SEARCH Trainers to Address Child Advocates on Technology’s Role in Child Abuse Investigations
When it comes to child abuse response, child advocacy centers (CACs) bring together law enforcement, criminal justice, child protective service, and medical and mental health workers onto one coordinated team. There are over 800 CACs operating in the United States and they are found in more than 10 countries worldwide.CACs typically employ a highly effective, one-stop approach to investigating child abuse. Through a multidisciplinary, team approach, these centers provide a child-friendly facility at which members of the investigative team interview, medically examine, provide and refer treatment for abused children while pursuing the prosecution of offenders.
—Tim Lott, SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services Director
SEARCH Staff with expertise in digital evidence investigations and child abuse prosecution will address CAC practitioners at the 5th Annual Champions of Children Conference on March 10–11, 2014, in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Sponsored by the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, the event is geared to multidisciplinary professionals whose work encompasses all facets of child abuse investigation.
Justin Fitzsimmons, Program Manager of our High-Tech Crime Training Services team and a former prosecutor, will discuss the various elements of crimes that might be used to support the prosecution of technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation (TFCSE) cases. He’ll show how there is often evidence left behind at a crime scene that points to knowledge and intent in TFCSE cases.
A growing trend in child sexual abuse comes in the form of sexting, sexploitation, and sextortion. In these cases, offenders gain control over their victim by using images or information about the victim that the offender got either through underhanded means or the victim gave up while engaging in risky behavior online. Justin will show investigators how technology is used to facilitate these cases.
Justin will also discuss the current trends, studies and case law on cyberbullying, and show the different characteristics of traditional bullying versus bullying that is facilitated by technology. He will also lead a discussion about how professionals in the medical, legal, law enforcement, victim services and advocacy fields need to be cautious of what they post on social networking sites to be sure that the information does not cross ethical boundaries.
SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Specialists Lauren Wagner and Elizabeth Tow will teach investigators how to use Google to their advantage by using advanced search operators and then filtering search results to relevant and useful information.
They’ll also give an overview of social networking websites, and show investigators how to set up an investigative social networking account to search for information and how to use Facebook to find all possible publicly available data pertinent to their case.
Lauren and Elizabeth will also show investigators how to find data that is often missed in investigations: hidden geolocation information in pictures from cell phones and social media; data and GPS coordinates in cell phones; and IP login information.
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Co-author, Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
Organizer/Moderator: National conference, “Beyond the Technology: The Law & Policy Implications of Biometric Use,” 2002
Organizer/Moderator: national Criminal History Operations Workshop, 2004, 2006
Organizer/Moderator: Workshop on Expanding Access to Criminal History Information and Improving Criminal Record Backgrounding, 2007
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Presenter, National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council, 2010–2014
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FBI CJIS Identification Services Coordinating Group Criminal Justice Rap Back Committee
National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council Rap Back Task Force
FBI CJIS Division Disposition Reporting Task Force
FBI CMIS Advisory Policy Board Warrants Task Force
Joint Task Force on the Design and Utilization of an Interstate Criminal History Record
FBI work Group on the Implementation of the Brady Law
FBI National Fingerprint File Pilot Project Evaluation Group
National Focus Group on the Retention of Civil Fingerprints by Criminal Record Repositories
National Focus Group on Emergency Housing and Criminal Record Checks: The Hurricane Katrina Experience
National Task Force on Increasing the Utility of the Criminal History Record
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative: Privacy and Information Quality Working Group, and Privacy and Technology Focus Group