Every Victim Every Time

Crime Victim Conference

​2019 EVET Workshop Descriptions


Session 1 – The Poison of a Mother's Love  (Part 1)

These case studies follow the investigations of two mothers in Texas.  Hope Ybarra fooled medical professionals, friends, and family for years, presenting her daughter as having long-term illnesses, including terminal cystic fibrosis. Meanwhile, Ybarra was falsifying and inducing illness in the victim through extraordinary means, including falsifying a cystic fibrosis test and poisoning her daughter with pathogens stolen from her employer. We will hear from Ybarra through video footage before arrest and after conviction. We will also examine the case of Elisabeth Hunnicutt, who falsified her child's medical history in order to get a feeding tube placed in San Diego. Hunnicutt then induced symptoms of hydrocephalus, which resulted in a brain monitor being placed inside the victim's skull. George Hunnicutt, the child’s father, will talk about his experience with this abuse. These case studies provide examples of effective investigative techniques for Law Enforcement, CPS, and prosecutors. We will also correct commonly held misconceptions about this form of child abuse. 
Michael Weber, Detective, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and George Hunnicutt

Session 2 – Who Is Watching You?
Our homes, vehicles and ordinary devices are becoming “smarter” and more connected every day. We have refrigerators that can shop for food, doorbells that send video to our phones, personal electronic assistants (i.e. Alexia) that listen to our every whim, and much more.  Smart technology was created to simplify our lives but it can be easily exploited to track your every move.  However, there is a growing trend in the US of weaponizing smart technology which can be accessed remotely to spy and/or harass from anywhere in the world. These violations are not just attributed to hackers; spying is also happening in cases like Family Violence, Divorce, and others.  The good news is you can take steps to minimize your chances of becoming a victim. In this session we will familiarize attendees with Internet of Things (IoT), explain how devices/accounts become compromised, and identify what potential victims can do to protect themselves.
Paul Price, CEO, Beyond IT

Session 3 – Law Enforcement, Domestic Violence and Homicide: A Case Study
In 2007, Julius Conley, a Travis County Deputy Sheriff who worked in corrections murdered his estranged wife and her boyfriend. He did so in the presence of their child. Mr. Conley used a bar bell to kill both the victims. The presentation will examine the dynamics of the relationship, the crime scene and the interview and subsequent confession by Mr. Conley.  We will also discuss other interesting findings during the investigation.
John Combs, Detective, Round Rock Police Department

Session 4 – Good Science versus Bad Analysis
The 2019 the new forensic licensing requirement for expert witness testimony presented challenges in the courtroom for attorneys, judges, and those accustomed to offering forensic testimony.  This presentation will discuss the requirements, the recent negative media attention to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and how the criminal justice system will be stronger as we move forward.  Attendees will hear firsthand from a crime scene analyst why the changes in requirements are important for law enforcement, investigators and attorneys alike to understand.
Celestina Rossi, Crime Scene Investigator, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Session 5 – When the Court Calls: Testifying in a Criminal Case 

Many of those who work with victims find themselves subpoenaed to testify in court.  This workshop will address the preparation for testifying as well as how to document and take notes in the beginning of your work with these victims and offenders so that when you find yourself on the stand you are ready to answer the questions.  This workshop is a how to of maintaining professionalism, avoiding traps and still doing your job.
Philip McLemore, Assistant District Attorney, Brazos County

Session 6 – The Difficulties of Juvenile Sex Trafficking Investigations
Prosecution of domestic minor sex trafficking cases is often fraught with difficulties and unknowns.  This case study walks participants through an investigation that did not end once initial arrests were made or the case was filed with the prosecution.   As a result, the prosecution proceeded to a successful conclusion despite the victim’s unwillingness to participate.  Learn practical tips for building cases that are evidence based rather than reliant solely on the victims in the case study State of Texas vs. Bernell Quillens.
Mallory Vincent Myers, Assistant Attorney General, Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section, Office of the Texas Attorney General.

Session 7 – The Poison of a Mother's Love  (Part 2)
These case studies follow the investigations of two mothers in Texas.  Hope Ybarra fooled medical professionals, friends, and family for years, presenting her daughter as having long-term illnesses, including terminal cystic fibrosis. Meanwhile, Ybarra was falsifying and inducing illness in the victim through extraordinary means, including falsifying a cystic fibrosis test and poisoning her daughter with pathogens stolen from her employer. We will hear from Ybarra through video footage before arrest and after conviction. We will also examine the case of Elisabeth Hunnicutt, who falsified her child's medical history in order to get a feeding tube placed in San Diego. Hunnicutt then induced symptoms of hydrocephalus, which resulted in a brain monitor being placed inside the victim's skull. George Hunnicutt, the child’s father, will talk about his experience with this abuse. These case studies provide examples of effective investigative techniques for Law Enforcement, CPS, and prosecutors. We will also correct commonly held misconceptions about this form of child abuse. 
Michael Weber, Detective, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and George Hunnicutt

Session 8 – Terror in the Night: A Case Study of a Serial Rapist
In early 2008, a terror was stalking the streets of College Station.  Every person’s worst nightmare had come to life.  A stranger was breaking into the houses of young women and sexually assaulting them in their beds.  In this case study, attendees will learn the story of a serial rapist named Frank Powell.  After the community spent several weeks in fear of his next attack, Powell was captured and brought to justice because of the courage and indomitable spirit of several young women.
Brian Price, ADA, Brazos County District Attorney and Misty Swan, Judge, Brazos County

Session 9 – Factors Influencing the Opioid Crisis/ Naloxone Administration
This workshop is an overview of specific national and Texas factors that are driving the current opioid crisis. We will discuss characterization of the statistics that indicate the nature of the problem, and a discussion of opioids, defining what is and isn't an opioid, and the features of opioids that contribute to their abuse potential.  Additionally we will discuss how to recognize opioid overdose and how to reverse the overdose using naloxone. How naloxone works, where to obtain a naloxone rescue kit, how to properly administer naloxone to a person who may be suffering from an opioid overdose will all be delineated. The Texas A&M HSC Opioid Overdose Action Plan will be introduced, and participants will understand how to use naloxone in an emergency to save a life.
Dr. Joy Alonzo, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Opioid Task Force

Session 10:  CSI: From the Crime Scene to the Courtroom
Crime Scene Investigation plays a crucial role in the investigation of criminal cases.  Forensics is a science that is used in most investigations – from collecting evidence to processing a crime scene; the role a crime scene investigator plays in a case is important and with that role comes responsibilities to the evidence so that the case can be taken from the crime scene into the courtroom.  This presentation is designed for those that teach forensics, watch forensics, or have an interest in crime scene investigation and the role that it plays in the criminal justice system.
Celestina Rossi, Crime Scene Investigator, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

Session 11 – Navigating Those Muddy Waters: Conflict in the Workplace
It's a fact of life ... we don't always get along with those with whom we spend the most time - our workplace colleagues. Inevitably, conflict often arises and we sometimes find ourselves in a position of not knowing what to do about it. How do you deal with conflict? Do you avoid it at all costs and just hope it goes away, all the while thinking about what you "should have said?" Do you give that certain someone a piece of your mind and walk away thinking, "Well, at least they know what I think!" Do you take the conflict personally and allow it to damage your relationships, both personal ones and professional ones? While conflict can be difficult, handled properly, it can strengthen our relationships and enable us to see things from a different point of view. Let's talk about what it takes to clear up the waters and move forward so everyone benefits!
Debbie Hamilton, Consultant

Session 12 – Understanding Sex Buyers
Human Trafficking is a crime of capitalism; sellers offering what buyers want to purchase.  This workshop offers participants insight into the habits, motivations and purchasing patterns of sex buyers as well as an understanding of how their conduct can help you successfully investigate and prosecute cases where victims are unwilling or incapable of providing the first-person evidence typically relied upon by law enforcement.   The first half of the presentation will focus on exploring john behavior and the avenues it gives us for investigation.  The second half of the workshop walks participants through successful prosecutions that relied upon buyers rather than victims to do the heavy lifting during trial.
Mallory Vincent Myers, Deputy Criminal Chief, Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Section, Office of the Texas Attorney General

Session 13 – Sexting, Inappropriate Contact, TMI: Risky Behavior Youth Are Engaging In
Internet safety is an issue that permeates many types of crimes. Many children become victims online or are identified and groomed for victimization online. Unfortunately, youth are unaware of the true risk of their online activity, and caregivers often feel left behind when it comes to the apps and websites their children are using. Over the past 30 years the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) has collected and analyzed missing and exploited children reports to develop and tailor prevention education programs to prevent future victimization.  By utilizing NCMEC's information, service providers can fill the gap by not only talking to youth in their community about their online activity, but also by providing information and resources to caregivers to help them in keeping their children safer online. Participants will learn about risky behaviors youth are engaging in online and how to implement prevention education with kids ages 5-18.
Tania Johnson, Special Agent, United States Secret Service 

Session 14 – Suffer from BURNOUT, give'em the F.I.N.G.E.R.!
Burnout affects millions of Americans each year and has been called “the disease of our civilization.”  But there’s good news -- burnout can be healed.  Attendees will hear firsthand from a former 20-year elected District Attorney who personally experienced burnout, learned how to successfully overcome it, and went from “Burnout” to “On Fire!”  Audience members will learn the definition of Burnout and the symptoms thereof.  But more importantly, attendees will be laughing, and at the same time learning how to apply his F.I.N.G.E.R. philosophy to help themselves or their co-workers avoid and/or recover from Burnout.
Mark Yarbrough, Burnout Author and Motivation Speaker

Session 15 – View from the Pew: The Sutherland Springs Tragedy
This workshop is a firsthand account from survivors of the Sutherland Springs, Texas church shooting on November 5, 2017.  Attendees will hear how the tragedy has shaped a small Texas community – speakers will share their stories of recovery and healing.  They will share the importance of being prepared as first responders and the roles of so many “helpers” that day and throughout the days since the shooting.  They will share lessons learned and what they believe factored into their experiences & interventions to help in the future.
Julie Workman, Survivor and Katie Etringer Quinney, Victim Assistance Coordinator, 81st Judicial District Attorney’s Office

Session 16 – Recent Trends in Alcohol and Drugs
Terminology and trends are ever changing in the drug and alcohol climate.  If you are familiar with the term 420 but you don't know what 710 means, it might be time for an update in these recent trends.  This workshop will discuss vaping including the JUUL, hash oil that does not have a smell and much more. We have samples of popular clothing that has drug references as well as stash containers and where people are hiding their "valuables". Do you know what kinds of things are sold in your local convenience stores or even at the mall? This workshop will give you that information as well as results of a community scan to see where these trends are headed.
Bobbi Brooks, Program Manager & Ben Smith, Program Coordinator, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Watch UR BAC

Session 17 – Stop the Bleed Training
Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent.  Massive bleeding from any cause, but particularly from an active shooter or explosive event where a response is delayed can result in death. Similar to how the general public learns and performs CPR, the public must learn proper bleeding control techniques, including how to use their hands, dressings, and tourniquets. Victims can quickly die from uncontrolled bleeding, within five to 10 minutes. However, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do. BleedingControl.org targets preparedness as a shared responsibility of the government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and individual citizens. This workshop is designed to help prepare attendees in the event they are witness to one of these unspeakable events
Sherry Jennings, Director of Trauma and Perioperative Services and Kristen Christian, Director of Emergency Services, CHI St. Joseph Health

Session 18 – Combatting the Consent Defense
Sexual assault investigations and prosecutions are complex and present unique problems especially when the victim and suspect are not strangers.   Delays in reporting, myths and misconceptions about the injuries and physical signs of trauma and the human body’s response to sexual assault, and overcoming consent to name a few.  These hurdles require a proactive and subtle approach, with a focus on getting into the mind of the suspect.  This session will explore strategies that can be used by police and prosecution to frontload the investigation in order to cut off common and time sensitive defenses.   Law Enforcement recorded calls by the victim to the suspect before the suspect knows an investigation is ongoing, search warrants and using the grand jury to obtain and preserve the relevant digital communications and social media, and identifying and locking down the witnesses before an alternative theory can gain traction.  These emotionally charged cases present ethical dilemmas related to the victims and the suspects and we will discuss how to tackle those as well.  The nation is struggling with these cases, and law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, victims advocate groups, as well as victims all embroiled in legal battles and those issues must be tackled in order to move forward. 
Brian Baker, First Assistant DA, Brazos County District Attorney

Session 19 – When Sean Speaks
This presentation is a survivor's message of "There is wisdom in his silence” Alcohol, Automobiles and Asphalt don't mix. It is just as important to be careful of whose car you get into as a passenger. As the passenger of a single vehicle crash at the age of 22, Sean Carter has taken his message to more than 200,000 young people and adults in more than 11 States.  Sean's story is unique, because of the TBI he sustained in the crash in 2005; he was left without the ability to speak. Now using an iPad that speaks the words that he has typed, audiences are captivated by his message shared with candor, humor and insight.  Sean will also remind his audience that victims often live a life without physical or financial resources to successfully function as productive members of society. He speaks because others cannot.
Sean Carter and Jenny Carter, When Sean Speaks, Inc.

Session 20 – Dodging Bullets: A Look Into Two Officer Involved Shootings
In separate incidents, only four months apart, two Bryan/College Station police officers escaped violent deaths by a combined total of a few inches.  These cases illustrate the dangers faced by law enforcement officers everywhere, as well as the courage and training that saved the lives of these specific officers.  This session will examine the two officer-involved-shootings, as well as outlining how investigators and prosecutors were able to bring both perpetrators to justice.    
Ryan Calvert, Chief ADA, Brazos County District Attorney

Session 21 – Treating Trauma: Beyond Trauma-Informed Care
In recent years, counseling specifically designed for the treatment of trauma has reshaped the profession. “Trauma-informed care” has become a hallmark phrase used in a variety of professional disciplines, but all too often, it’s a philosophy that is limited to mission statements and fails to manifest in the everyday work of clinicians, victim advocates and allied professionals. This presentation will outline how authentic trauma therapy differs from conventional “trauma-informed” care.  Actual case examples, modified to protect client confidentiality, will be presented to give a real life perspective on this care.
E.J. Smith, LPC, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

Session 22 – Grassroot Partnerships in Missing Person Cases
Limited resources in the form of budget and personnel have an impact on the way that local law enforcement responds to reports of missing persons. Increased call loads, caseloads and community expectations limit the ability of these agencies to be proactive in their efforts to be better prepared to respond and investigate these incidents. This workshop will focus on the importance of partnerships with outside organizations and how they can provide value to agencies by "outsourcing" efforts focused on oversight of regional notification plans and response teams, including facilitation of local training.
Chuck Fleeger, President, Amber Alert Network, Brazos Valley

Session 23 – Debunking Myths about Genital Injuries in Sexual Assault Cases
This presentation will discuss the hymen and its relevance in sexual assault cases.  Workshop attendees will learn what the hymen is - and isn't. We will tackle myths about the hymen and virginity, and how these relate to investigation and prosecution of sexual assault cases. Attendees will learn how inaccurate medical professional testimony regarding hymen injury has led to false convictions in Texas. We will learn about accurate medical professional assessment and interpretation of hymen injuries and discuss how myths about the hymen can lead to false assumptions about cases.
Nancy Downing, Texas A&M Forensic Health Care Program

Session 24 – Understanding the Impact of a Domestic Violence High Risk Team in your Area
This workshop is an introduction to the concept behind creating a DVHRT. This presentation will present and discuss the multiple DVHRT sites currently working in the State of Texas and how although they are fundamentally operating with the same goal of identifying and working with high-risk victims of DV each has their own unique method of collaborating with team members, adopting risk assessments, and working with the court system. We will discuss the similarities, differences, and challenges in creating and sustaining a DVHRT in Texas as well as where the DVHRT models are heading in the future.
Dr. David Scott, Texas Council on Family Violence

Session 25 – Who Wants to Talk About Abuse?
Statistically, most people don’t abuse children or commit sexual assault. This causes problems, particularly among professionals who respond to these reports. Often, they can’t or don’t want to conceptualize the behaviors of both offenders and victims. In this workshop we will discuss epistemology (not knowing what we don’t know) and implicit bias, give case examples, and highlight best practice techniques to overcome these challenges.
Jason Lundquist, Sergeant, Waco Police Department

Session 26 – Power & Control, A Love Story: The Brandon Hall Trials
This is a case study of State of Texas vs. Brandon Hall, which was tried before two Brazos County juries in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Hall, a serial domestic abuser, was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon in March of 2016. The prosecutors who handled both trials will discuss how they came to learn about Hall's history of abuse, despite having no prior convictions related to dating violence.  Additionally, this course will tackle how the prosecutors prepared this case for trial with an initially unavailable and later uncooperative victim. This course will also walk through the trial strategy of the first trial and its outcome and how that outcome led to changes in the second trial. Included in that discussion is issues of voir dire, witness order, and the need for expert testimony.
Ekua Assabill, Assistant Attorney General, Attorney General of Texas and Kara Comte, ADA, Brazos County District Attorney’s Office

Session 27 – Sexting and Cyberbullying: Redefining Dating Violence
Teen dating violence and bullying do not just encompass physical harm - abusers are using today's communication tools including social media, websites, and smartphones to inflict verbal and emotional abuse digitally. As awareness of this issue grows, the law is evolving to provide greater protection for young people who experience dating violence, sexting, and cyberbullying. This presentation will explore the effects of these crimes on teens and the legal options to help keep them safe.
Amanda Oder, Survivor Services and Training Director, Texas Advocacy Project

Session 28 – 5 Keys to Working with Victims and their Families
Loss comes in many forms: deaths, divorce, rejection, abuse, abandonment, traumas, illness, disability, injustice, etc. Many victims have experienced more than their share of these things. As a result, grief has a massive impact on them and their families. Unresolved grief hampers healing and inhibits recovery.  In this workshop, we'll address the 5 keys to effectively assisting victims and their families.

Gary Roe, Grief Specialist, Hospice Brazos Valley

Session 29 – Better Together: Community Responses to Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence is a problem for every community. The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men will be significantly impacted by abuse from an intimate partner at some point in their lives. This prevalence means that professionals in every sector will interact with both victims and offenders of family violence. Furthermore, domestic violence is a complex problem that will take more than any single agency to solve. A solution will require law enforcement, prosecutors, probation, advocates, defense attorneys, social services, medical professionals, educators, and others. This is why a multi-agency, coordinated community response (CCR) can be so valuable. This session will explore the various types of CCR approaches, examine examples of how communities have benefited from these approaches, and discuss how to start or enhance such a group in your own community.
Herlinda Grusendorf, Division Manager, McLennan County CSCD & Micah Titterington, Family Abuse Center, Waco

Session 30 – Pleading Sanity: Addressing Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System
Every year, two million people with mental illness are booked into county jails across the United States. In addition, individuals with severe mental illness are up to 23 times as likely to become a victim of violent crime. Consequently, law enforcement, mental health professionals, advocates, and prosecutors must have an understanding of how these two worlds collide.  This workshop will focus on how the criminal justice system addresses victims and defendants with mental health issues, the resources available to address these issues, and the work that continues to help address the deficiencies in the system..
Jessica Escue, ADA, Chief Crimes Against Women, Brazos County District Attorney and Karlee Anderson, MHMR

Session 31 – Stalker in your Pocket
In a technological world, there are an endless number of tools at a stalker's disposal to follow and harass their victim. However, perhaps the most common tool used is the one right inside your pocket or purse--your phone. From surveillance, to life invasion and intimidation, our cell phones are perfectly crafted to enable a stalker in their actions. This is particularly true when the stalker is a current or former intimate partner. However, with proper safety planning, victims can minimize their risk and even use that same technology to protect themselves. This workshop will explore the tactics stalkers use regarding cell phones, some investigative considerations, and how to best keep victims safe.
Micah Titterington, Director of Outreach & Legal Advocacy, Family Abuse Center, Waco

Session 32 – A Wolf in Priest’s Clothing

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Michael Garza

Session 33 – Obtaining the Confession: A Series of Case Studies
In this workshop, we will examine and discuss five case studies involving the physical and sexual abuse of children. The case studies will consist of the history of each case and actual excerpts from the interviews as well as the suspect’s confession. The cases will consist of, The Perfect Storm, The Minimizer, The Groomer, The Whiner and lastly The Self Reporter.  We will examine the suspect interview techniques and talk about developing rapport, obtaining a biography, identifying stressors, discussing possible deceptive language, distant language and body language.
John Combs, Detective, Round Rock Police Department

Session 34 – Unconscious in seconds, Death within minutes…The Dangers of Strangulation
Often a victim that has been strangled is overlooked because of the lack of external physical injuries.  Even when not fatal, strangulation can still cause significant injuries that are difficult to detect.  That lack of visible evidence can make it more likely that the abuser will go undetected and unpunished.  This workshop will describe what strangulation is medically and give tips on assessing and documenting these types of injuries correctly.  We will also discuss the immediate and long term dangers of strangulation. 
Niki Johnson, BSN, RN, CA/CP-SANE,SANE-A, Forensic Program Coordinator, Baylor Scott and White Medical Center

Session 35 – Best Practices for Victim Services: Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients
This session will discuss ways for professionals to work with efficacy in regard to the 1.4 million Americans that identify as transgender or gender non-conforming.  Attendees will examine the concepts of gender, privilege, and systemic discrimination and oppression. Education of these basic concepts is a start so that we can arrive at best practices in working with clients who are often left out of victim services discussions.
Katrina Stewart, Regional Coordinator, Transgender Education Network of Texas

Session 36 – How Much is Enough: Tackling Child Sexual Abuse
When a child sexual abuse case relies almost entirely on the voice of a child, how can we prosecute that case? Is that testimony considered evidence? If so, is it enough evidence? And how do we find evidence to corroborate the child's testimony when most times the abuse occurred weeks, months and even years before? When child victims describe the abuse they suffered, they can often appear inconsistent, or even recant that abuse ever occurred. This workshop will discuss the importance of going further to dig into a suspect's background, thoroughly investigating the relationship between the child and the suspect, and utilizing professionals who work with victims of child abuse, law enforcement and prosecutors to help the words of a time and frightened child victim resonate with those who need to hear it the most: a jury.
Kara Comte, ADA, Chief Crimes Against Children Unit, Brazos County District Attorney

Session 37 – Breaking Boxes
Every day we're bombarded with messages on how to look and act. Most of the time, it's how to look and act as a man or a woman. This workshop will explore the tremendous ways gender socialization and conditioning has on sexual violence and violence in general. We will also explore the damaging effects gender socialization, rape culture, and the media have not only on sexual assault victims/survivors, but also on men and the LGBT+community. We will look at ways to counteract the effects of such detrimental views and beliefs. We will look at LGBT+ culture and discuss ways they are targeted for violence.
Karla Payne, Executive Director, Open Arms Rape Crisis Center & LGBT+ Services

Session 38 – Judicious Silence:  The Genene Jones Baby Murders
This workshop is a case study of Genene Jones, a nurse at the Bexar County Hospital, who murdered more than 60 infants in her care from 1981-1982. We will discuss the case, the motivations of Jones, and how the willful blindness of the medical professionals working with Jones contributed to the deaths of these babies.
Jason Goss, Former ADA, Bexar County District Attorney’s Office

Session 39 – Digital & Social Media Evidence
Digital evidence has been described as the "new DNA."  It is a treasure trove for investigators but is often overlooked. This workshop will discuss how to identify, preserve and retrieve digital evidence from a variety of sources. Participants will learn about resources and techniques, applicable statutes, and digital officer safety concerns. Information in this presentation will benefit any investigator and give them a basic understanding of the topic that they can use to build their expertise.
Jason Lundquist, Sergeant, Crimes Against Children Unit, Waco Police Department

Session 40 – Trauma and the Sensory Brain
This workshop will address how complex developmental trauma impacts sensory integration and the importance of being able to recognize and intervene appropriately. The Center for Child Protection, a certified Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) site, has developed a trauma informed system of care when working with children based on the evidence-based approach of Dr. Bruce Perry. This presentation discussed basic brain development and the impact that abuse and neglect has and how that directly impacts the way a child reacts to their environment. Included in this will be several interventions that target and describe the sensory system. These interventions can easily be modified for a child of any age and can be adapted to any environment.
Vanessa Delgado, Bilingual Staff Therapist and Miriam Jansky, Chief Clinical Officer, Center for Child Protection, Austin

Session 41 – Bias. What You Don’t Know Can Hurt Others
Identifying and Overcoming Cognitive Bias is designed to teach professionals how to recognize and effectively combat cognitive bias--subconscious tendencies to think in certain ways that deviate from good judgment and rational thinking—in their everyday practice. Topics include confirmation bias, tunnel vision, and group think. The topic of implicit bias--the cognitive process where despite our best intentions, people automatically classify information in biased ways--will also be covered with examples specific to professionals that find themselves working with victims.
Bill Wirskye, First Assistant District Attorney, Collin County District Attorney and Jarvis Parsons, District Attorney, Brazos County

Session 42 – A Look Into the Suicide Crisis in Adolescents and Young Adults

As the second leading cause of death for children, adolescents and young adults age 5 to 24 year-olds, suicide remains a national crisis.  Depression is the leading mental health disorder in children, adolescents and adults who are suicidal.  However, suicidal thoughts and behaviors expressed by children and adolescents are very different than those expressed by adults.  This program will review those differences, highlight risk factors and warning signs, as well as discuss suicidal behavior in the context self-directed violence, suicidal self-injury and non-suicidal self-injury.  The last part of the program will be a discussion of how to provide support and self-care to those impacted by the loss of someone through suicide.

Dr. Anna Satterfield, Ph.D., Student Health Services, Texas A&M University

Session 43 – False Alarm
In February 2013, Cedar Hill Police Officers responded to a residential alarm which was originally cleared as a false alarm. A short time later, they were dispatched to a second residential alarm at the same location. As officers were arriving they observed the garage door closing. Officers were unable to make contact with anyone inside of the location. Once the first responders made entry into the home they discovered an apparent brutal murder had taken place. The suspect was found lying on top of the victim with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Prior to his death, the suspect had unsuccessfully attempted to cleanup evidence of the murder that had taken place. The victim was the mother of the suspect’s child and there was a history of domestic disturbances between the two individuals.  This presentation is a case study about the initial false alarm as well as the work investigators had to do to piece together the facts in this horrific murder.
Ashley Zachry, Forensics Manager, Cedar Hill Police Department

Session 44 – Interfacing with a Trafficking Victim from a Survivor’s Perspective
Combatting human trafficking is a need within each community.  Understanding the need for resources and training on this crime is so important to those who are working within the criminal justice community.  This workshop is a firsthand perspective from Kim who was trafficked from the age of 11 to 19. She will share reasons why she didn't view herself as a “victim” and why so many others similarly do not believe they are also victims. She will discuss how law enforcement and other agencies missed her and how these interactions shaped her and played a part in her continued victimization. Now, as someone living on the other side of "the life" she can provide valuable insight into what we're missing and how agencies like UnBound are key in helping survivors find resources for long term healing.
Kim, Survivor and Amanda Buenger, Executive Director, UnBound

Session 45 – Advocacy & Victim Support on a College Campus
Research indicates that college years are the highest risk time for women to experience an incident of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking or sexual harassment. College-aged men are also at risk. Colleges and universities are required to have a response plan in place when a student files a complaint of sexual harassment or sexual violence. Of critical importance in that plan is the support and resources available to the students as they proceed through the university-or criminal process-while still attending school. This session will identify the various and specific ways college and community personnel can work together to support students from the point of filing a complaint to the resolution of the case. Discussion will focus on interim measures and accommodations that include, but are not limited to, reporting options, academics, housing, parking, and no contact restrictions.
Anne Reber, Dean of Student Life and Angela Winkler, Assistant Director, Texas A&M University, Offices of the Dean of Student Life

Session 46 – The Nuts and Bolts of Protective Orders
This presentation will provide nuts and bolts basics of filing and litigating an Application for a Protective Order that includes the law related to who, what, when and where to file. The workshop will cover: comparison of various remedies and their durations - TRO, EPO, TPO, PO, bond conditions; service; burden of proof (production and persuasion); required findings/orders; negotiable findings/orders; affirmative findings of family violence; kids as protected persons; kick outs; and civil vs. criminal enforceability. The workshop will be beneficial to new and seasoned professionals, including attorneys, victim advocates and peace officers. There will also be a question and answer time during the presentation.
Marvina Robinson, ADA, Tarrant County District Attorney

Session 47 – Improving Services With Technology

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Victim Services Division (VSD) has migrated to a new Integrated Victim Services System. This system utilizes current technology to provide automation and modernization of VSD notifications and programs.  This workshop will discuss notifications, resources, and the new victim and criminal justice online portals. The victim portal allows for individuals to register for notifications on TDCJ offenders, update their profile and notification preferences, search for local resources and access VSD services. In similar function, the criminal justice portal allows professionals to register for notifications, submit activity reports, update their resource directory listing, and request publications and trainings from VSD.
Michelle Navarro, Program Supervisor and Mary McCaffity, Deputy Director, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Victim Services Division

Session 48 – Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
What’s your biggest frustration in a typical domestic violence case?  The answer typically is the victim does not want to press charges or want to drop charges soon after an arrest is made or a report is taken.  Where does this leave the children in the home?  Is dropping the case fair to them? This presentation will help police officers, prosecutors and CPS investigators understand the impact witnessing domestic violence has on children.  Participants will learn the importance of notifying Child Protective Services when there is domestic violence occurring in the home and/or in front of children.  Participants will learn how to use children’s statements during a domestic violence investigation.

Shannon Acosta, Investigator, Montgomery County District Attorney 



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