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Most sexually abused boys will never make an outcry during childhood and, even if abuse is discovered, investigators and prosecutors will face barriers that impede their ability to protect these children. This workshop explores the research on the sexual abuse of boys and offers concrete suggestions for conducting forensic interviews with these children, investigating crimes against boys, and presenting these
Corroborative evidence can often be the deciding factor on whether or not a case moves forward for charging. Many cases of abuse and assault often appear to only have the victim and suspect as the “witnesses”. This presentation will explore ways that police and prosecutors can look beyond those two witnesses and identify ways to present compelling, corroborating evidence. Using traditional
Recent high profile cases have highlighted challenges–predictable and less so–to the introduction of visual evidence in court. Taught by a forensic examiner and former prosecutor, this presentation will discuss practical approaches to the introduction of visual evidence in the courtroom with an emphasis on accuracy, admissibility and impact for the jury.
In this workshop, your hosts are a former prosecutor and forensic psychologist, using a game show format to explore and refute common child abuse defenses. Attendees will learn to anticipate defenses in the context of child sexual abuse, online exploitation, and sex trafficking. The workshop will also provide practical investigative and prosecutorial countermeasures to each asserted defense.
The research on female perpetrators of abuse against children has historically been lacking. As more is learned about this unique population of predators, police and prosecutors must develop an increased understanding of the unique dynamics of these crimes. This workshop will examine several issues that surround the investigation and prosecution of female perpetrators.
We know there is no perfect victim. But we also know children in vulnerable situations make a perfect target for predators. This workshop will discuss the issues faced by prosecutors in handling cases where the current charges may be only one of many challenges faced by a child victim.
Many defense attorneys attempt to deflect juror attention away from a child’s allegations of abuse by attacking the manner in which the child was interviewed. The implicit or explicit claim is that the interviewer purposefully or unwittingly planted the allegation of abuse in the child’s mind. Fearful of the anticipated attack on the investigative interview, some prosecutors decline to file
In this workshop, students will learn the keys to a successful cross-examination. They will learn how to prepare and gain a thorough understanding of the case including the evidence to be presented by both sides, drafting cross-examination topics and questions, and understanding the limitations of cross-examination. Finally, students will learn concrete examples of how to box the witness into a
In this workshop, students will learn of common dynamics involved in cases of torture. Using several case examples, students will examine potential defenses and receive concrete trial strategies for overcoming these defenses. When religion is incorporated into these cases, several possible approaches at trial will be discussed.
The workshop offers concrete guidance for forensic interviewers or investigators called on to interview a child who is reluctant or fearful of making a disclosure. The workshop will include research and best practices when interviewing reluctant children. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss concrete solutions that can be used with reluctant children and watch interview video clips.
One of the most critical aspects of a successful trial is the rapport between prosecutor and child. This workshop, presented by a former prosecutor, addresses several hypotheticals, discusses trauma-informed best practices for interacting with abused and neglected children, and reviews courtroom accommodations and trial strategies to support child witnesses.
This workshop provides prosecutors with a comprehensive overview of jury selection purposes and strategies – including pre-voir dire investigative tips, developing an authentic approach to juries, addressing juror myths, building case themes in child abuse cases, gathering sample questions, and closing considerations.
How do you escape traps on cross-examination? How can you avoid them? Can you recover from mistakes in testimony? This workshop will equip MDT members, especially CPS workers and forensic interviewers, with practical tools and tactical insight to succeed in the stressful environment of courtroom testimony. The presentation includes multimedia components and integration of hypotheticals to illustrate principles, and will
Recantation is not a death blow to a prosecution. In fact, many child sexual abuse cases have been won by prosecutors even when the child victim recanted or was nonverbal. Learn the facts about recantation in confirmed cases of child sexual abuse, and develop strategies to prevent recantation, minimize its effects, support victims throughout the judicial process, and succeed at
A former prosecutor provides suggestions and resources equipping forensic interviewers to start and engage in productive conversations with their local prosecutor in advance of trial. This workshop will address effective approaches, courtroom preparation, clarification of witness roles, and critical areas of emphasis.
Learn the key components of cross-examination, including question drafting, impeachment, controlling witnesses, and flexible strategies to expose defendants and adverse witnesses. Presented by a former prosecutor, this workshop goes beyond theory to provide practical approaches and mock examinations for students to swiftly apply in their cases.
This workshop equips prosecutors with strategies to prepare forensic interviewers for trial and maximize the utility and effectiveness of their testimony. Attendees will learn how to construct the direct examination of a forensic interviewer, with an emphasis on forensic interview admissibility considerations and how interviewer testimony sets up the cross-examination of defense experts. The presentation concludes with ten areas for
A basic understanding of digital forensics is critical to a prosecutor’s assessment of evidence, guidance of child exploitation investigations, and courtroom performance. This workshop will define key terms and processes in the field of digital forensics, explore key forensic artifacts, and discuss legal challenges surrounding mobile devices and other evidentiary sources.
This workshop addresses the nuances of child sexual abuse prosecutions through a complex case study. Topics include pretrial motions, preparing a child for courtroom testimony, voir dire, direct and cross-examinations, opening and closing statements, and jury considerations.
This workshop will review tactical and substantive considerations while conducting direct examinations of digital forensic examiners in child exploitation cases. Instruction will include key forensic terms and processes, trial preparation strategies, and jury considerations.
Every child sexual abuse case has corroborating evidence, but often child protection professionals do not fully develop this critical piece. Further, diverse online platforms are now utilized for exploitive purposes, the quantity of child sexual abuse material in existence has skyrocketed, and offender strategies continue to increase in sophistication. This workshop will focus on several underutilized avenues of corroboration, with
This workshop will explore six common defenses in cases involving child sexual abuse material. Instruction will focus on investigative and prosecutorial response to these defenses, as well as contextualizing and/or refuting defense mitigation arguments at sentencing.
This workshop will equip multidisciplinary teams with practical investigative and prosecutorial strategies for technology-facilitated child abuse cases. Topics include systemic best practices for conducting abuse investigations, locating potential sources of corroborative evidence, understanding offender communication strategies, and utilizing hearsay exceptions.
This workshop will review tactical and substantive considerations while conducting cross-examinations of digital forensics defense experts in child exploitation cases. Instruction will include preparation strategies, review of the defense expert’s curriculum vitae, potential lines of questioning, evaluating digital forensics reports, and a live cross-examination demonstration.