Wednesday, April 17, 2019

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.


Keynote: Through the Looking Glass: A Conversation about Bias, Perception, Victims, and Change
Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, MA • Janelle Williams Melendrez, MS

Jeffrey S. Bucholtz and Janelle Williams MelendrezChanging social norms. #BlackLivesMatter. Social media. Popular culture. Sexual assault. Harassment and discrimination. “Illegals.” "All Lives Matter." Inclusion. Consent. Equality. Diversity. Bigotry and bias....

There’s a lot to think about in today’s world.

In one way or another, these issues are a huge part of our daily lives — especially those of us who work with violence, trauma and victims.

Whether we work in healthcare, criminal justice, the military, advocacy, colleges, or social services, our experiences with — and understanding of — these realities drastically affect our ability to create truly survivor-supportive practices and systems.


In this presentation, we will examine the ways that stereotypes and bias affect our perceptions, and how this in turn affects our ability to support victims — especially those from marginalized, minoritized, and underserved communities.

We will then look at a variety of institutional practices designed to further ensure that our system-wide efforts are inclusive and culturally responsive, rather than merely checking boxes.

As practitioners who are invested in creating a world free from interpersonal violence, bias against victims, and barriers that disrupt those in need trying to access services, we must recognize that all forms of bias and bigotry are inextricably linked with injustices — and then choose to invest in intentional practices that promote having power with instead of having power over others.

While these topics can be difficult and uncomfortable at times, we must remember that change takes courage. So together, during this presentation, we will set aside blame and anger to focus on the power of inclusion, hope, bravery, and intersectional social change. This is how we will ensure our values of justice, equity, connection, compassion, and self-reflection lead to the transformative change we desire.


  • Increase awareness of the intersectional connections between bias, dehumanization and victim-blaming.
  • Identify the links between inaction and injustice and the particular effects those links have on victims from marginalized/underserved communities.
  • Develop strategies to mitigate the effects of personal and institutional manifestations of bias.

10:00 – 10:30


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

4A The 12 Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation
Bonnie Armstrong

Professionals charged with the duty to protect children have a multitude of evidence to document, interviews to conduct, and leads to follow. In this minutiae of facts, photos, lists, and lies, cases can become twisted and confusing.

This workshop details The 12 Elements of the Forensic Investigation © — a proven format for organizing and investigating cases of child physical abuse.

Case studies will show how utilizing these 12 elements — including established protocol, multi-disciplinary team, consent, scene investigation, physical evidence, testimonial evidence, electronic and documentary evidence, timeline development, scene re-enactment, interrogation, resources, and ongoing training — results in the development of strong cases for prosecution.

Participants are provided with an Investigator’s Guide of The 12 Elements of the Forensic Investigation.


  • The participant will list the "12 Elements of a Successful Investigation" and state that six or more elements are needed for a successful criminal prosecution.
  • The participant will list multi-disciplinary team members who can assist with an investigation and what each discipline can bring to the investigation.
  • The participant will state that the two most important aspects of the successful physical abuse case are the scene investigation and detailed interviews establishing when the victim was normal and became symptomatic.
4B RockaBITE Baby
Adebimpe Adewusi, MD

"RockaBITE Baby" is an interesting case presentation about concerns of abuse and neglect involving a reported family dog attack of an infant.

Dr. Adewusi will describe this infant’s presentation to the hospital, which ultimately led to the consultation of CARES NW. Determining what aspects of the infant's injuries were abusive versus from a dog attack required a unique approach of seeking advice from other experts in the field of child abuse pediatrics and animal behaviorists. This case also demonstrates the importance of a collaborative approach to cases between medical providers and community partners to assist in determining the ultimate diagnosis and disposition of the child.

In this presentation, we will review complex cases where repeated allegations of sexual abuse are made by one parent against the other parent regarding the child they share. Amidst frequent calls to Child Protection are multiple ER visits and medical exams, police reports, violation of custody orders and counseling appointments. It may be hard to keep up with “who said what to whom." Trying to keep the focus on the health and safety of the child, authorities consider the possibility of sexual abuse, but at times are also forced to consider the additional possibility of emotional abuse and/or medical child abuse by the “non-offending” parent.

This workshop will likely not provide “the answers” to participants. However, the presenter team will use case examples to illustrate problems and pitfalls — and also to help attendees with a framework for evaluation, clear definitions to both emotional abuse and medical child abuse, tips on interviewing, and suggestions for how to work together as a multidisciplinary team.

4C Minimal Facts Interviews in the Field — What Do I Do? How Much Do I Gather? When Do I Stop?
Sue Lewis, LCSW • Kelly O'Donnell

Working as a first responder, whether for DHS or law enforcement, is a stressful position; add onto that having to “interview” a child on allegations of abuse. Often there are questions about "how much is too much" in the field and about how to talk with children in a developmentally and forensically appropriate way for the best overall outcome.

This talk will provide some concrete tips on talking with children, plus some guidelines on how much to gather in the field if you are referring to a CAC, as well as best practices and what can contaminate interviews.

4D Cultural Intelligence in Child Maltreatment Investigations
Amy Russell, MSEd, JD, NCC

The problem for many professions is determining whether children engaging in sexual behavior are merely experimenting or whether the activity is problematic. This presentation uses case studies and up-to-date research to give professionals new knowledge and skills — empowering them to undertake accurate assessments and to work in complex family situations more effectively.

Participants will examine the complexities of a range of scenarios that can arise when it emerges that a child has been a victim of sexual exploitation and/or has engaged in PSB towards another child or an adult.

4E ABCs of Working with Child Victims
Julie Germann, JD

The success of child sexual abuse cases most often turns on the testimony of the child victim and whether jurors perceive it to be credible. To communicate successfully with child victims, prosecutors, law enforcement officers and advocates must understand the basics of child development and how children experience and disclose abuse. The child abuse prosecutor's first and most important job is helping the child testify truthfully and effectively.

This session will cover preparing kids and their caregivers for the courtroom experience. Preparation for competency hearings, direct examination and cross-examination will be addressed. Participants will also learn pre-trial motions that can be used to make the courtroom process more child-friendly.

As a result of this presentation, participants will be better able to:

  • Understand how children experience and disclose sexual abuse
  • Learn techniques for communicating successfully with children and preparing them for the courtroom experience
  • Utilize pre-trial motions that can make the courtroom process less intimidating
4F Beyond the Walls of Violence: The Role of Fear and Survival in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime
Kelsey McKay, JD

When you think you are going to die, you do whatever you need to do to survive. What impact does fear and trauma have on the initiation, investigation and prosecution of criminal cases? What is its place in determining whether a report is taken seriously, properly documented, investigated and prosecuted?

The answer may surprise you.

So often the misunderstood impact of fear gives a passive voice to justice, and victims are seen as hysterical rather than insightful. The normal response to trauma, violence and fear sets victims up to seem crazy or weak.

This talk will provide insight into how decisions from a place of fear are often instinctual and valuable evidence. Shifting the focus from criticism to informed perspective will aid law enforcement and prosecutors in the quest to hold offenders accountable.

This talk aims to translate some of this behavior that can destroy a case. It will delve into real cases that carry common complications and complexities that routinely exist in these investigations and prosecutions. Instead of allowing these frustrations to overshadow the victim's cry for help, you will help give the victim a voice in the criminal justice system.

4G Help, My Images Are Online!
Kathryn Rifenbark

This NCMEC presentation will cover the new initiatives and assistance to victims of child sexual exploitation images and videos. Together with our partners, NCMEC is bridging the gap for victims — bringing technology and industry together to help remove these images from circulation online and change the narrative on the nature of the distribution of exploitation imagery.

Included in this presentation will be current survivor empowerment efforts — from victim impact statements to victim restitution — and new initiatives to provide services and resources to this unique survivor group.

4H 'Knowing the Signs': Predictive Analysis for Child Interdiction
Cody Mitchell

Human trafficking and the exploitation of children are currently happening all over the world. It is a problem that knows no international boundaries and cannot be confined by city, area, or town. Technology is advancing at an alarming rate — but it seems to be helping to facilitate the crimes committed against children while hindering law enforcement's abilities to combat the problem, rescue the victims, and investigate the criminals.

There are currently many training programs out there today that focus on the crimes committed against children and teach the latest techniques being used by the law enforcement communities to investigate these crimes and prevent this type of criminal activity in problematic areas. These classes focus on proven reactive techniques, which lead officers through complicated child related investigations.

But where do you start? How do you know who to start investigating?

Instructor Cody Mitchell highly recommends classes such as the ones mentioned above. This class is not one of them. Those other classes are great when you know an investigation needs to take place and you can formulate a plan. But what if you don't know who, what, when, why, or where to investigate? What proactive techniques can every law enforcement officer use to increase their "Crimes Against Children Recognition"?

"Predictive Analysis for Child Interdiction" focuses on and answers these questions. By studying the indicators seen in past crimes and applying them to current trends, research, and technology, law enforcement officers will not only recognize high-risk situations when encountered, they will be better equipped to make educated predictions about the presence of supporting evidence and will be led to the proper identification of the crime. This is taking child interdiction to the next level!

This class focuses on:

  • Human trafficking and child exploitation
  • Street-level analysis of criminal activity
  • Accurate articulation to ensure proper PC
  • Identification of evidence
4I Survivor Panel: #thisisallofus
Michael Pittman • Hilary Simmons-Sand • Erin Schweitzer • Joslynn Bigelow • Amy Stoeber, PhD (Facilitator)

This presentation will introduce you to four survivors of child abuse. Although each survivor’s story is different, the one thing they all have in common is they all currently work in the field with children or protecting children.

You will meet Michael (a CPS worker), Joslynn (a special education teacher), Erin (a child abuse detective), and Hilary (a teacher), all of whom were abused as children.

The panel hopes to give a little insight to how "the system" worked in their cases, as well as how they overcame being “victims” and turned into survivors — each via a different journey.

By sharing their personal and in some cases professional experiences, this panel hopes to inform the audience through their unique views about how to use a thoughtful, trauma-informed approach to engage with children who have been abused.

4J Am I The Only One Who Feels This Way? Wellness Tools for your Personal Toolbox
Elizabeth Tow

The work and content we deal with as members of an ICAC Task Force are some of the most egregious we will come in contact with during our careers. At times we will be around our family and friends when someone might say something, or a song will play, and it can cause an unintended recall of some of the materials. It may cause you to become quiet, distant or maybe even cause you to move away from your friends and family.

This class will address why this happens, what you can do to remain healthy and rejoin your family and friends. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Prepare your work environment to help reduce the amount of unintended recall of images.
  • Educate peers and supervisors to the possible influences child sexual exploitation materials can have on employees.
  • Work with your family and friends so they can understand what is occurring and put in place the most successful strategies to keep you healthy.
4L Tech Tools for the Investigator's Toolbox
Justin Fitzsimmons, JD • Lauren Wagner

This computer lab will introduce the must-have software and methodologies that can be used by investigators to manipulate and save digital evidence.

Topics will include:

  • Firefox add-ons, such as Video Downloadhelper (to save videos from YouTube and other websites), and Screengrab (to save or copy websites)
  • Google searching techniques (Boolean operators) to make searching for information much for efficient and reliable.
  • Google advanced operators, such as site: (to search only particular websites) and filetype: (to search only particular filetypes)
  • Google services such as Images (to search only images as well as reverse image searching techniques) and Scholar (to search only legal journals)
  • All the Google data saved that can be viewed in "Dashboard" and "My Activity."

Other software that will be introduced includes Jing (screenshot and screencast software), VLC (for playing movies), Irfanview (for viewing images), and Audacity (for audio editing).

12:00 – 1:30 p.m


1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

5A Timeline Development: Putting the Pieces Together
Bonnie Armstrong

Cases involving the vulnerable victim have hundreds if not thousands of documents and facts for the investigator to analyze, process, and then use to make a determination, based on the information developed through the forensic investigation.

Keeping in mind the 12 Elements of the Successful Forensic Investigation ©, investigators can stay focused on the elements of the case that result in successful courtroom outcomes.

Visual timelines offer a way to take complex case facts and present them in a simplified, linear manner, using distinct visual cues such as color, style, and emphasis. When sharing the case with team members, timelines offer a case “snapshot” to quickly understand the case. In court, visual timelines have been noted by jurors as the single most important visual shown that helped them understand the case and be convinced. The timeline developed must be visually interesting, cohesive, and convincing, and must include basic elements such as the date, timeframe, victim, witnesses, the suspect, and other key elements of the case.

Timeline examples will be shared with the group to compare/contrast different methods and styles.


  • The participant will compare and contrast a visual timeline vs. a narrative timeline.
  • The participant will demonstrate understanding of timeline development, using a case involving a vulnerable victim, to include the following: date, timeframe, victim, caregivers, and other elements as necessary to show the progression of key findings in the case and identify the perpetrator/suspect.
5B Neurology of Abusive Head Trauma: The Basics
Mark Dias, MD, FAAP, FAANS

Geared for all judicial, legal and medical personnel who are caring for or investigating abusive head trauma, this talk provides an introduction to the basic neuroanatomy of the brain and its coverings, the various types of neurological presentations, the different types of intracranial and brain injuries, and basic neuroradiology of traumatic brain injury and abusive head trauma.

5C Child Forensic Interview Pitfalls (Part 1 of 2)
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW

This presentation addresses some pitfalls that can occur in child forensic interviews — and provides suggestions for mitigating these pitfalls.

Some issues that will be presented include: building rapport, narrative event practice, script memory, inviting denial, suggestive prompts, getting details for corroboration, and fantasy.


  • Participants will be able to list the benefits of narrative event practice.
  • Participants will learn ways to minimize the potential for inviting denial.
  • Participants will discuss how to handle bizarre or fantastic elements in interviews.

This two-part session will continue from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

5D Child Suicide: Why? (Part 1 of 2)
Colleen Kamps, MA, CYC

According to the World Health Organization (2018), suicide is the third leading cause of death with young people ages 15-19. In addition, about one in six people ages 10-19 suffer from a mental health condition, with many conditions undetected and untreated (WHO, 2018). Risk factors for self-harm and suicide are multifaceted — including physical and sexual violence, bullying and abuse in childhood, trauma, substance use, and stigma.

This workshop will explore the underlying reasons why young people may engage in self-harm behavior or consider suicide, with particular emphasis on child abuse and trauma. It will also address: how to identify risk factors; how to talk with young people about suicide; how to increase safety; and how to strengthen protective factors.

This two-part session will continue from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

5E Investigating and Prosecuting the Circumstantial Child Abuse Case
Julie Germann, JD

For a variety of reasons, children are the "perfect" victims of physical or sexual abuse. The unique characteristics and vulnerabilities of child victims make their cases some of the most important and difficult cases to investigate and prosecute. Children are often unable to tell about their abuse and therefore cases against their abusers must be built on circumstantial evidence.

In this session, participants will learn the importance of using a multi-disciplinary team approach when investigating and prosecuting child physical and sexual abuse cases. Participants will learn how to effectively collect corroborating evidence, including physical evidence. This session will also address how law enforcement, prosecutors, child protection attorneys, and medical personnel can work together to build and win circumstantial cases.

At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  1. Recognize the value and importance of a multi-disciplinary approach to the investigation of child abuse cases.
  2. Identify non-traditional categories of physical evidence to collect that will corroborate child abuse.
  3. Understand the level of evidence necessary to build a circumstantial evidence case that can result in a conviction at trial.
5F Implementation of a Strangulation Supplement: Providing Guidance and Credibility for First Responders
Kelsey McKay, JD

Felony statutes recognizing the lethality and seriousness of strangulation assaults have been passed in the majority of states. Stiffer laws recognize the gravity of this form of violence and its ability to predict future homicides, both for domestic violence victims and police officers.

However, the criminal justice system has failed to implement necessary protocols or training to provide police officers guidance to investigate and collect the unique evidence necessary to hold these violent offenders accountable. As a result, many cases are rejected for prosecution — and law enforcement is left without guidance.

Attendees will learn to overcome common challenges strangulation presents — including lack of external injury, lack of victim, and missed and misunderstood evidence. This workshop will also walk police and first responders through the implementation of the Strangulation Supplement, and provide tips on how to conduct a quality strangulation investigation.

Through training and implementation of the trauma-informed Strangulation Supplement, first responders can collect valuable and credible evidence for prosecutors to gain convictions. Participants will be motivated to improve the quality of their response through multidisciplinary investigations.

5G How a Cat Video is Educating Teens about Sextortion
Elizabeth Murphy • Bria King

Thorn and Facebook recently teamed up to educate minors about content sextortion on social media platforms. They created video and web resources that work to create awareness among young teens about the common tactics used in grooming and sextortion, to de-stigmatize the issue, and to promote open conversations with trusted adults. The goal: a stronger safety net to help prevent sextortion — and a trusted ally if something feels bad or goes wrong.

In this presentation, you will learn who Thorn and the Online Safety team at Facebook are and how they've worked together in the past. The presenters will discuss the research they conducted on content sextortion prior to the campaign's development, and walk you through the campaign's creation process, including how they sourced messages and resources. And finally, the presenters will discuss their results — as well as expansion plans for 2019.

5H Human Trafficking 101: The fundamentals you need to know about Human Trafficking (Part 1 of 2)
Bradley Schoenleben

This presentation will focus on educating attendees about the subculture of human trafficking (HT). This will include where the HT exists, who the victims are, and how recruitment and trafficking is carried out by the traffickers. This session will also explain why the traffickers are successful and what problems one might expect when they encounter a victim of HT.

The training will provide tips on interviewing the victims as well as avoiding some of the pitfalls that arise from these types of cases. By the end of this portion of the training, the attendee will be more prepared to identify a possible victim of human trafficking — and, by understanding the subculture, be more prepared to help that victim and/or find the trafficker. This presentation will feature ample amounts of examples from actual cases and actual victims.

This two-part session will continue from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

5I The Most Unwelcome Roommate EVER! Recognizing and Overcoming the Effects of Bias
Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, M.A. • Janelle Williams Melendrez, M.S.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bias is an intrusive, disrespectful, unsolicited and unwelcome presence in our lives. Bias is so insidious that we often overlook its presence, and struggle to understand its power over our perceptions and behaviors. Having bias is not something we ask for; it is more like a horrible roommate who comes to disrupt our ethical and moral compasses so consistently, and so subtly, that it can easily damage our ability to connect with and provide support to the victims and families we serve.

In this workshop — through interactive activities, media analysis, dialogue and self-reflection — we will explore the myriad of ways that stereotypes and unintentional biases shape our perceptions, and thus our interactions with others. We will explore how we challenge and eventually overcome the effects of those biases in an attempt to create truly supportive spaces for victims: spaces that will draw victims to us, not push them away. After all, we cannot provide victims with the support and tools they need and deserve if they aren't confident that we see them as having value, or if they aren’t sure we are willing to disrupt our own assumptions and unhealthy ideas about others. This is particularly true for victims in marginalized/underserved communities, who are often inundated with additional trauma through bigotry and discrimination.

Finally, we will look toward a brighter future without interpersonal violence — by discussing how our efforts to recognize and overcome bias are an essential component in our primary prevention efforts.


  • Increase understanding of the ways bias, power and privilege influence attitudes and behavior toward survivors of violent crimes.
  • Identify the roles people play in biased incidents with a focus on the skills needed to become an ally to others (to become capacity builders for social change).
  • Explore and challenge personal biases, how they manifest, and what effects they have on interactions with colleagues and clients (victims).
  • Develop new strategies for articulating how bias and dehumanization facilitate interpersonal violence.
5J Knowing Your Story: How Increased Awareness of Trauma Benefits Multidisciplinary Teams
Amy Stoeber, PhD

All too often, professionals are working with complex trauma without an awareness of how it presents, what vicarious trauma looks like, or how they are personally triggered by these complex cases. During this presentation, participants will be able to identify how trauma manifests, how to be trauma-informed, and how to identify their own triggers that may get in the way of successful outcomes.

5K Ready. Set. Go! Engaging Your Community in Prevention Education
Tina Bigdeli

Join the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) for a dynamic discussion and presentation about child safety and prevention education resources to help build your agency’s capacity to protect children in your community.

You will learn about free and ready-to-use materials, best practices for sustainable prevention programming, and share experiences about your community needs.

Both offline and online safety and empowerment curriculum, videos and presentations will be shared.

5L #howdoisearchthat: Searching Instagram
Justin Fitzsimmons, JD • Lauren Wagner

With 55 million photos being shared daily, Instagram is a major player in the social networking world. Participants will be shown three ways to search Instagram: using the Instagram search engine on the web, searching Instagram through Google advanced and Boolean operators, and through third-party resources that can be used to search Instagram — all without having an Instagram account.

Instagram searching for profiles, keywords, hashtags, and geographical information will all be covered. Also, techniques to search Instagram through the mobile app using an Android emulator will be discussed.

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

6A Link Between Hands-On Child Abusers and Child Pornography
Detective Jeff Rich

This course will explore the common and uncommon links between the use/viewing of graphic images and videos depicting child exploitation and the hands-on abuse of children.

Various studies and statistics will be detailed in an effort to provide law enforcement, child protective services personnel, social workers, therapists, and medical professionals with insight into this internet-based gateway to hands-on offenders. Abuse methodology will be explored and an overview of online child exploitation methods will be discussed.

6B Abusive Head Trauma: Concepts, Controversies, and Conspiracy Theories
Mark Dias, MD

Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) is a condition well known to, and accepted by, practicing medical providers — yet over the last several decades a cloud of controversy has been generated in the courtroom that has led to significant confusion among the legal and lay communities.

This talk reviews the evidence for AHT, discusses the common conditions in the differential diagnosis of AHT, and identifies a number of conspiracy theories that have little or no scientific support.

6C Child Forensic Interview Pitfalls (Part 2 of 2)
Julie Kenniston, MSW, LISW

See session 5C for description.

6D Child Suicide: Why? (Part 2 of 2)
Colleen Kamps, MA, CYC

See session 5D for description.

6E Direct and Cross Examination for Law Enforcement: How To Avoid Getting Handcuffed by the Defense Attorney
Lawrence Jay Braunstein, Esq.

Testifying in court is usually not an endeavor that law enforcement officers look forward to. This class, presented by a defense attorney (and former prosecutor), will deal with issues and topics that arise during trial, such as interrogation (alright, interview) techniques, Miranda, one party consent telephone calls, and incomplete notes and records.

What to say and how to say it during direct and cross-examination will also be discussed.

6F Sex, Strangulation and Serial Killers
Kelsey McKay, JD • Julie Germann, JD

Asphyxiation is the ultimate method to gain commanding control over a victim. Anticipating the terrifying reality of death, perpetrators enjoy the power they feel when they play this role. Likewise, sexual violence is often a result of an unquenched need for power and control. The co-occurrence of these two acts together reveals insight into the mind of a perpetrator. In non-fatal cases, this can be a dress rehearsal for the next step: becoming a serial killer.

Identifying cases at the intersection between sexual violence and asphyxiation can detect the perpetrators that pose the ultimate risk to our communities: serial killers.

This talk discusses the often-missed opportunity to identify the co-occurrence of asphyxiation in cases that involve sexual violence — by using case examples to highlight the prevalence and significance of these acts being used in unison.

It will also discuss the obstacles that need to be overcome including misunderstanding of the BDSM community and the "rough-sex" defense.

6G Facebook and Child Safety
Jason Barry

Jason will discuss the latest safety and privacy controls available to prevent and reduce risks for users of the site, safety initiatives designed to combat crimes, and a detailed review of Facebook’s Law Enforcement Online Records System for law enforcement use.

6H Human Trafficking 101: The fundamentals you need to know about Human Trafficking (Part 2 of 2)
Bradley Schoenleben

See session 5H for description.

6I Centering the Problem: Developing Institutional Practices to Create Inclusive Workspaces and Client Experiences
Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, MA • Janelle Williams Melendrez, MS

Creating truly inclusive workspaces and client services is achievable — but only if we are able to recognize the disruptive and damaging biases and practices that contaminate our community climate through dehumanization. Our efforts to end bias and support victims will never be truly successful until we engage in institutional practices, policies, and procedures that upend the problematic components of our culture.

In this workshop, we will continue to build on our anti-bias work by creating strategic and deliberate pathways to demonstrate leadership and proactively address climate issues before they snowball. We will examine how to identify the often overlooked institutional procedures and habits that contribute to issues of bias, discrimination, and dehumanization — and then identify specific practices that work to rectify each element contributing to those problems.

We will also discuss the importance of several critical questions: Are our systems and leaders ensuring that they are not only delivering training, but are also providing time/space for what was learned to be implemented into staff’s daily practices? Are our leaders participating in the same trainings they expect their staff to attend? Are our training teams making sure that what their trainees have learned has been implemented? Are they going back to see how it was implemented? How are we actively and consistently promoting inclusion as an essential element of our workspaces and client services?

This workshop will integrate all we have learned about stereotypes, bias and inclusion, and begin to help participants put that knowledge into strategic and meaningful institutional practices.


  • Increase understanding of the impact of biased attitudes and behaviors on inclusive spaces (including on interpersonal and group interactions).
  • Provide tools for participants to generate action plans designed to make their professional workspaces more inclusive.
  • Improve ability to assess the dynamics of biased incidents and identify ways to positively intervene at the group and institutional level.
6J Self Defense for Non-Law Enforcement
Paul Wade • Ashleigh Force

Students will be taught basic but extremely effective skills to counter attacks from every angle — including ground attacks. The class will be led by certified self-defense instructors Detective Paul Wade and Ashleigh Force. These skills they will teach are derived from Krav Maga —- the Israeli military fighting technique with a proven combat record — and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the premier ground-fighting and ground self-defense art in the world. With these new skills, students will gain the confidence. No prior experience is required, and the class is open to all Summit attendees.

Class limited to 12 participants.

This two-part session will continue on Thursday from 3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

6L Save 65% of Your Human Trafficking Investigation Time with Spotlight
Mike Gallagher • Kristin McGunnigle

There are more than 150,000 escort ads posted every day in this country. Somewhere in that pile of data are children who are bought and sold online for sex.

Attendees will see firsthand how Spotlight helps prioritize leads by leveraging machine learning algorithms and utilizing link analysis tools to show connections of disparate data sources to help law enforcement understand the historical and geographical reach of a victim’s trafficking situation.

Attendees will also see how Spotlight is used during the investigation process; the session will also feature case studies from the field and hands-on exercises.

Spotlight is offered free of charge to law enforcement and can help reduce human trafficking investigations by 65%.

Evening Activities

Jackson Michelson

Jackson Michelson Concert for Summit Attendees

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Grand Ballroom

Sponsored by the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association, rising country music star Jackson Michelson will be performing exclusively for Summit attendees in the Red Lion Hotel on the River’s Grand Ballroom. This is a performance you won’t want to miss.

About Jackson: Raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Jackson Michelson kicked off his country career on the West Coast, carving out a sound that blended the rootsy twang of the American South with the sunny, feel-good spirit of the Pacific Coast. Nashville — the official capital of country music — lay 2,300 miles to the southeast, but Michelson focused on his home turf first, building an audience of West Coast fans who were drawn to his high energy shows and relatable songwriting. By the time he did move to Nashville, he’d already spent years on the road, growing his fan base show-by-show and earning a record contract with Curb Records in the process. Now, with a record deal under his belt, Michelson is prepping for the next phase of his career. There are new shows to play, new songs to be written and new opportunities to explore. But he’s still the boy from Corvallis, happy to sing about “The Good Life” — a life he’s built himself, show by show and song by song — to an audience that continues to grow.

Appetizers and no-host bar will be served for all attendees.

NOTE: Conference badge is required for entry — no exceptions.

Self-Defense Basics (Part 1 of 2)

Paul Wade and Ashleigh Force

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Glisan Room

Students will be taught basic but extremely effective skills to counter attacks from every angle — including ground attacks. The class will be led by certified self-defense instructors Detective Paul Wade and Ashleigh Force.

These skills they will teach are derived from Krav Maga — the Israeli military fighting technique with a proven combat record — and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, the premier ground-fighting and ground self-defense art in the world.

No prior experience is required, and the class is open to all Summit attendees.

Class limited to 12 participants. This is a two-part class, continuing on Thursday, April 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to participate both Wednesday and Thursday evenings. You will need to sign up to participate at the Summit Information Table in the Lower Level Foyer of the Red Lion Hotel on the River.