Presenting Evidence in the Forensic Interview - February 2023
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Join FBI Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewers from 12pm-4pm ET for a training on presenting evidence in the forensic interview.
Technology has impacted how children and adolescents are victimized. Research tells us that the use of technology during victimization can decrease the likelihood of victim disclosure. Reluctant children may need more cues, which may mean utilizing evidence in the forensic interview. This training will provide foundational information and address advanced topics in presenting evidence in the forensic interview, with a focus on equipping CACs to provide forensic interviews in FBI cases.
In the first half of this training, participants will participants will learn foundational information on how evidence may be used in a forensic interview, how to present evidence, and gain an understanding of the dynamics of victims of abusive images.
The second half will delve deeper into the components introduced in the first session, addressing advanced topics including highlighting the types of evidence and use of evidence in more complex cases. Participants will be introduced to various types of evidence such as audio clips, subject statements, text messages, and more. Participants will also learn the importance of the pre-interview MDT discussion regarding case and evidence availability and how to utilize evidence in more complex cases such as kidnappings and surreptitious recordings while attending to the needs of the victim.
Participants in the live training will have the opportunity to join the discussion and ask questions. The webinar will be recorded and available to view NCA Engage. This is a repeat of the training that was conducted on December 8, 2022.
Supervisory Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer
FBI Victim Services Division
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.
Heather Kimbell, LCSW
Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer
FBI - Victim Services Division
HeatherKimbell holds a Master of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Workerin the state of Georgia. Heather has been conducting forensic interviews forover 6 years and is currently employed as a Child/Adolescent ForensicInterviewer with the FBI. In addition to conducting forensic interviews,Heather provides consultation and training to law enforcement personnel,community agencies, and various professional groups. Heather came to the FBIfrom a Child Advocacy Center in Georgia where she also provided forensicinterviews and Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Heather also hasa background in hospital social work and has been working in the field oftrauma since 2016.