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Child Abuse
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NCPCA created this Online Learning Center for prosecutors. The center houses free online trainings regarding the best practices and procedures used in investigating and prosecuting child abuse cases. Currently, the center houses trainings on preparing children for court, digital evidence, corroborating evidence, the link between child abuse and animal abuse, and domestic minor sex trafficking. Soon new trainings in the form of audio podcasts, full length courses, and webinars will also be available.

Corroborating Abuse in a Child Molestation Case

Corroborating Child Abuse discusses preliminary steps to take when approaching a crime scene involving child abuse. It provides insight into evidence collection and potential pitfalls in crime scene investigation and later prosecution.
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Cross Examining the Defense Expert in Technology Facilitated Cases

Tips and techniques for cross examining a digital forensic examiner.
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Real and Demonstrative Evidence

Real and Demonstrative Evidence covers using adult learning principals, demonstrative evidence, and digital evidence to present compelling facts to the jury. It discusses real and demonstrative exhibits from child sexual assault, burns, and abusive head trauma cases
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Children's Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence

Children's Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence covers prosecutorial responses to children living in homes where one or both adults use violence to exhibit power and control over the other.
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The Link between Child Abuse and Animal Abuse

The Link explains the research and theory on the linkage between those who are violent to animals and people. Strategies to investigate and prosecute animal abuse cases and practical tips on how to help abused families with pets are also discussed.
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When the Abuse of Animals Co-Occurs With Child Abuse

Children who witness harm to a companion animal may engage in aggressive behavior toward people and animals. Over 72 million American homes (63 percent) have a companion animal, making it important for child protection professionals to recognize that animal abuse is often a symptom of other violence in the home and that animals may be targeted to gain the silence and compliance of child victims. This Webinar will delve into the latest research and theories on this topic; discuss strategies for intervention, including successful multi-disciplinary team responses, talking with children about their experiences with animals, inclusion of animal-assisted activities to help maltreated children who have witnessed animal abuse, and programs to assist families with companion animals flee abusive homes and find safety, including Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T)™, a global initiative; and investigation and prosecution strategies. (No photos of abused animals will be shown in this presentation.)

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Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) discusses how children become victims of DMST, how to identify and speak to those adolescents who maybe potential victims.
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Child Witnesses in Court
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Preparing Children for Court

Attorneys Christen Krzywonski and Gabriela Manero discuss the following: (1) how to handle the initial meeting with the child; (2) what measures to take during the second preparatory meeting with the child; and (3) other preparatory considerations such special questioning techniques to use when a child is on the stand;(4) situations where the use of CCTV is most appropriate for children.
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Interactive Game to Assist Children to Understand the Courtroom Process

Why CCTV is Legal – Part 1

Attorneys Dermot Garrett and Ann Ratnayake discuss the following: (1) how using CCTV to facilitate child testimony affects a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to confrontation; (2) the differences between one-way CCTV and two-way CCTV; and (3) whether the standard articulated in Maryland v. Craig applies to two-way CCTV.
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Why CCTV is Legal – Part 2

Attorneys Dermot Garrett and Mary Ahan discuss the following: (1) standards applicable to requesting the use of CCTV to facilitate child testimony; (2) criteria for allowing CCTV; and (3) rebutting Confrontation Clause arguments made by the defense.
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Expert Testimony as Predictive Evidence

Attorneys Ann Ratnayake and Dermot Garrett discuss the following: (1) how to assess trauma in a child when determining whether CCTV is necessary; (2) the necessity of expert testimony to support a motion to use CCTV; and (3) preparing an expert psychologist to testify on behalf of the motion.
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How to Effectively Use CCTV

Attorneys Mary Ahan and Christen Krzywonski discuss the following: (1) the necessary components of a motion requesting the use of CCTV; (2) the benefits and detriments of using CCTV to facilitate child witness testimony; and (3) a checklist of steps to take in order to effectively use CCTV.
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Using Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) to Facilitate Child Testimony

Alternatives to Closed Circuit Television

Attorneys Mary Ahan and Christen Krzywonski discuss the legal basis for the following alternatives to using CCTV: (1) videotaping the testimony; (2) using a therapy canine to comfort the child while he or she is testifying; (2) allowing the child to take a comfort item to the stand when testifying; (3) having a support person for the child when he or she is testifying; and (4) other special accommodations a prosecutor can make such as modifying the courtroom to make the child more comfortable.
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Therapy Animals In Court

When a child has been maltreated, disclosing to a stranger can be difficult and testifying in court can be traumatic. When trained therapy animals are incorporated into the process, children feel safe and more comfortable to speak about their experiences. This webinar will detail partnering with animal-assisted therapy teams, starting a therapy animal program, and dos and don’ts for incorporating therapy animals as greeters, in forensic interviews, medical exams, therapy, court preparation; and courtroom testimony. Legal objections and suggested responses will also be presented.
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How Therapy Animal Programs Can Help Maltreated Children

When a child has been maltreated, self-disclosing with an adult about the experience can be difficult, and testifying in court can be traumatic. When trained therapy animals are incorporated into the process, children feel safe and more comfortable speaking about their experiences. Not all programs are the same, however, and guidelines are needed for the safety of the children, therapy animal, and staff. Allie Phillips, co-creator of the Therapy Animals Supporting Kids (TASK)™ Program, discusses how to work with volunteer handler/animal therapy teams. Topics include mitigating risks; incorporating therapy animals as greeters at child advocacy centers, police stations, prosecutors’ offices, and court houses; and use of therapy animals during forensic interviews, medical/SANE examinations, group and individual therapy, court preparation, and courtroom testimony. The presentation also features examples of children’s advocacy centers with successful programs.

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Digital Evidence
Digital Evidence in the Context of Child Sexual Exploitation Online.
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Digital Evidence: How a Digital Device Stores Information

With digital evidence becoming increasingly important in the courtroom, it is imperative that prosecutors understand how a computer stores, organizes, and retrieves information. This session details how a computer stores information, where evidence is likely to be found, the levels of forensic examinations available, and how forensic examinations are conducted.
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Tracking Criminals: Using an IP Address to Find a Physical Address

In today’s world, most people are not anonymous on the Internet. This session discusses how the Internet works, and describes the companies that control access to the Internet (Internet service providers [ISPs]).
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Securing Evidence from the Cloud: Federal Privacy Statutes

More and more information today is being stored in the cloud, or in other words, on servers from ISPs. This module reviews the federal legal statutes that control this flow of information from the cloud. The module details the types of information that ISPs retain and informs participants about the necessary legal process in order to get this information.
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Applying the 4th Amendment to Digital Devices

The Fourth Amendment’s reasonable expectation of privacy does apply to digital devices. This module discusses the level of privacy in computers and other digital devices.
Update in Light of United States v. Jones (2012)

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Drafting Search Warrants and Affidavits

The admissibility of digital evidence is often challenged in court. The key to overcoming these defense attacks is by drafting a thorough warrant. This module discusses evidence-based practices for writing an affidavit and search warrant and also provides model language.
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Digital Devices

Technology is ever changing. Crimes scenes in the 21st century almost always have some type of technological component. This module details several different types of technology that currently exist.
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Investigating Child Sexual Exploitation Online


The Authors of the above Online Courses, Ann Ratnayake J.D., and Justin Fitzsimmons J.D., Give Special Thanks to Marty Purselley of the Tarrant County DA’s Office for His Valuable Input.

 

Male Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse

Giving Voice to the Last Silent Victims

 
Male survivors of child sexual abuse are among the most underserved of all victim populations. Although as many as 1 in 6 boys may experience sexual abuse, the vast majority never reveal their abuse in time to seek a criminal justice response, and many go through adulthood without seeking counseling or assistance. Many are also burdened by myths, cultural limitations, expectations about masculinity, and other issues that keep them from seeking help. Working with male victims of sexual abuse at any age requires a thorough understanding of these dynamics so communication can proceed, healing can take place, and when possible, justice can be sought through either the civil or criminal process. This Webinar will address common dynamics associated with male victimization, common tactics that predators use against boys, and how these issues can be overcome.

 

 

 

 

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
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Continuing Legal Education Credits 
After the live webinar, you may request a Uniform Certificate of Attendance from NDAA that you can submit to your state bar for continuing legal education credits. You must be on the webinar for the full hour and must have your browser open to only the webinar (you cannot have any other screen open, including a screen to take notes) or we cannot verify your participation. Upon request, NDAA will verify your participation and send you the appropriate forms.

Witness Indimidation Webinar

Working with Informants

Community Prosecution Innovation

The Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media

Current Trends in Gang Prosecution

NCMEC Resources for Child Sex Trafficking Cases

Unfortunately, this webinar contained details that could not be disseminated to the public through recording, because they contained victim/offender case examples. However, the two files placed here contain a summary of the webinar details for practitioners looking for an overview of the webinar. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Child Sex Trafficking Identification Resource

Child Sex Trafficking Case Resources for Law Enforcement

 

 

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