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Summit on Child Abuse and Family Violence Will Target Collaboration as Key to Investigations


The SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services team is gearing up to present at the 2014 Child Abuse and Family Violence Summit, April 22-25 in Portland, Oregon. The event is hosted by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Child Abuse Team and the Domestic Violence Enhanced Team (DVERT).

Known simply as the Summit, this event will bring together professionals working in the areas of investigations, interviewing, assessment, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and domestic violence. This multidisciplinary event is focused on collaboration and it will give these practitioners an opportunity to broaden their professional knowledge and gain an increased understanding of other agencies’ roles and responsibilities. 

Justin Fitzsimmons, High-Tech Crime Training Services Program Manager, and Lauren Wagner and Elizabeth Tow, High-Tech Crime Training Specialists, will present on these topics:

  • Digital Evidence in Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Cases
  • Digital Evidence in Child Abuse Cases: Authentication, Hearsay and Best Evidence Rules
  • Social Media Investigations: Searching Profiles, Saving Data, and Addressing Legal Considerations
  • Becoming a Google Jedi: Save Yourself from Information Overload
  • Investigative USB Apps
I’m pleased that we have this opportunity to speak at the Summit on Child Abuse and Family Violence in Oregon. This training follows two similar conferences that we’ve presented at recently—in Alabama and Texas. Feedback from both events indicates that investigators are challenged with how they can use social media as an investigative tool. They are familiar with these sites, but they need help in learning ways to increase the results of their searches. Our training is targeted directly at showing them tools that will help them create a stronger investigation and prosecution.
—Justin Fitzsimmons, Program Manager, High-Tech Crime Training Services

Did You Know?

Domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST) is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children (CSEC) within U.S. borders. The term was coined by Shared Hope International in The National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: America’s Prostituted Children. The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 established that it is the “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act” where the person is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 18 years. 

The Shared Hope report states that: 

DMST includes but is not limited to the commercial sexual exploitation of children through prostitution, pornography, and/or stripping. Experts estimate at least 100,000 American juveniles are victimized through prostitution in America each year. Domestic minor sex trafficking is child sex slavery, child sex trafficking, prostitution of children, commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), and rape of a child. 

According to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:

  • In 2006 U.S. attorneys handled 82.8 percent more child pornography cases than they had in 1994.
  • State and local law enforcement agencies involved in Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces reported a 230 percent increase in the number of documented complaints of online enticement of children from 2004 to 2008.
  • ICAC Task Forces noted a more than 1,000 percent increase in complaints of child sex trafficking from 2004 to 2008. 

Read more in this informative article, What cops need to know about minor sex trade.

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