CSEC Webinar Series - CACs & Federal Partners: Working Together on CSEC Cases
Recorded On: 01/23/2020
This webinar will discuss the collaboration among CACs, FBI and HSI on CSEC cases. The discussion will include: how referrals are made with federal partners and CACs, information sharing, collaboration among victim advocates, successful case examples and challenges faced. The forensic interviewing guidelines will be shared, including the discussion of presenting evidence during interviews. Participants will hear from a CAC serving CSEC victims, FBI forensic interviewer and victim advocate and HSI forensic interviewer.
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.
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.
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.
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.