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  • October 24, 2019 - Hershey: Executive Director McCormick presented on sexual harassment training for the PACLE Board and CLE providers.
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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

Detective Catherine De La Paz
Dallas Police Department
Child Exploitation Squad

Detective De La Paz graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice before joining the Dallas Police Department.  She is a 23-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, assigned to the High Risk Victims and Trafficking Unit within the Child Exploitation Squad.

During her career, Detective De La Paz has worked as a patrol officer and as a detective in the Narcotics and Internal Affairs Divisions.

Detective De La Paz is now the lead detective of the High Risk Victims and Trafficking Unit or HRVT unit, which specializes in investigations involving the sexual abuse and exploitation of high-risk/chronic runaways, the victimization of children through prostitution and cases involving children who have had repeated reports of victimization. Additionally the HRVT team proactively identifies cases with children who have repeat/multiple runaways in order to identify current or past victimization.

Detective De La Paz specializes in conducting interviews of adolescent children and non-compliant victims who may be deceptive, avoidant and/or tentative in their disclosures. Because of this specialty, Detective De La Paz is often called upon to assist and consult on these interviews and cases, both locally and nationally.  Additionally, Detective De La Paz instructs on the unique interview skills and investigative techniques needed on cases involving children who have been victimized through prostitution.

Detective De La Paz has instructed for the Dallas Police Department Academy, the Tarrant County Regional Police Academy (Fatal Child Abuse and Neglect Program), the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), and for various other agencies and conferences throughout the country. Detective De La Paz has also trained internationally regarding high risk youth/ prostitution interviews and investigations for law enforcement, prosecutors and NGOs from Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Singapore, China, Myanmar, and Singapore.

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