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Keep Calm and Understand Elonis v. U.S.

August 14
2 - 3:15 p.m., EDT

Presented by Teresa M. Garvey AEquitas Attorney Advisor and John Meier, legal director, Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP)

This webinar will explain, through analysis of the Court’s opinion, what the opinion means for victims and for the allied professionals who support them and why the Elonis decision is not cause for alarm. The webinar will also suggest strategies in charging and presenting evidence in cases involving threats or stalking on public forums such as Facebook, to maximize the likelihood of a conviction that will stand up on appeal.


Animal Cruelty Crime Scene Forensic Photography

August 20
3-4 p.m. EDT

Presented by: Belinda Lewis, MS, CAWA (Director, Animal Care and Control in Fort Wayne) and Matt Lewis (retired detective, Fort Wayne Police Department). This webinar will cover the basic rules of crime scene photography and overcoming photographic challenges to present images that achieve your goals. You will learn appropriate crime scene photographic and processing approaches, proper investigative photography of impounded animals, injuries and wounds, and necropsies, and become even more proficient at ensuring your evidence is admissible in court. The goal is to put together a case that you are proud to submit to your prosecutor and one they will confidently carry forward with a successful prosecution. Note: Due to the nature of this webinar, we cannot avoid showing some photos of abused/neglected animals. This webinar will benefit investigators (law enforcement, animal control and humane investigators), prosecutors, veterinarians, and shelter staff.

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Release the Hounds: Using Pre-conviction Forfeiture to Save Seized Animals from Re-victimization

October 22
3-4 p.m. EST

Presented by Lora Dunn (Animal Legal Defense Fund). Seized animals can languish for months or even years while a cruelty trial is pending, taking a toll on their well-being and jeopardizing their chances of future adoption. What’s more, the financial burden of caring for these victim animals can put an incredible strain on the caregiving agency, sometimes draining its resources to the breaking point. To this end, pre-conviction forfeiture is an essential tool in animal cruelty cases for prosecutors, caregivers, and victim animals alike. This webinar will examine a host of issues that arise in pre-conviction forfeiture practice: animals as “live" evidence, Constitutional challenges to the forfeiture process, strengthening existing forfeiture laws in your state, lien foreclosure v. forfeiture, and more. This webinar will benefit prosecutors, law enforcement, animal control, veterinarians and shelter workers.

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Forensic Interviewing of Children

September 21-25
October 19-23
December 7-11

Huntsville, AL

Sponsored by the National Children's Advocacy Center (NCAC), these comprehensive trainings, to be held in Huntsville, AL, include audience discussion, child interview practicum, a review of recorded forensic interviews, experiential skill-building exercises, and participation in a mock court simulation. Each attendee will receive a training manual, a recorded copy of their interview practicum, access to additional training materials online, and post-training support as requested.



August 2015

The Reid Technique of
Interviewing and Interrogation

August 4-7
Marriott East

You will learn how to assess the credibility of statements ● structure the interview to maximize the flow of information ● use behavior provoking questions in the interview process ● persuade a suspect to tell the truth about their involvement in criminal activity ● develop interrogation themes ● handle denials, overcome objections and use alternative questions

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National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies
43rd Annual Conference and Training Institute

August 16-19
JW Marriott Hotel

Featuring 66 workshops, two keynote speakers and three plenary sessions, we will elevate the national discussion of the need for pretrial services and the incredible work being done by pretrial professionals at the local, state and federal levels. Single-day registrations are also available and workshops have been strategically placed on the agenda to accommodate single-day registrations for various pretrial disciplines.

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Trauma Informed Sexual Assault Investigation Training

August 18-19
South Bend Police Department
South Bend

Co-Sponsored by: South Bend Police Department and the International Association of Chiefs of Police

This training aims to equip law enforcement to understand the complexities of adult sexual assault by presenting information centered on:

  • The neurobiological impact of trauma
  • The influence of societal myths and stereotypes regarding victim response and perpetrator behavior
  • Effective methods for conducting sexual assault interviews and investigations

The goal of the training is to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement and their community partners to provide effective response to victims of sexual assault.

The training is open to local, state and campus law enforcement (both officers and investigators). While the training is geared for law enforcement officers, it is open to advocates, SANE nurses, prosecutors and title IX investigators. The course is FREE with seating limited to 50.



August 2015

Forensic Interviewer at Trial - Arkansas

August 3-5
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Bentonville, Ark

This course is designed for teams of two, consisting of one attorney and one forensic interviewer. Individual applicants will not be accepted. Teams will learn to work together in preparation for a child abuse trial. The course combines lectures and practical court exercises to enhance the ability of the forensic interviewer and prosecutor or civil child protection attorney to defend the forensic interview and multidisciplinary team investigation from attacks by the defense.

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Prosecuting Sexual Assault and Related Crimes

August 17-21
Bellevue - East Seattle, WA

Sponsored by: NDAA

To assist prosecutors, law enforcement and victim-witness personnel successfully meet these challenges; the National District Attorneys Association presents the Prosecuting Sexual Assaults and Related Crimes course.

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September 2015

National Institute on the Prosecution of Human Trafficking

September 20-25
Minneapolis, MN

The National Institute on the Prosecution of Human Trafficking (NIPHT) is a three-and-one-half-day course designed to challenge prosecutors to reevaluate their approach to prosecuting human trafficking cases. Participants receive training on the dynamics and indicators of human trafficking as well as practical skills to successfully prosecute these cases. NIPHT explores the complex issues faced by prosecutors while balancing offender accountability with the impact of criminal prosecution on victims. In addition to practical case evaluation and litigation skills, the curriculum examines the benefits of a coordinated community response; explores effective interviewing techniques; addresses witness intimidation and establishing forfeiture by wrongdoing; offers guidance on the use of medical evidence and experts; explores ethical issues; and ultimately offers participants the ability to redefine the very nature of justice in human trafficking cases.

This course is open to prosecutors only and attendance is free of charge; however, priority will be given to OVW grantees. There is no limit to the number of attendees from any jurisdiction. Seating is limited and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants will be informed of acceptance by email.

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Interviewing Child Victims with Disabilities

September 28-29
Huntsville, AL

Sponsored by: National Children's Advocacy Center

Understanding the unique characteristics of children with disabilities and communicating effectively with these children and their caregivers is instrumental in creating a safe environment and conducting appropriate child forensic interviews and investigations. The participants in this training will develop a broader understanding of children with disabilities, as well as new strategies for effective interviewing and communicating. Strategies for adapting current interview guidelines to meet the needs of this population will be addressed throughout the training.

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APS: Providing Help and Hope to Vulnerable Adults

September 29-October 1
Orlando, FL

Primary Conference Partner: Florida Department of Children and Families, Adult Protective Services


October 2015

6th Annual Summit on Elder Financial Exploitation

October 2
Orlando, FL

Primary Conference Partner: Florida Department of Children and Families, Adult Protective Services


Extended Forensic Interview Training

October 6-8
Huntsville, AL

Sponsored by: National Children's Advocacy Center

This training introduces a model for a multi-session forensic interview of a child who is potentially a victim or witness of child abuse or other violent behaviors. An Extended Forensic Interview (EFI) is appropriate for children where the results of a single interview are inconclusive or where there are serious concerns about the child's ability to participate in a single-session interview. Such children might be the very young child, a child with developmental delays or cognitive disabilities, or an extremely traumatized child. Cultural considerations may indicate a need for an EFI, rather than a single-session interview.

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Victim Advocacy Training

October 14-16
Huntsville, AL

Sponsored by: National Children's Advocacy Center

This training is designed for Victim Advocates who are working with children and families within a Child Advocacy Center setting and focuses on the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for this important job. The training will include foundational sessions on understanding the criminal justice system, dynamics of child abuse, crisis development and resolution, effective listening techniques, the impact of trauma on a child, the rights of crime victims, cultural considerations and intervention strategies. All foundational sessions are presented by experienced professionals currently working in the field of child abuse intervention and prevention at the National Children's Advocacy Center.

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Re-envisioning Evidence Based Prosecution in America

October 28-29
San Diego, CA

Sponsored by the National Symposium on Domestic Violence. Focus areas are to develop national strategic plan to reinvigorate evidence-based prosecution approaches across the country.

Who Should Apply: Prosecutors currently handling gender-based violence, intimate partner violence, and related cases of stalking, strangulation, IPV-related sexual assault, and other crimes associated with domestic violence and elected district attorneys with a personal passion in this area. Applications will be available shortly.

November 2015

Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training

November 3-5
Scottsdale, AZ

Sponsored by: National Children's Advocacy Center

NCAC’s Advanced Forensic Interviewing Training will begin with a review of the principles of recognized “best practice” for forensic interviewing; but will quickly move to addressing populations and allegations that place demands on forensic interviewers to adapt their practice to meet a variety of advanced challenges.

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National Institute for the Prosecution of Elder Abuse

November 10-13
Westminster, CO

OVW approval for this event is pending; therefore, please do not make travel arrangements until final approval is announced. NIPEA is a highly anticipated event with limited seating, so hold these dates for November 2015 and to register for NIPEA as soon as possible following OVW approval. For additional information, please contact:

updated 7/31/15

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