CSEC Webinar Series - CACs & Federal Partners: Working Together on CSEC Cases
Includes a Live Event on 01/23/2020 at 3:00 PM (EST)
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.