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SEARCH Trainers Offer Expertise at International Child Abuse Symposium


SEARCH High-Tech Crime Training Services staff is providing instruction this week in digital evidence investigations and other advanced skills at the 32nd International Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama. 

ncac-logoThe three-day event is sponsored by the National Children’s Advocacy Center and is one of the few conferences that addresses all aspects of child maltreatment, including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, poly-victimization, exploitation, intervention, trafficking, and prevention.

Professionals who work in the child maltreatment field require expert training to develop and enhance their skills so they can effectively combat child victimization, exploitation, and abuse. Training is provided by experts in the medical, legal, law enforcement, and social work fields in more than 130 workshops. SEARCH has long supported efforts to train professionals in methods to combat child exploitation and victimization.

SEARCH trainers presenting at the April 5–7 event are:

Tim Lott

Tim Lott

Justin Fitzsimmons

Justin Fitzsimmons


Lauren Wagner

They will share their expertise with attendees at these sessions:

  • Foundations for Digital Evidence Investigations. Before law enforcement personnel can investigate crimes with digital evidence, they must have a foundation in certain concepts. This workshop provides law enforcement with some of the fundamentals they need to assist in their investigations such as IP Addressing, EXIF Data, and Google Searching.
  • Lab: Using Firefox to Save Internet Evidence. This hands-on computer lab teaches how to effectively use the free browser Mozilla Firefox add-ons as investigative tools. These add-ons can offer time saving solutions to day-to0day investigation tasks such as scrolling screenshots, downloading of entire Facebook photo albums, and saving web videos from websites like YouTube.
  • Lab: Searching Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This hands-on computer lab provides instruction in conducting in-depth searches using popular social media sites that, when used correctly, can unearth useful investigative material.
  • The Darknet and Emerging Technologies. This session addresses how the Darknet works and how potential criminal activity that is facilitated on the Darknet is crucial to investigating and prosecuting child exploitation cases.
  • Cross Examining Defense Experts in Child Abuse Cases. One of the most difficult tasks a prosecutor faces during trial is confronting the defense expert witnesses. This presentation covers the three stages to successfully prepare and present an effective cross-examination of any type of defense expert.
  • Digital Safety in an Online World: Protecting Your Multidisciplinary Team Members. This presentation describes the role of social networking sites in today’s culture and their prevalence in the lives of both adults and children. The unique responsibilities of those in the medical, legal, law enforcement, victim services, and advocacy fields are described to highlight common pitfalls of social media use by professionals. It also addresses ethical and privacy considerations. 

Learn more about SEARCH high-tech crime training like this, provided at workshops and conferences.


K9 Bonnie mans the SEARCH information booth at the 32nd International Symposium on Child Abuse on April 5, 2016.

1 Comments  |  Category:  SEARCH News


Ginny Posey
Love attending these classes. I always feel that I have learned so much. Lauren, Tim and Justin are great teachers and are very patient with students. Thank you for all you do!

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