Every Victim Every Time

Crime Victim Conference

​2018 EVET Workshop Descriptions

Session 1 – The Life
In this workshop, an FBI special agent and trafficking survivor partner together to provide their different perspectives on working with trafficking victims.  The pair will discuss how to identify indicators of sex trafficking and best practices for law enforcement investigations.  Attendees will also hear a personal account of the commercial sex trafficking horrors and how to survive being in the “life.”  This personal story combined with law enforcement’s firsthand experience will provide attendees with an overall understanding of the commercial sex trafficking trade and how to effectively communicate with survivors. 
Special Agent Theo Williams, Federal Bureau of Investigations and Mara Vestal, Human Trafficking Survivor

Session 2 – High In Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug and Concealment Trends and Identifiers – Part One
One of the most important factors in adult and youth substance abuse prevention is knowledge of one’s community and the current trends.  The presenter of this workshop spends time conducting a community scan to ensure the most up to date information is presented for a specific area.  He spends time walking through the local malls, convenient stores and retail stores to identify popular culture surrounding alcohol and other items to promote substance use.  This will give attendees firsthand information of what is currently happening in the local community.  This workshop will cover alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, alcopops, alcohol/drug concealment methods and containers, drug paraphernalia, drug related music/groups, logos, stickers, new technology, youth party tendencies, party games, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, social networking sites, synthetic drugs, OTC drugs, inhalants, concentrates, E-cigarettes, and popular party drugs.  Common stash compartments that can be used to conceal drugs and/or weapons will be presented in the session.  This session is unique, in that it provides over 70 visual aids for attendees.   The drug and alcohol scene is ever changing and it is imperative for professionals to have the most up to date knowledge on trends.
Jermaine Galloway, Tall Cop Says Stop

Session 3 – Social Media Ethics
Over the past ten years, there has been a huge change in the way we respond to each other – social media has taken over not only the “friend” world but also the professional world.  What does that mean for those of us working with victims, children and clients?  What are our ethical boundaries when it comes to social media?  Who should be making the policies that dictate what we can and cannot do on the internet?  Our roles as professional service providers call us to a higher understanding of these boundaries and we as professionals should be taking a stand on what is acceptable and what is avoidable.  Join these presenters for a talk on ethics – even when the law isn’t necessarily broken what should we be ethically obligated to do for best practices in the workplace.
Chuck Glenewinkel, Director of Communications, College Independent School District and Brian Price, ADA, Brazos County District Attorney

Session 4 – Plea Bargain is Not a Four Letter Word
This workshop educates the audience on one of the most significant and misunderstood components of the Texas criminal justice system: plea bargaining.  There are many myths surrounding the plea bargain process, such as a widely held belief that a plea bargain results in a lesser sentence than a trial.  Attendees will learn the truth behind this and other myths of the process.  Attendees will also learn how prosecutors and defense attorneys evaluate and negotiate cases for plea bargains.  Concepts are illustrated with real-world examples, providing attendees with valuable insight into the risks and rewards of plea bargains and trials.  

Patrick Wilson, District Attorney, Ellis County

Session 5 – Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Solution to Workplace Conflict
Do you find that you or others are often in conflict with one another?  Is this conflict productive or does it lead to a breakdown in relationships and productivity?  What can you do to make things better?  You cannot escape conflict - it's unavoidable and, handled correctly, can be healthy for you and for your organization. When you are able to recognize it for what it is, understand its nature and address it rather than avoid it, you will serve yourself and others well.  When conflict is not addressed properly, it will often escalate and become even worse. Join us for a conversation about resolving and even avoiding unnecessary and painful conflict with those around you.  While conflict is a part of everyday life, it doesn't have to disrupt our lives and those with whom we work.  Learn and reflect upon what steps you can take to facilitate a more productive - and even harmonious – workplace.
Debra Hamilton, Education Specialist, Region 4

Session 6 – Danger All Around: The Intersection of Stalking and Technology
Cell phones, GPS, Computers and Social media. Today, technology is all around us, but these technologies and others can be dangerous weapons in a stalker's arsenal. While technology itself isn't the problem, it can be used to track, monitor, harass, and gain information about victims. As technology advances, so will stalkers' abilities to utilize it in their crimes. Therefore, those who work with stalking victims should be familiar with both the various ways stalkers misuse technology and how the same technologies can be used to protect victims. This workshop will explore the challenges of investigating stalking cases in general, the technologies commonly involved in such cases, and resources and safety planning tips professionals can use when working with victims.
Micah Titterington, Director of Outreach, Waco Family Abuse Center

​Session 7 – Violence at Houses of Worship
This presentation addresses the growing problem of violence at houses of worship. In 2017 alone, 114 people died a violent death on church and/or faith based property. This is an all-time high.  This presentation also addresses the problem of sex crimes on faith based property and how we can make sure those types of crimes are being addressed as well.
Jimmy Meeks, Sheepdog Seminars

Session 8 – High In Plain Sight: Current Alcohol, Drug and Concealment Trends and Identifiers – Part Two
One of the most important factors in adult and youth substance abuse prevention is knowledge of one’s community and the current trends.  Officer Jermaine Galloway spends time conducting a community scan to ensure the most up to date information is presented for a specific area.  He spends time walking through the local malls, convenient stores and retail stores to identify popular culture surrounding alcohol and other items to promote substance use.  This will give attendees firsthand information of what is currently happening in the local community.  This workshop will cover alcohol and drug clothing, alcoholic energy drinks, alcopops, alcohol/drug concealment methods and containers, drug paraphernalia, drug related music/groups, logos, stickers, new technology, youth party tendencies, party games, non-traditional alcoholic beverages, social networking sites, synthetic drugs, OTC drugs, inhalants, concentrates, E-cigarettes, and popular party drugs.  Common stash compartments that can be used to conceal drugs and/or weapons will be presented in the session.  This session is unique, in that it provides over 70 visual aids for attendees.   The drug and alcohol scene is ever changing and it is imperative for professionals to have the most up to date knowledge on trends.
Jermaine Galloway, Tall Cop Says Stop

Session 9 – When Serial Rapists Murder
This case study will detail the investigation of a serial and savage sexual predator that viciously assaulted, robbed and murdered his victim.  One victim was found lying in a pool of her own blood behind a building in Killeen, Texas, left for dead.  The victim was transported to the hospital for a forensic exam, which resulted in DNA collection that connected this predator to several rapes, robberies, serious assaults and murder across two states.  The presenters will discuss the medical aspect of the sexual assault exam and how law enforcement was able to build community trust and track a serial predator with the help of a forensic nurse, a brave woman, and the mother that refused to let her daughter's murder go unsolved.
Frederick Harris, Detective, Killeen Police Department and Sheilah Priori, Forensic Nurse, Fort Hood

Session 10:  Love the Way You Lie: Prevention Education on a University Campus
This workshop starts with a demonstration of "Love the Way You Lie", a guided media analysis that was developed by Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships (CLEAR) at Texas A&M University. The program uses the lyrics and Grammy-nominated music video for Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie" to teach participants about dating violence, barriers to exiting an abusive relationship, and how to support someone struggling with a violent partner. Both talented artists, Rihanna's experience as a survivor of dating violence and Eminem's history of violence against women allowed them to give the world a glimpse into what an abusive relationship can look like. The workshop concludes with an overview of other prevention techniques used at Texas A&M and the importance of education in ending sexual violence. While CLEAR uses these techniques on campus, they could be also be translated into high schools, middle schools, and other communities off campus.
Ryan Jackson, Caitlyn Farr & Lauren Dorsett, CLEAR, Texas A&M University

Session 11 – Forensic Nursing: Assessment & Evidence Collection
Effective September 1, 2013 Texas law mandates hospitals with emergency rooms to have doctors and nurses trained in basic forensic evidence collection.  This session will provide training to medical personnel on collecting evidence from perpetrators and survivors of violent crime.  This workshop will also benefit the detectives and prosecutors who work these cases from the criminal side as it will highlight skills for observation, documentation and preservation of any/all evidence critical in determining the legal outcome of violent crimes.  This course will also offer a one-hour hands on component where participants can review cases and perform simulated collection of evidence.  This workshop meets the requirements mandated by Texas Law and a certificate of completion will be given.
Niki Johnson & Crystal Conner, Forensic Nurse, Baylor Scott & White Hospital

Session 12 – OffenderWatch and The Basics of Sex Offender Registration
This workshop will cover OffenderWatch which is a sex offender management software. OffenderWatch has a law enforcement module as well as a public module with the capability to allow communication between the public and law enforcement. This workshop will cover the basics of sex offender management/registration and how OffenderWatch has made this process more efficient after its implementation. OffenderWatch has the capability to give shared access to any agency that deals with sex offenders such as law enforcement, prosecutors, probation, parole, and crime analysts. OffenderWatch offers many features and benefits that the public and/or victims can utilize to increase their knowledge of sex offenders. One of the most important features of OffenderWatch is that it offers an automated notification system to the public when sex offenders move from one address to another. During the workshop, an overview of the types of sex offenders will be presented along with the duties of sex offenders and what makes a sex offender non-compliant.
Trey Oldham, Investigator, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office

Session 13 – Social Health: A Look at the Effects of Social Media and the Mental Health of Today's Youth
This presentation will take a look at the growing number of mental health related calls educators and law enforcement have been experiencing over the past few years and how social media usage plays a role in those calls.  Today's youth are often driven by their social media presence therefore constantly judging themselves against the stream of images before them.  Mental health, social media, self-image, self-worth and acceptance are challenges faced daily by the teens we all serve, so we need to learn everything we can on how to counteract the negativity and turn it to a positive. 
Lance Cox, Sergeant, Austin ISD Police Department

Session 14 – Bernie: The Movie and the Reality
In 1999, Bernie Tiede was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his elderly companion, Marjorie Nugent. In 2011, the case was resurrected with the movie, "Bernie," which depicted Mrs. Nugent as the true victimizer, not her murderer. Ultimately, the movie led to Tiede receiving a new trial on punishment. This workshop explores the unusual legal odyssey of State of Texas vs. Bernie Tiede and explores the reality of the case versus the fictionalized version of it, as well as the power of the movie industry to influence justice. The workshop is presented by the lead prosecutor in Tiede's second trial.
Lisa Tanner, Chief of the Criminal Prosecution Division, Texas Attorney General’s Office

Session 15 – Behind Closed Doors: The Aftermath
How does one recover from years of abuse and terror? What coping skills, triggers as well as support are key in becoming healthy again and what should advocates, social workers, and therapists or those in the helping field know while providing care for a victim of abuse. This workshop will convey a short live dramatization part of "Behind Closed Doors" - a personal experience of living as a domestic violence victim while being a well-known social worker, soccer mom, and military spouse.  We will discuss the cycle of violence, focusing on signs before the marriage to the progression of violence from pre-battering to battering stage.  This presentation also outlines the stages of change and the thinking process of the victim, outlining barriers to leaving vs. reasons for staying.  The presenter will facilitate the process of thinking, maladaptive coping skills, triggers and a detailed point by point application of Robert's seven stages crisis intervention model.
Kerry Ann Frazier, Healthy Homes Program Director, Harker Heights Police Department

Session 16 – 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 17 – Why Do They Act Like That? How to Understand and Work with People From Different Generations
For the first time in history, we have four (and sometimes five) different generations frequently coming into contact with each other in the workplace...what is "right" for one generation is often in conflict with what is "right" for another generation.  So, what are we do to in this age of working collaboratively and cooperatively in order to have a positive impact on those with whom we come into contact on a daily basis?  This presentation will teach you to identify characteristics and gain a better understanding of the five generations and provide tips and suggestions for overcoming generational differences.
Kara Comte, ADA, Brazos County and Debbie Hamilton, Education Specialist, Region 4

Session 18 – Trauma and the Sensory Brain: An Innovative Approach
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 discusses 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 workshop 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, LMSW and Miraim Jansky, Trauma Services Director, Center for Child Protection

Session 19 – Demystifying the Dark Web
When it comes to protecting our kids, we are dealing with a generation that has greater access to information than ever before. One of the most dangerous places for that information is on the Dark Web. Many people have heard of it but don’t know exactly what it is. This presentation will offer an explanation of the Dark Web to help to answer your questions and more. We will discuss the origins and evolution of the Dark Web, methods of access, summary of the products and services being offered and how those products and services are paid for. The Dark Web is not going away any time soon and will continue to be a challenge for law enforcement and parents alike. It’s important to educate yourself about the Dark Web and the dangers that it poses.
Paul Price, Beyond IT, Inc.                                                                                           

Session 20 – I’ll Be Watching You – A Stalking Case Study
Leaving an abusive relationship sounds like a perfect solution for a victim.  Society tells us that once he or she is away from their abuser, the danger is over. All too often though, the violence and terror continue through stalking.  Technology such a smartphones, social media, and the internet have made stalking easier for the abuser and difficult to investigate for law enforcement.  This session will focus on how we can better understand and combat the problem of stalking through the case study of Brian Thuman, a man who stalked multiple former girlfriends across the United States before finally being brought to justice.
Philip McLemore and Jessica Escue, ADA, Brazos County District Attorney

Session 21 – Mythbusters: Fact or Fiction in Child Sexual Abuse
“If my child was ever sexually abused, he would tell me.”   “My boyfriend couldn’t have done anything like that because I was around him all the time and I never saw anything that seemed unusual or inappropriate.”   “If anything sexual had really happened, the medical examination of the victim would’ve shown it .”  “The child said she made it all up, so it obviously never happened.”  These and other myths commonly appear in discussions about sexual abuse of children.  The prevalence of these myths often leads to a failure on the part of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, medical professionals, jurors, and even victims’ parents to understand what’s happening and to confront and address child abuse. This presentation, presented by an investigator and a prosecutor, will discuss delayed disclosures, the process of disclosure, recantation, memory discrepancies, and problematic victim behaviors and how to address each of those during the investigation, counseling and trial process.  We will also address corroborating evidence to help in supporting the voice of the child.
Kara Comte, ADA, Brazos County District Attorney and Trey Oldham, Investigator, Brazos County Sheriff’s Office

Session 22 – Offender Focused Domestic Violence Initiatives
The presentation will introduce a new and innovative approach to domestic violence deterrence. This workshop will focus on a long term solution that is more viable because the focus is on the perpetrator and not necessarily the victim. The presenter will describe the High Point model for focused deterrence in domestic violent situations with strategies and ideas directed towards perpetrator accountability and prosecuting cases from an evidence based perspective instead of relying entirely on the cooperation of battered and unwilling victims.
Walter Jones, Chief Assistant District Attorney, Guilford County, High Point, North Carolina

Session 23 – What Happens After a Defendant is Convicted?
This workshop will provide an overview of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Correctional Institutions Division (CID) receiving and orientation processes along with other prison-related facts.  Attendees will hear an overview of the parole review process, and what happens when an offender is released to parole/mandatory supervision or directly discharges his or her sentence. The workshop will include discussion of the services available to crime victims by the TDCJ Victim Services Division including; how and when a crime victim can register with the Victim Notification System, notification services, Victim Impact Statements, board meeting assistance and protest material processing, and safety planning.
Melanie Porter and Michelle Navarro, Victim Services, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Session 24 – Stress Management 101: Moving My Career from Bitter to Better
Most of us are aware of the potential negative effects of stress, including physical and mental illness and eventual burnout. In worst-case scenarios, stress erodes not only our individual wellbeing, but also our ability to create healthy, effective relationships with our colleagues and the students on our campuses. The good news is that stress doesn’t have to be the enemy. In fact, if our goal is to live a stress-free life, we are cheating ourselves out of a potentially valuable fuel source. Stress, when understood and managed effectively, can result not only in increased personal wellbeing, but also in authentic community among our colleagues and relational connection with the students on our campuses. In this session, we’ll discuss the source of stress in your vocation and explore various coping strategies based on the fight, flight, or freeze response. Attendees will leave with practical strategies to increase their adaptive coping and tools for building community with their colleagues and students.

Adam Saenz, Psychologist, Saenz Culture Architects

Session 25 – Youth Violence and the Mission Oriented Shooter
The headlines tell us almost daily of another school shooting.  We hear unfathomable details about youth violence and the destruction we are seeing in our young people.  Why does this seem to be getting worse?  What is happening to our youth?  How can we make a difference?  How can we identify who these people are?  In this workshop, we will discuss Mission Oriented Shooting cases such as the Columbine School Shooting.   Attendees will learn about the concept “Fishing Upstream” and how early intervention in the lives of at risk youth can make a difference.
Matt Logan, Ph.D., Halo Forensics

Session 26 – The Ten Commandments of Family Violence
Lying witnesses, recanting victims, and distrust of authorities are hallmarks of family violence investigations. Because of that, domestic violence cases are often frustrating, complicated, and difficult to investigate and prosecute.  However, these complex cases often follow standard patterns that can make these investigations much easier.  This session focuses on ten practical steps – five dos and five don’ts – which can make or break a family violence case.
Jessica Escue, ADA, Family Violence Unit Chief, Brazos County District Attorney

Session 27 – A Delayed Outcry: A Survivor’s Words
For years a child suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather.  Many years later, she reported the abuse to law enforcement and her stepfather was subsequently charged and convicted by a jury. In this presentation, you’ll hear directly from that survivor and her prosecutor who tried the case. They will share her testimony from first report to final verdict. This workshop will also break down the legal process and the challenges faced throughout the trial. Attendees will learn about key things that impact a victim and help them on the journey to becoming a Survivor both in and out of the courtroom.
Katie Loewe, Survivor and Matthew Gilliam, ADA, Harris County District Attorney

Session 28 – Breaking the Bond: Trauma Bonds and the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking
This workshop will examine the intersection of sexual abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking. We will explore the dynamics of the trafficker and victim relationship, paying particular attention to trauma bonds and familial trafficking. We will discuss the effects of complex trauma and the vulnerability of children and teens to sexual exploitation. This workshop is interactive and will provide an opportunity for participants to work together on case scenarios to develop trauma-informed and victim-centered responses.
Laramie Gorbett, Human Trafficking Specialist, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

Session 29 – Legal Options for Victims of Violence
Often, victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and stalking intersect with multiple criminal and civil systems. This workshop will help advocates and other professionals to identify the different systems and how to help survivors navigate through the systems while providing empowerment-based, victim centered advocacy.
Amanda Elkanick, Texas Advocacy Project​

Session 30 – 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.
Victoria Walker, Outreach Manager, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Session 31 – Assessing Psychopathy: Clinical and Forensic Applications of the HARE Psychopathy Checklist
Understanding psychopathy is a critical tool when looking at criminal behavior.  This disorder is complex and difficult to spot as these persons can appear normal and even charming.  The Hare Psychopathy Checklist is an assessment tool that helps identify these behaviors and patterns of behavior that could provide better insight.  This workshop is intended primarily for psychologists, psychological associates, psychiatrists, graduate students, and other mental health personnel who have the professional qualifications to conduct psychological assessments. It also is open to researchers, administrators, and personnel in the mental health and criminal justice systems (e.g., social workers, counselors, lawyers, probation officers, and law enforcement investigators) whose work requires, or would benefit from, knowledge about psychopathy, its measurement, and implications.
Matt Logan, Ph.D., Halo Forensics

Session 32 – Getting the Right One: A Serial Abuser is Convicted of Murder
This case study will examine the investigation and subsequent conviction at trial of Tommy Castro, a serial abuser, for murdering his girlfriend's 5 year-old daughter. You will hear how the prosecution overcame the many obstacles they faced, including the fact that the abused girlfriend initially gave a false confession to having committed the crime herself. The presenter will discuss how he educated the jurors on domestic violence, overcame the false confession, used the testimony of Castro's prior victims, and obtained a life sentence for the real killer.
Staley Heatly, District Attorney, 46th Judicial District

Session 33 – The Effects of Drug Legalization in America
This is one of the hottest topics in the country right now. The normalization of drug use, along with the massive commercialization of pot, has inflicted may unintended consequences upon society and impacted every state. Emerging products such as marijuana concentrates, edibles, vaping devices, and drug fashions are being marketed to our youth through social media, advertising, television, movies, celebrities, the pot industry, pro-legalization organizations, and even video games.  This workshop will address some of the big questions: How did we get here and who is behind it; what are the cultural influences that help explain current public opinion and youth attitudes towards marijuana; and what can we do to better educate the public and defeat the pro-pot industry. Attendees will learn what some of the consequences of legalization are – increased youth marijuana use rates; increased access to marijuana by youth (including young children because of marijuana edibles); reduced perception of harm; significant increases in the potency of marijuana through genetic manipulation of marijuana plants and the extraction of THC (concentrates); increased public safety issues such as highway deaths and medical emergencies; decreased respect for the law; the growing influence of the drug culture; the rise of the black market; corruption of governments and government officials; and other damaging social, economic, medical, and legal consequences.
Monte Stiles, Former Assistant United States Attorney

Session 34 – 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, Waco Police Department

Session 35 – Interpreting the Medical Records of Child Sexual Assault Victims
Interpreting the jargon found in medical records can be difficult for non-medical professionals.  This workshop will provide clear information and direction for professionals who investigate or prosecute sexual assault of children cases.  The presenter will share her 20 years of experience as a child sexual assault nurse examiner and provide case discussions to assist attendees in interpreting medical records.  Attendees will be able to discern normal, abnormal and non-specific medical forensic examination findings notations on medical records. 
Laurie Charles, Forensic Nurse, Baylor Scott & White and Clinical Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

Session 36 – But No One Got Hurt – Exploring Hazing on a College Campus
Over the past several years, news headlines have been riddled with stories of tragedies involving hazing at colleges and universities around the nation. These incidents have had a significant impact on the students involved, their families, fellow students, and the communities in which the campuses are located. They have also sparked many conversations about what institutions should and can do to address hazing behaviors within their student population. This interactive session seeks to explore one university’s philosophy on addressing hazing concerns on its campus. Topics will include examples of hazing behaviors, types of organizations involved, hazing prevention initiatives, university policies, university’s response to hazing allegations, and dispelling some common hazing myths.
Kristen Harrell, Associate Director and Alyssa Leffall, Special Assistant to the Vice President, Texas A&M University

Session 37 – Shattered Silence
In 2003, Christina Moore was murdered in her home in Round Rock, Texas.  The investigation took many turns until the case was finally solved and the suspect was brought to trial and convicted.  The case was even featured on Discovery ID with the hope the killer would be brought to justice.  This presentation provides an in-depth look at the homicide investigation and the obstacles overcome. 
John Combs, Detective, Round Rock Police Department

Session 38 – Inside the Mind of the Serial Killer and Sexual Predator
Why Did He Kill Her?  What Kind of Person Could Do Such Horrific Things?  These are questions we ask ourselves when we hear about serial killers and rapists.  As professionals working in the field of criminal justice, we often find ourselves trying to grasp at these realities, understand them and even explain them to others.  This presentation will provide attendees with an up close look at these predators using real life cases and videotaped interviews designed to allow insight into the mind of the person committing these horrendous crimes.
Matt Logan, Ph.D., Halo Forensics

Session 39 – Why Education Works: The Impact of Drugs in America
History shows us that drug education works when the message is powerful, consistent, and sustained over time. During a time in which some are calling for surrender to the drug culture, how do we use our time, talents, and education with a renewed sense of purpose and passion?  What is the message to be shared and why is this work so important for the future of America?  This presentation will compare the current drug legalization movement with the way the tobacco industry destroyed lives through deceit and slick marketing. Using our history of prevention efforts in tobacco education, designated driver programs, seat belts, recycling and other successful educational campaigns, participants are reminded how prevention and education efforts have saved countless lives. The end result is a renewed belief in the power and effectiveness of community drug education.  In addition to being a good energizer for the beginning or ending of a conference, this presentation is also effective in restoring the public’s appreciation for drug education and motivating them to support these efforts. The ultimate message is that education works when we do enough of it.
Monte Stiles, Former Assistant United States Attorney

Session 40 – Light in the Shadows: Dealing with Loss in Victims’ Lives
While working with victims, we encounter some dark places. Some of this darkness is generations old and has been around a long time. We all take hits in life, and for some the losses are numerous and heavy. Many are bruised, broken, and see themselves as stuck and beyond repair. Victims are not simply responding to the current situation, but to a lifetime of loss. In this workshop, we'll talk about how a victim's personal history of loss and trauma can impact their mind, heart, and life.  Attendees will learn how dealing with their own internal wounds is essential to assisting victims deal with theirs and how we all can bring sanity, perspective, and light into the shadows of victim's lives
Gary Roe, Grief Counselor, Hospice Brazos Valley

Session 41 – Difficulties in Human Trafficking Investigations
This workshop addresses what human trafficking is and the magnitude of the problem globally, nationally and in the State of Texas. At risk groups are identified and training will focus on victim centered trauma issues that make investigation and interviewing of trafficked victims difficult.  We will examine polyvictimization and PTSD as well as health issues of the survivor. We will illustrate indicators that a person may be involved in trafficking and identify businesses that facilitate either wittingly or unwittingly to possible human trafficking. The workshop closes with a call for awareness and continued education with the need for a multiple disciplinary approach for a successful investigation.
Michael Sweeney, Human Trafficking Specialist, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault

Session 42 – Let’s Talk Forensics: A Panel Discussion
This session will offer a wealth of information from a group of individuals with extensive careers working with victims of crime. The panel discussion will address current trends, issues and concerns utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach. Members of the panel include Law Enforcement, Legal, Medical/SANE from civilian and military programs, DPS Crime Lab, Social Work/Advocacy and Child Protective Services. Panelists will review each of their roles and discuss investigations, medical forensic examinations with collection of evidence, processing of evidence at the crime lab, prosecution of crimes and available support and resources.  Attendees are encouraged to bring questions to the workshop.
Deborah Kleypas, Forensic Nurse and Panel Facilitator

Session 43 – Creating and Sustaining a Domestic Violence High Risk Team
This presentation will be an introduction on what is a Domestic Violence High Risk Team (DVHRT) and why they are needed in each community?  The presenter will explain the concepts of the DVHRT, what constitutes high risk in a domestic violence investigation as well as the role of the coordinator in the DVHRT.  We will discuss the role of law enforcement, prosecution, advocacy, and other community resources on the team. Attendees will learn how to create the memorandum of understanding, communication between members, risk assessment tools/metrics, and taking a victim centered approach. 
David Scott, Texas Council on Family Violence

Session 44 – Hate Crimes: The Predatory Mindset
Hate itself is not a crime. A hate crime is a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity” (FBI, 2009)  This workshop reveals that although groups operate with hate as a central tenet of their existence; the actions of each individual within the group are still a result of their psychopathology and motivating mindset. The presenter will introduce a profile of the most common mindsets in this crime type and attendees will gain a greater understanding of this type of offender.
Matt Logan, Ph.D., Halo Forensics

Session 45 – Human Trafficking: A Case Study
This topic will cover information for first responders in identifying potential human trafficking victims and traffickers. A case study will be used to demonstrate real-world applications of best practices and investigative and prosecutorial techniques from initial investigation through a successful trial. This case study involves a 15 year old trafficking victim, "Summer", who had been trafficked in numerous counties in Texas by many different men and eventually found herself in Waco Texas in the home of Andre Evans where she was sold for money and drugs until she managed to escape. The case study will follow the lead detective through his investigation into "Summer" and the numerous people exploiting her and how he forged a bond and a trust with her which was integral in being able to hold her abusers accountable. We will also discuss the trial Andre Evans, which resulted in multiple convictions for human trafficking as well as sexual assault and 12 cumulative life sentences.
Gabrielle Massey, ADA, McLennan County District Attorney and Charles Youngblood, Detective, Waco Police Department

Session 46 – Trauma & Memory: Building a Strong Case
Victims of physical or sexual assault sometimes have memory impairment that makes it difficult for them to accurately recall details of the assault.  Memory impairment does not have to compromise a case; in fact, it can be important evidence to support violent trauma and/or evidence that a crime occurred.  Presenters will provide a multidisciplinary approach to valuable information about working with victims with memory impairment so that the attendees will understand factors that contribute to memory impairment, best practices for obtaining the information from the victim and how to reframe memory impairment in a critical case to demonstrate the negative impacts of violent assault on the victim.
Nancy Downing, Texas A&M College of Nursing, Candido Amaya, Detective, Bryan Police Department and Jessica Escue, ADA, Brazos County District Attorney

Session 47 – How You Make a Difference: Your Role as a Witness in a Criminal Case
“I don’t know very much about it.”  “I can’t remember.  It was years ago.”  “All I know is what someone else told me.”  “I don’t understand why you need me for this.  I didn’t do much.”  These are among the most common responses from police officers, medical professionals, counselors, teachers, and others when they are contacted by prosecutors about testifying in court in connection with a criminal case.  Yet, what those potential witnesses often don’t realize is that they possess some piece of information, knowledge, or expertise that could be the difference between justice and injustice.  Rules of evidence frequently permit things like hearsay testimony.  Faded memories can be refreshed by reviewing prior reports, statements, or recordings.  And sometimes the best and most meaningful expert witnesses are those who don’t consider themselves experts at all.  This workshop examines why people are called to testify, how witness testimony fits into a trial as a whole, and why experience, training, or knowledge can make a witness an essential piece of a case, even when the witness doesn’t know the facts of the case.      
Ryan Calvert, ADA, Brazos County District Attorney and Cameron Collins, Forensic Interviewer, Scotty’s House Child Advocacy Center

Session 48 – Dating Violence, Sexting and Digital Abuse: Serving Survivors on Your Campus
Teen dating violence can take many forms, both verbal and physical, and has evolved to include social media. In the age of sexting and cyber-bullying, it is all too easy for an abuser to demand sexually explicit materials, send unsolicited communication, or blackmail with sexual content. Texas has joined the trend and created new laws to address the too common phenomenon of sexting. This presentation will explain what “sexting” is, why it is so common, and why it is a problem for teens, especially those in an unhealthy relationship. We will also discuss the laws that are currently in place to protect young people from teen dating violence and cyber-bullying.

Amanda Elkanick, Texas Advocacy Project