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  • August 20, 2018 - Pittsburgh: Executive Director McCormick conducted a training on implicit bias in legal decision making for the Allegheny County Bar Association.
  • August 14, 2018 - Philadelphia: the Commission held a meeting with newly-elected DA Larry Krasner to discuss death penalty studies, reforming pre-trial detention and legal financial obligations, and immigration issues. In attendance were Co-Chairs Winkelman and Hill Wilson, Jury Committee Chair Marks, Executive Director McCormick, Robert Listenbee and Judge Carolyn Temin.
  • July 27, 2018 - Philadelphia: Executive Director McCormick conducted a training for the District Attorney’s Office on language access and immigration issues in state courts.
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  • October 1, 2018 - The Pennsylvania Bar Association Minority Bar Committee is holding its Fall Conference.
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  • October 25, 2018 – The Commission’s next Quarterly Meeting will be held in Harrisburg.
  • November 10, 2018 – Executive Director McCormick will speak on sexual harassment and assault at the fall retreat of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.

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Southwest PA Trafficking Conference

Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking of Children: A Victim-Centered Approach

Monday, October 17, 2011

Presenters: Sergeant Byron Fassett | Detective Catherine De La Paz

Multidisciplinary Response to High Risk Victims

This workshop/training will reinforce and enhance team interaction with CPS, law enforcement, prosecution and medical which is critical for a successful system response for the High Risk Victim.This presentation will demonstrate the correlation and commonalities between the chronic runaway, repeat victims of sexual abuse, and the child victimized through sex trafficking.  Additionally, this training will reinforce the need to understand the roles and responsibilities of each team member from the victim recovery through the successful completion of the investigation, prosecution of any identified offenders, and placement of the child. This understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all the stakeholders will enhance the multidisciplinary team approach.

The modules provided in this training will be: (1) Dynamics of the Domestic Trafficking of Children:  Investigative/System Response to High Risk Victims; (2) Interviewing Adolescent High Risk Victims; and (3) Investigative/Intervention Strategies/Techniques -- “Making the Child's Statement Real” -- Case Studies.

 

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Dynamics of the Domestic Trafficking of Children: Investigative/System Response to High Risk Victims

Module Description
During this presentation, participants will be provided with information regarding the scope of the problem of domestic trafficking of children across the country, dynamics of child trafficking, characteristics and profile of the child victim, and the offender/pimp. The pathway to victimization and recruitment techniques will also be discussed. This presentation will define the High Risk Victim and demonstrate the correlation and commonalities between the chronic runaway, repeat victims of sexual abuse, and the child victimized through sex trafficking.  Participants will receive a unique and rare look -- “a first-hand, insider's view” -- of the how children are victimized through trafficking from the perspective of the victim and the perpetrator (“pimp”). 

  • Scope of the problem, framing the problem locally
  • Profile of a child victim of trafficking, pathway to victimization
  • Profile of a pimp and the recruitment process
  • Identifying/Locating

 

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Interviewing Adolescent High Risk Victims

Module Description
One of the most important tools available to an investigator is the child victim interview which is the foundation of the investigation. Of these interviews, the most difficult and challenging is the adolescent, non-compliant victim interview. This module will highlight distinctions/differences between the traditional outcry based Forensic Interview and the Incident/Event based interview of the High Risk Victim.  During this module,  participants will be provided with information regarding how to effectively interview the identified High Risk Victim. Participants will be provided with information regarding the unique dynamics and challenges surrounding the recovered High Risk Victim interview, and the barriers that prevent their full and complete disclosure of abuse and exploitation. Participants will be shown the steps to ensure the highest potential for a successful High Risk Victim Interview. Additionally, participants will be given tips on how to compartmentalize all victimization that High Risk Victims may disclose.

12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break.  Lunch will NOT be provided.

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Investigative/Intervention Strategies/Techniques -- “Making the Child's
Statement Real” -- Case Studies

Module Description
Participants will learn how these investigations and intervention differentiate from traditional child sexual abuse investigations, how to identify investigative challenges/issues related to these cases, and overcome these challenges through nontraditional proactive investigative techniques. Investigative techniques/strategies will be given to corroborate the investigation – “Making the Child’s Statement Real.” Case study examples will be utilized to illustrate where mistakes were made and successful investigative techniques worked.

  • Investigative Challenges/Issues
  • Types of Investigations
  • Changing Investigative Models/Techniques
  • Corroborating the Investigation