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  • 2021 RFP Application Process for CAC-Military Partnerships Program

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    NCA Grants 2021 – NCA will administer more than $15 million dollars in federal funding in 2021. Please join us to learn more about the available funding and how to apply.

    NCA Grants 2021 – NCA will administer more than $15 million dollars in federal funding in 2021. Please join us to learn more about the available funding and how to apply.

    Irina Hein

    Director of Grants Management

  • 2021 RFP Application Process for Domestic Trafficking Victims Fund

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    NCA Grants 2021 – NCA will administer more than $15 million dollars in federal funding in 2021. Please join us to learn more about the available funding and how to apply.

    NCA Grants 2021 – NCA will administer more than $15 million dollars in federal funding in 2021. Please join us to learn more about the available funding and how to apply.

    Irina Hein

    Director of Grants Management

  • 2021 RFP Application Process for National Subgrant Program for CACs

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/13/2020

    NCA Grants 2021 – NCA will administer more than $15 million dollars in federal funding in 2021. Please join us to learn more about the available funding and how to apply.

    NCA Grants 2021 – NCA will administer more than $15 million dollars in federal funding in 2021. Please join us to learn more about the available funding and how to apply.

    Irina Hein

    Director of Grants Management

  • 2021 RFP Application Process for National Subgrant Program for Chapters

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/13/2020

    NCA Grants 2021 – NCA will administer more than $15 million dollars in federal funding in 2021. Please join us to learn more about the available funding and how to apply.

    NCA Grants 2021 – NCA will administer more than $15 million dollars in federal funding in 2021. Please join us to learn more about the available funding and how to apply.

    Irina Hein

    Director of Grants Management

  • Accreditation Bootcamp – 2017 EDITION

    Contains 46 Component(s)

    Accreditation Bootcamp is designed to provide an overview of the accreditation process, provide participants with a framework for developing their application, and help them understand what to expect during a site visit.

    Accreditation Bootcamp is designed to provide an overview of the accreditation process, provide participants with a framework for developing their application, and help them understand what to expect during a site visit. 

    Topics to be covered include: history of the accreditation process; NCA accreditation procedures; overview of NCA standards for Accredited Members; putting standards into practice; common challenges centers face in meeting standards; what to do when current practice may not meet the standard; engaging your team in the process and creating a “plan of attack”; preparing your application; and what to expect from a site visit. 

    Accreditation Bootcamp is great resource to share with MDT Partners, new employees, and Board Members. In all honesty is could also be titled, “Understanding the NCA Accreditation Standards!”

  • Considerations for Mental Health Services in Physical Abuse Cases

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/26/2019

    Facilitated by Ann Marie Tucker, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara in New York, our panelists will review the considerations for Mental Health, specifically AF-CBT, that a CAC/MDT should consider when evaluating services to include child physical abuse. The presentation will follow information included in the guide produced by the National Children’s Alliance, entitled, “Child Physical Abuse, a guide to the CAC response.” The presentation will include a combination of description of information in the guide as well as the panelists experience with AF-CBT. There will also be a facilitated time for question and answers related to the material/topic.

    Facilitated by Ann Marie Tucker, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara in New York, our panelists will review the considerations for Mental Health, specifically AF-CBT, that a CAC/MDT should consider when evaluating services to include child physical abuse. The presentation will follow information included in the guide produced by the National Children’s Alliance, entitled, “Child Physical Abuse, a guide to the CAC response.” The presentation will include a combination of description of information in the guide as well as the panelists experience with AF-CBT. There will also be a facilitated time for question and answers related to the material/topic.

    Ann Marie Tucker

    Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara in New York

  • COVID-19 and CACs: Triaging Cases and Planned Shutdowns

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/18/2020

    How should CACs, an essential community service around the nation, respond to the coronavirus outbreak?

    The global and local response to the coronavirus outbreak seems to change daily, and for good reason. How should CACs, an essential community service around the nation, respond? Join NCA and your peers to learn how CACs are responding on the front lines and what it means for you. 

    We'll cover: 

    • Essential vs. non-essential personnel & remote work
    • Case triage
    • Remote service provision
    • Contingency planning and shutdown plans

    Adam Rosenberg

    Executive Director, Baltimore Child Abuse Center

    Char Rivette

    Executive Director, Chicago CAC

    Gene Klein

    Executive Director, Project Harmony

    Teresa Huizar

    Executive Director, NCA

  • COVID-19: How Congress is Responding

    Contains 3 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/23/2020

    This webinar will discuss the legislative action Congress is taking to address COVID-19 and how these bills impact CACs and the families they serve. Two bills have already passed, with a thirds massive stimulus bill scheduled in the near term. Additional legislation will likely be considered in the future.

    This webinar will discuss the legislative action Congress is taking to address COVID-19 and how these bills impact CACs and the families they serve. Two bills have already passed, with a third massive stimulus bill scheduled in the near term. Additional legislation will likely be considered in the future.

    Denise Edwards (Moderator)

    Director of Government Affairs

  • CSE-Response.org - Unifying the Response to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

    Contains 17 Component(s)

    This resource explores the unique needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and what Children’s Advocacy Centers should consider when responding to this population.

    This resource, a collection of resources for community-based agencies and investigators to better serve the complex needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) and was developed in partnership with community leaders and Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) directors. It is a joint project between National Children’s Alliance and the Midwest Regional CAC, supported by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention (OJJDP).

    It is our hope that CAC directors will use the resource, in partnership with their community, to understand and explore the unique needs of child sexual exploitation investigations. The resource features leaders from across the country and from a variety of disciplines and includes a video series on a variety of topics including; the role of an MDT in responding to child sexual exploitation cases (CSEC), victim identification, legal considerations; resources to respond to the needs of exploited children and their caregivers; and features of promising programs to help victimized children in place at Children's Advocacy Centers. The resource also includes articles, fact sheets, and protocol examples related to responding to child sexual exploitation in your community.

    Acknowledgements

    Our sincere thanks goes to the following individuals:

    Laurel D Edinburgh, APRN, CNP, is the Associate Clinical Director at the Midwest Children’s Resource Center. For a decade, Laurel has created and refined assessment protocols to identify sexually abused runaways. She founded and now directs the Runaway Intervention Program. Since RIP’s inception, Laurel has been involved in multiple research projects and have published and presented the programs short-term outcomes. She also served as a co-investigator for SARYVC an international research project examining risk, resiliency, and stigma in sexually abused teens.

    Kelly Kinnish, Ph.D.,is the Clinical Director at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, a Child Advocacy Center serving sexually abused and traumatized youth in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been with the Georgia Center since 2007 and has over 20 years working with maltreated and a-risk youth in research, clinical, and administrative capacities. Dr. Kinnish is also the Director of Project Intersect, a SAMHSA-funded initiative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The focus of Project Intersect is the implementation of trauma-focused evidence-based practices to meet the complex mental health needs of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. Project Intersect provides clinical services to CSEC-identified clients at the Georgia Center and also supports the training of a network of providers throughout the state of Georgia to serve commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents utilizing trauma-focused evidence-based practices. She received her PhD in Psychology (Clinical-Child), from the University of Utah and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Miami (FL).

    Susan Goldfarb, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. is the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) in Boston, MA.   In 2004, the CAC initiated the Suffolk County Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition, a multidisciplinary collaboration with the goals of improving services and safety for commercially exploited youth and increasing accountability of the adults who exploit them.  SEEN has developed “Responding to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC): Guidelines for a Multidisciplinary Intervention” and has identified and assisted over 1000 exploited and high risk youth in the Greater Boston community.  In 2011, together with the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, SEEN spearheaded Safe Harbor legislation in Massachusetts to ensure that child victims of commercial sexual exploitation receive services and are not treated as criminals. Susan received a BS in Psychology from Brown University, and MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work.   She serves as Chair of the Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition.

    Trudy Novicki, became the Executive Director of Kristi House, Inc. in February 2003.  Before joining Kristi House, Trudy was a Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office.  She began her employment with the State Attorney in 1978 after graduating from Vanderbilt Law School.  During her years as a prosecutor Trudy specialized in complex litigation.  As Chief Assistant, she supervised the Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit, the Forensic Interview Unit, and served on various boards relating to child abuse, including the Interagency Task Force for Sexually Abused Children, the Florida Committee for the Establishment of a Sexual Predator Protocol Handbook, and the Kristi House Advisory Board.  She has served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Miami Law School since 1989 and is a faculty member of Florida International University. Trudy, mother of five children, was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Dawn Thompson, MA, has been an Educator with special needs populations and has worked for Kristi House, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Miami Dade County for 16 years and is currently the Assistant Executive Director. She has designed programs and develops presentations on topics of Sexual Abuse, Reporting, Boundary Safety, Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Harassment, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and more recently Children and Traumatic Stress. Currently the program provides presentations to thousands of Miami Dade students, parents and community agencies annually. In addition to her Education and Outreach work she has guided the agency through accreditation, expansion of therapeutic and case management services, quality assurance and supervises Staff training and the Volunteer Program.

    John Pizzuro, MA, is a Lt. in the New Jersey State Police, and is the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Commander for the State of New Jersey. his 22 years of experience in the New Jersey State Police has provided him with a unique perspective on human behavior, and a deep understanding of the pressure that is experienced by law enforcement, their families and the public.

    Becky League, is the Executive Director of the Family & Children’s Place Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center in Louisville, KY and the Family & the Family & Children’s Place Child Advocacy Center in New Albany, IN and a satellite CAC in Jeffersonville, IN.  Becky has been a forensic interviewer for 11 years with over 4,500 interviews conducted in all arenas and has provided expert testimony across various court jurisdictions. She is a licensed clinical social worker in KY and IN since 2008 and has provided mental health crisis work with homicidal/social youth and youth at risk of hospitalization and of losing placements, sexually reactive children, and trauma focused work with youth and their families, and other youth related mental health issues.   Becky has worked with MDT’s for 11 years and is involved in the work of sexually exploited children by serving on various local and state task force groups and committees.

    Disclosure Statement

    It is our intent that any potential conflict should be identified openly so that the listeners may form their own judgments about the presentation with the full disclosure of the facts. It is not assumed any potential conflicts will have an adverse impact on these presentations. It remains for the audience to determine whether the speaker’s outside interest may reflect a possible bias, either the exposition or the conclusions presented.

    Planning committee members and presenter(s) have disclosed they have no significant financial relationship with a pharmaceutical company and have disclosed that no conflict of interest exists with the presentation/educational event.

    Points of view or opinions expressed in this course are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of OJJDP or the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Becky League

    Becky League is the Family & Children’s Place Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center in Louisville, KY and the Family & the Family & Children’s Place Child Advocacy Center in New Albany, IN and a satellite CAC in Jeffersonville, IN.  Becky has been a forensic interviewer for 11 years with over 4,500 interviews conducted in all arenas and has provided expert testimony across various court jurisdictions. She is a licensed clinical social worker in KY and IN since 2008 and has provided mental health crisis work with homicidal/social youth and youth at risk of hospitalization and of losing placements, sexually reactive children, and trauma focused work with youth and their families, and other youth related mental health issues.   Becky has worked with MDT’s for 11 years and is involved in the work of sexually exploited children by serving on various local and state task force groups and committees.

    Dawn Thompson

    Dawn Thompson, has been an Educator with special needs populations and has worked for Kristi House, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Miami Dade County for 16 years and is currently the Assistant Executive Director. She has designed programs and develops presentations on topics of Sexual Abuse, Reporting, Boundary Safety, Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Harassment, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and more recently Children and Traumatic Stress. Currently the program provides presentations to thousands of Miami Dade students, parents and community agencies annually. In addition to her Education and Outreach work she has guided the agency through accreditation, expansion of therapeutic and case management services, quality assurance and supervises Staff training and the Volunteer Program.

    John Pizzuro

    Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

    John Pizzuro has 24 years, experience from the New Jersey State Police and in that role is The Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition, to running a task force and overseeing 70 affiliate law enforcement agencies. John Pizzuro has successfully investigated, managed and supervised; Internet Crimes against Children, child exploitation, fraud involving non-profit and financial institutions, bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, organized crime, racketeering, homicide, terrorism, international narcotics and human trafficking.

    As a result this extensive investigative experience has provided him with a unique perspective on human behavior, and a deep understanding of the pressure that is experienced by law enforcement, their families and the public. 

    John Pizzuro is certified as a Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and has an M.A. in Human Resource Development and Training. He frequently speaks to organizations and audiences on the stress that impacts the law enforcement community. John Pizzuro teaches about personal development, leadership, technology, communication and high impact performance. He inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences to transform their lives by altering their thinking.

    Susan Goldfarb, M.S.W., LI.C.S.W.

    Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC)

    Susan Goldfarb, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. is the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County (CAC) in Boston, MA. In 2004, the CAC initiated the Suffolk County Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition, a multidisciplinary collaboration with the goals of improving services and safety for commercially exploited youth and increasing accountability of the adults who exploit them. SEEN has developed “Responding to Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC): Guidelines for a Multidisciplinary Intervention” and has identified and assisted over 1000 exploited and high risk youth in the Greater Boston community. In 2011, together with the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, SEEN spearheaded Safe Harbor legislation in Massachusetts to ensure that child victims of commercial sexual exploitation receive services and are not treated as criminals. The Safe Harbor provisions were included in Massachusetts’ human trafficking law enacted in February 2012. SEEN is included in the Administration for Children & Families list of emerging practices to protect exploited youth, the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare’s first list of programs serving this population and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality’s report, Blueprint: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Sex Trafficking of Girls. In 2014, SEEN, in partnership with the My Life My Choice Program @ JRI and the MA Department of Children and Families, was awarded a five-year HHS grant which includes providing training and technical assistance to support CACs across Massachusetts in developing CSEC MDTs.

    Ms. Goldfarb received a BS in psychology from Brown University, and MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work. She has been a licensed independent clinical social worker since 1988. She was chair of the Minor Victims of Sex Trafficking Implementation Committee of the MA Interagency Human Trafficking Task Force and serves as Chair of the Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN) Coalition.

    Trudy Novicki

    Trudy Novicki, became the Executive Director of Kristi House, Inc. in February 2003. Before joining Kristi House, Trudy was a Chief Assistant State Attorney for the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office. She began her employment with the State Attorney in 1978 after graduating from Vanderbilt Law School. During her years as a prosecutor Trudy specialized in complex litigation. As Chief Assistant, she supervised the Sexual Battery/Child Abuse Unit, the Forensic Interview Unit, and served on various boards relating to child abuse, including the Interagency Task Force for Sexually Abused Children, the Florida Committee for the Establishment of a Sexual Predator Protocol Handbook, and the Kristi House Advisory Board. She has served on the adjunct faculty of the University of Miami Law School since 1989 and is a faculty member of Florida International University. Trudy, mother of five children, was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Emerging Issues & Trends CSEC Webinar Series

    Contains 9 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/29/2020

    New from the National Children’s Alliance Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Collaborative Work Group (CSEC CWG): a series of webinars about emerging issues and trends in cases involving child pornography and sexual images of children. This series is designed to help Children’s Advocacy Centers and their multidisciplinary team partners

    New from the National Children’s Alliance Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Collaborative Work Group (CSEC CWG): a series of webinars about emerging issues and trends in cases involving child pornography and sexual images of children. This series is designed to help Children’s Advocacy Centers and their multidisciplinary team partners

    Alexandra “Ale” Levi

    Forensic Interview Specialist, Homeland Security Investigations

    Ale Levi is the lead Forensic Interview Specialist (FIS), for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and has conducted well over 5000 victim interviews.   Ms. Levi is an LCSW and holds her Masters in Social Work and Forensic Psychology. She has worked in the area of child abuse/exploitation since 1998.  In 2009, Ms. Levi became the first FIS for HSI and established guidelines and protocols for the HSI Forensic Interview Program.  She works with all victims of crime, focusing on child exploitation; cyber and technology facilitate crimes, human trafficking and transnational sex offender cases.  Ms. Levi’s travels both domestically and internationally conducting forensic interviews and trainings in English and Spanish.  In addition Ms. Levi is an associate with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College.  

    Beth Bouchard

    SEEN Program Manager, Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County

    Beth Bouchard is the Associate Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County in Boston, MA. As Program Manager of the CAC’s Support to End Exploitation Now program, Beth has coordinated a collaborative, interagency response for over 700 at-risk and commercially sexually exploited youth.  Working daily with law enforcement, the Office of the Suffolk County District Attorney, the MA Department of Children and Families, juvenile justice providers, and community partners, SEEN navigates state and local systems to ensure each child referred receives a coordinated multidisciplinary intervention. Beth provides training and outreach, case consultation, and supports SEEN’s data collection efforts. Her professional background includes advocacy, project management, and coordination of victims’ services for adult and child survivors of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and human trafficking, as well as undocumented youth and refugee minors.

    Donna Mixner

    Victim Specialist, FBI

    Donna Mixner, is a native of North Carolina.  She earned her B.S. in Social Work and Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts, Education Counseling degree,  from East Carolina University.  She has also earned a Masters of Criminal Justice, from Boston University.   She is dually licensed, as a Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has been working in direct victim services for more than 20 years.  She began her career in Victim Services at the Counseling Center, Camp LeJeune, NC, as a Victim Advocate in the Family Assistance Program, working closely with CID and NCIS.  She came to the Richmond Division of the FBI in 2004, where she works with victims of any federal crime.   She has extensive experience working violent crimes against children, human trafficking, bank robberies, and complex financial crimes.  She also is a member of the FBI Victim Services Response Team, and has responded to multiple mass casualty events.

    John Pizzuro

    Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

    John Pizzuro has 24 years, experience from the New Jersey State Police and in that role is The Commander of the New Jersey Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition, to running a task force and overseeing 70 affiliate law enforcement agencies. John Pizzuro has successfully investigated, managed and supervised; Internet Crimes against Children, child exploitation, fraud involving non-profit and financial institutions, bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax evasion, organized crime, racketeering, homicide, terrorism, international narcotics and human trafficking.

    As a result this extensive investigative experience has provided him with a unique perspective on human behavior, and a deep understanding of the pressure that is experienced by law enforcement, their families and the public. 

    John Pizzuro is certified as a Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and has an M.A. in Human Resource Development and Training. He frequently speaks to organizations and audiences on the stress that impacts the law enforcement community. John Pizzuro teaches about personal development, leadership, technology, communication and high impact performance. He inspires, motivates, and empowers audiences to transform their lives by altering their thinking.

    Martha Finnegan

    Forensic Interview Specialist, FBI

    Martha J. Finnegan is a Supervisory Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer (CAFI) for the FBI’s Victim Services Division.  As a CAFI, Ms. Finnegan conducts victim interviews and/or helps agents locate qualified interviewers in their area.  Types of violations where Ms. Finnegan’s interviewing skills are utilized include, but are not limited to, cyber exploitation, human trafficking, abduction, and mass casualty events/terrorism cases. Ms. Finnegan is also available to provide expert testimony, technical assistance and training to FBI personnel, U.S. Attorneys, and other federal, state local, and international agencies in the areas of forensic interviewing of victims of abuse and exploitation.

    Before coming to the FBI, Ms. Finnegan worked at Children’s Hospital Center for Child Protection in San Diego, CA and at APRI’s National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse.

    Ms. Finnegan has published an article entitled Creating and Administering a Kids Court Program and is co-author of an article entitled The Use of Anatomical Diagrams in Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Interviews. She also authored a guide for FBI agents entitled Investigative Interviews of Adolescent Victims and co-authored an article entitled Interviewing Compliant Adolescent Victims. Ms. Finnegan also co-authored an article on presenting evidence in forensic interviews entitled A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Incorporating Child Pornography Images in the Forensic Interview.

    Michele Mullen

    Training Specialist, Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center

    Michele Mullen, LCSW is a Training Specialist with the Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. Michele provides training and technical assistance to developing and established CACs and MDTs in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Michele joined NRCAC in September 2014 after 17 years with Norfolk Advocates for Children, a child advocacy center in partnership with the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. In addition to CSEC Training, Michele provides training on Multidisciplinary Team Development, Victim Advocacy, Vicarious Trauma, and National Children's Alliance Standards for Accreditation.