  In December 2000 the United Nations proclaimed December 18 as International Migrants Day.
 
Since 2001, in solidarity with other migrant rights organizations around the world, NNIRR has commemorated this day with members and allies.  Each year we assist growing numbers of local events and initiatives with widely-endorsed call-to-actions, educational and organizing materials, and commemorative posters and t-shirts. 
 
International Migrants Day 2009

NNIRR's recently-released human rights report, "Guilty by Immigration Status", documents how inter-agency and local police collaboration around immigration law enforcement, especially through the 287g agreements and the Secure Communities Program, have undermined community safety and made immigrants even more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

The global economic crisis further burdened already vulnerable immigrant communities around the world, and those in the U.S. were no exception.  For the first time in decades, immigrants were forced to reduce their remittances to their families abroad, who themselves faced increasing hardships as most countries in the Global South were not immune to the crippling effects of the crisis.  Many immigrants also become subject to scapegoating, as xenophobic rhetoric blamed immigrants and clouded failed economic policies.  Many ruthless employers also used the crisis to further exploit their immigrant workers.
 
As this year's International Migrants Day also falls during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN Climate Summit) in Copenhagen, we also recognize the estimated 25 million people around the world who have suffered from forced displacement from their homelands and communities due to the devastating effects of climate change, more than those displaced by war.  This number is expected to go up to 250 million in less than 50 years.  By 2100, more than 20 countries are expected to experience 30-60% of agricultural and food production loss, 2.3 billion people will be threatened by mega-droughts, and almost 90% of people in rural communities around the world will lose their livelihoods. 

Especially on International Migrants Day, when we recognize and honor migrants throughout the world, we need to raise awareness about the need for policies that ameliorate involuntary displacement and forced migration, including climate justice, fair trade and sustainable community development, and fulfilling the need and access to healthcare, education, housing, jobs and safe, healthy environments.
 
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For more information, contact:
 
Colin Rajah, NNIRR
510-465-1984 x306
crajah@nnirr.org

Date/Time: 
12/15/2009 - 2:00pm
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Webinar

Sponsoring Agency: 
IAFN's SAFE Technical Assistance Project
Description: 

Presented by Jack Ballantyne, Ph.D. and Pam Marshall, M.S., this webinar will offer advanced education to practitioners on issues involving timing of evidence collection, advances in forensic DNA technology, and factors affecting time since intercourse intervals. At the end of the event, attendees will:

  • Have an increased understanding of timing considerations for sexual assault examination;
  • Recognize that forensic evidence may be available well beyond 72 hours after the assault;
  • Become familiar with advances in forensic DNA technology; and
  • Understand factors that affect time since intercourse (TSI) intervals

Speaker Bios:

Jack Ballantyne is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Associate Director for Research at the National Center for Forensic Science in Orlando, Florida. He possesses a B.Sc. (with Honours) in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, an M.Sc. in Forensic Science from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, New York. His current duties include teaching and conducting research in forensic molecular genetics. He teaches a variety of forensic biology courses to baccalaureate and Masters level students in Forensic Science Program, and nucleic acid biochemistry to Ph.D. students in Biomolecular Sciences Program.

Prior to entering academia, he was a casework forensic scientist in Scotland, Hong Kong, and New York, where he proffered expert testimony in the criminal courts of these jurisdictions. He was the full-time DNA technical leader in Suffolk County, New York, and then served as a part-time consultant DNA technical leader for the States of Mississippi and Delaware, the City of Dallas, and Sedgwick County, Kansas. He is the Chair of the New York State DNA Sub-Committee, a regular visiting guest at the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM), a member of the DoD Quality Assurance Oversight Committee, and was a member of the World Trade Center Kinship and Data Analysis Panel (KADAP).

Pam Marshall has been involved in sexual assault evidence collection and forensic analysis since 2002. Upon the completion of her Master's degree in Forensic Genetics, she worked as a Forensic Scientist III at the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division from 2003-2007. While in Maryland, Marshall became an expert on sexual assault kit examination and collection practices. Marshall was the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Coordinator for the state, helped to promote 120-hour SAFE collection legislation, and assisted in the training of over 200 SAFE nurses. She has extensive teaching experience, and has taught graduate-level coursework in the forensic disciplines of serology, DNA, and microscopy. Marshall has also worked as a Forensic Biologist at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science, located in Dallas, Texas.

She has been qualified as an expert witness in the field of serology in Maryland and Texas. She has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, an Associate Member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, and is a current Associate Member of the American Academy of Forensic Science. She holds an additional Master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, Texas, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Forensic and Investigative Genetics under the guidance of major professor, Dr. Bruce Budowle.

Date/Time: 
11/18/2009 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Webinar

Sponsoring Agency: 
The National Center for Victims of Crime
Description: 

Maximizing the Potential of DNA Technology
Presented by Chris Asplen, Vice President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell Governmental Affairs

Learn about innovative uses of DNA technology that make CSI seem like reality, not fiction . Some jurisdictions—both in the United States and abroad—are extremely advanced in their use of DNA technology and can serve as models for U.S. states and counties.

The goals of this webinar are to expose participants to the “big picture” of how forensic DNA came to be the potent crime-fighting tool that it is today, and for participants to learn about today’s most extensive and innovative applications of forensic DNA in the United States and abroad. The speaker will highlight the importance of DNA databasing for identifying offenders and solving and preventing crimes and will present intriguing cases and innovative techniques using forensic DNA.

Date/Time: 
09/21/2009 - 8:00am to 09/25/2009 - 4:30pm
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Good Samaritan Health System
4th and Walnut Streets

City: 
Lebanon, PA
Postal Code: 
17042
Country: 
253
Sponsoring Agency: 
Good Samaritan Health System
Description: 

Audience Registered Nurses, Physicians, Physisican Assistants and Nurse Practitioners interested in becoming a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner. Objectives 1. Be familiar with the sexual assault forensic examination process. 2. Understand the dynamics of sexual assault. 3. Discuss the role of the SAFE or SANE (sexual assault forensic nurse examiner). 4. Explain the goals and objectives of the forensic interview process post sexual assault or rape. 5. Utilize a forensic evidence kit and the chain of evidence. 6. Document evidence collected. 7. Discuss the necessity of accurate and concise documentation including photography. Presenter Suzanne L. Rotolo Sue has been a Registered Nurse since 1980. From 1981 until 1994, she worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital in the Emergency Department. In 1991, she became the coordinator and founder of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program to provide forensic examinations of adult patients reporting a sexual assault in Fairfax County. This was the first SANE program in the state of Virginia. Sue is a founding member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) and the Virginia Chapter of IAFN. She is nationally certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for Adults/Adolescents and Pediatrics and is also as a Certified Forensic Nurse. She has published over 15 articles and research related to sexual assault issues. She received her PhD in Nursing in 2009. Cost $500 for all five days, which includes course handouts. Cafeteria on site. Local restaurant list and directions will be provided. Hotels If needing lodging for the conference, discounted rooms are being held at the Hampton Inn. Reservations can be made by calling (717) 665-6600 Program Questions Please contact: Kevin Shovlin Nurse Manager Emergency Department (717) 270-7736

Date/Time: 
05/11/2009 (All day)
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Phone Meeting @ 12:00 PM CDT

Sponsoring Agency: 
WATCH
Description: 

System Accountability through Court Monitoring: Using Court Monitoring Strategies to Improve Your Courts Response to Sexual Violence

Court monitoring is one strategy to hold criminal justice systems accountable to their core purposes—protecting public and victim safety.  Through monitoring, research, and feedback, court watch programs promote system accountability by examining and reporting on court procedures, policies, and practices.  But with so few cases of sexual violence getting reported to the police and even fewer going to trial, how can court monitoring help?  This webinar will provide an overview of court monitoring and address ways sexual assault programs and advocates can highlight flaws in the system and advocate for change. We'll also begin a conversation of why multidisciplinary teams might consider court monitoring as an approach to improving system response.

Presenter Information:
Dawn Dougherty
is the National Project Director at WATCH, a court monitoring and research organization based in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to coming to WATCH she was the Director of Public Education and Outreach at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. She has been an educator and trainer working to end domestic violence and sexual assault since 1994.
 
Laura Williams
is the National Technical Assistance Project Director and Team Leader for the Sexual Violence Justice Institute (SVJI) @ MNCASA, a program of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The Institute provides analysis, training, and technical assistance on the multidisciplinary collaborative response to sexual violence. Laura has worked in the movement to end sexual violence since the 1980s. You can learn more about her background and SVJI's work at www.mncasa.org

Date/Time: 
04/30/2009 (All day)
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Conference Call: 11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern

Sponsoring Agency: 
Prevention Connection
Description: 

People involved in prevention rarely have an opportunity to discuss the impact of emerging research on their work. Prevention Connection Reading Clubs meetings provide a way for these people to meet online and have these discussions. These small, one hour meetings meetings happen over an open phone line, with the web conference used as a common way to view the reading and other materials.

The next club meetings will discuss "Identifying Common Practices in Community-Based Rape Prevention Programs" by Stephanie M.Townsend and Rebecca Campbell.* This paper touches on elements of rape prevention education program design, curriculum selection, and evaluation. These are the intended themes of the meetings, though participants may take the conversation in many different directions. These meetings will be held on:

  • Monday, April 27, 11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern
  • Thursday, April 30, 11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern

To register for a club meeting, go to:
https://calcasa.ilinc.com/public/readingclub

* Townsend, S. M., & Campbell, R. (2008). Identifying common practices in community-based rape prevention programs. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 36(1), 121

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