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September 21-22, 2020

ICESAHT Annual Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking Conference – GOING VIRTUAL & FREE!

What to Expect

The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking is proud to announce the details of our fourth annual statewide conference! This conference, focusing on sexual violence and human trafficking prevention and response efforts across the Hoosier State, will take place September 21-22, 2020. This year’s theme is “Moving Forward.” This valuable learning and networking opportunity is open to advocates, social workers, therapists, law enforcement, legal professionals, sexual assault nurse examiners, campus professionals, researchers, educators, graduate students, undergraduate students, and members of the public interested in learning more about these efforts. This high-quality, two-day event will feature nationally recognized keynote speaker Cyntoia Brown Long.

The Sessions

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When Victims Get Prosecuted

During this workshop, we intend to explain Indiana’s vacatur statute, the “trafficked person” defense it creates, the concept of trauma-informed representation, and the unique challenges with representing adults and juveniles.

Civil Justice: The Other Side of Sexual Abuse Litigation

Presenters will discuss institutional cases including churches, organizations, and schools as well as how individual cases have evolved over the past few decades. Attendees will learn how civil cases differ from criminal cases and how civil litigation can lead to compensation for survivors of sexual abuse.

Sexual Assault Response: Protecting the Victim and the Investigation

Law Enforcement is trained to focus on protecting the integrity of the case and its evidence and operate as an impartial fact finder. However, very unintentionally we fail to consider important factors pertaining to the victim, their emotional, mental and physical state, and their ability to recall the assault with a “traditional police interview” and/or on-scene statement. These deficits in our on-scene response and interview techniques seriously affect the identification, documentation and collection of evidence pertaining to the case, the quality of the investigation in totality, and ultimately, the victim being subjected to further harm and trauma.

SART – The Next Chapter

Attendees will be introduced to the newest super hero of the SART Team, the Community Hero! By introducing the community element, SART Teams across the country will be able to further reach their communities and take a more advanced stance in fighting sexual violence.

Start by Believing: The Power of a Survivor-Centered Process

A 30-minute documentary uses Brie Sivy’s journey from victim, to survivor, to aspiring social worker to illustrate how the Ohio University Police Department works to empower survivors throughout their sexual assault investigations. Learn how police can empower survivors throughout the sexual assault investigation process and witness the positive impact possible when police and advocacy work together with a common goal.

Sexual Assault Response: Protecting the Victim and the Investigation - PART 2

Law Enforcement is trained to focus on protecting the integrity of the case and its evidence and operate as an impartial fact finder. However, very unintentionally we fail to consider important factors pertaining to the victim, their emotional, mental and physical state, and their ability to recall the assault with a “traditional police interview” and/or on-scene statement. These deficits in our on-scene response and interview techniques seriously affect the identification, documentation and collection of evidence pertaining to the case, the quality of the investigation in totality, and ultimately, the victim being subjected to further harm and trauma.

2020 CONFERENCE AGENDA

September 21, 2020

Opening Remarks: 9:15am – 9:30am

Keynote Speaker

Cyntoia Brown Long

9:30am – 10:30am

Break: 10:30am – 10:45am

Cyntoia Brown Long Q+A

10:45am – 11:45am

Lunch: 11:45am – 12:45pm

Breakout Session I

When Victims Get Prosecuted 

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Break: 2:00pm – 2:15pm

Breakout Session II

SART – The Next Chapter

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Break: 3:15 – 3:30pm

Breakout Session III

Sexual Assault Response: Protecting the Victim and the Investigation I

3:30 – 5:00pm

End of day remarks: 5:00 – 5:10pm

September 22, 2020

Opening Remarks: 9:00am – 9:15am

Breakout Session IV

Sexual Assault Response: Protecting the Victim and the Investigation II

9:15am – 10:30am

Break: 10:30am – 10:45am

Breakout Session V

Start by Believing: The Power of a Survivor-Centered Process

10:45am – 11:45am

Lunch: 11:45am – 12:45pm 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Break: 2:00pm – 2:15pm

Breakout Session VI

Civil Justice: The Other Side of Sexual Abuse Litigation

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Break: 3:15pm – 3:30pm

Social Service Awards

3:30pm – 3:45pm

Closing remarks

3:45pm-4:00pm

2021 Conference Date Announcement 

2020 ICESAHT STATEWIDE SEXUAL ASSAULT CONFERENCE OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS.

We are currently accepting nominations for service providers who have shown exemplary commitment to ending sexual violence and human trafficking and best use of social media to provide outreach, engagement, and/or support victims/survivors during COVID-19. Nominees should be leaders (with or without formal titles) in their disciplines. They should “walk the walk” when it comes to providing compassionate, evidence-based and trauma-informed service to victims and survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking as well as within their spheres of influence. Nominations will close at 5:00pm on Friday August 14th.

Our Speakers

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Cyntoia Brown​

Cyntoia had a difficult start to life. She was born to an alcoholic, teenage mother who was also a victim of sex trafficking.  Cyntoia experienced a sense of isolation, low self-esteem, and alienation that drove her straight into the hands of a predator. Cyntoia became a victim of sex trafficking and at the age of 16 was arrested for killing a man who had solicited her for sex. She was tried as an adult and was sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for 51 years. In prison, Cyntoia’s life took a dramatic turn when the prison education principal took her under her wing and introduced her to a spiritual path. She encouraged her to build a positive life in prison and to resist the negative influences that lead to despair.

Cara Schaefer Wieneke

Cara handles direct appeals and post-conviction relief cases from all around the state. She graduated summa cum laude from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and began her legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Margret G. Robb of the Court of Appeals of Indiana. After working as a deputy state public defender, she opened her own firm. She has handled over 150 direct and post-conviction appeals and has participated in numerous oral arguments before both the Indiana Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. She authored a handbook on sex offender registration issues and is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Scribes – The American Society of Legal Writers.

Matthew Austin

Mathew Austin is a Special Agent (SA) with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and is assigned to the crime scene unit. SA Austin has publications in Leisure Studies, The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership and the Journal of Experiential Education. SA Austin won OUPD’s Community Service award in 2017 and the Employee of the Year for 2018. SA Austin and Brie Sivy were awarded the Law Enforcement and Survivor Special Courage Award at the 2018 Ohio Crime Victim’s Justice Center’s Models of Justice Awards Celebration. Along with Brie Sivy and Kim Castor, SA Austin spoke at the 2019 End Violence Against Women International conference and will be returning for a second year in April of 2020.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis

Thema Bryant-Davis is a licensed psychologist, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, and director of the Culture and Trauma research lab. She is a past psychology representative to the United Nations and a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women. Dr. Bryant-Davis has published and presented on the societal trauma of racism and anti-racism therapy. She is author of the book Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A multicultural guide and co-editor of the book Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies. The California Psychological Association honored Dr. Bryant-Davis as Distinguished Scholar of the Year.

Joel Wieneke​

Joel is a senior staff attorney with the Indiana Public Defender Council, certified Juvenile Training Immersion Program Trainer, and graduate of the National Juvenile Defender Council’s Summer Academy. He is the 2018 recipient of the Viola Taliaferro Award of the Indiana State Bar Association and the 2019 recipient of the IPDC’s distinguished Gault Award. He is a former law clerk to the Honorable Patricia A. Riley of the Court of Appeals of Indiana, former president of the Putnam County Bar Association, and former board member of the IPDC. He lives in Morgan County with his wife and two boys.

Kenny Smith

Kenny Smith began his law enforcement career in 1997 as a correctional officer, where he served for eight years. He went on to become a patrol officer, detective, Captain, and Jail Administrator. After retiring in December of 2018, Kenny began working full-time for the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault as their Law Enforcement Training Director, and as the state CoSAR Program Director. In addition, he travels the state developing and overseeing CoSAR (Council on Sexual Assault Response) programs. Working together, the CoSAR program provides best practices protocols and community education that helps provide for a better, and a safer community.

Lisa Manning

Lisa provides indigent legal services in Hendricks County and around the state. Before her current position, Lisa served as the Family Violence Resource Attorney with the Indiana Supreme Court and was the single point of contact for the judiciary in the area of human trafficking. She served for two years on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children subcommittee to the Commission on Improving the Status of Children. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice from Indiana University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana University. She resides in Lizton with her husband and two children.

Captain Jennifer Barrett

Captain Jennifer Barrett is employed by the Brownsburg Police Department in Brownsburg, Indiana, as a Law Enforcement Officer. Barrett is the Investigations Division Commander with the Brownsburg Police Department and a Task Force Officer with Violent Crimes Against Children (VCAC), Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking squad at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Barrett is a member of the Executive Staff at the Brownsburg Police Department and serves as their Public Information Officer and an Internal Affairs Investigator with a certification as a Force Science Analyst. She is a certified Instructor in the areas of Crimes Against Women and Children and holds many certifications related to investigations that include Child Forensic Interviewer, Sex Offender Interview Specialist, Kinesic Interviewer, and Cognitive Interviewer.

Shaunestte Terrell

Shaunestte Terrell is an attorney and member of the Sexual Abuse Litigation Team at Cohen & Malad, LLP. Shaunestte brings years of experience prosecuting crimes of rape, child molest, child abuse, human trafficking, and other crimes against protected persons. As the sole Deputy Prosecuting Attorney handling sex trafficking in Indianapolis, Shaunestte frequently participated in undercover investigations and prostitution ring busts, which she then prosecuted in state court or referred to the United States Attorney’s Office where she served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney. Considered the subject matter expert in sexual assault and domestic violence for Indiana’s 91 elected Prosecuting Attorneys, Shaunestte developed state-wide prosecutor-based preventive law programs and developed curriculums for trial advocacy and substantive courses specific to these subject matters. Shaunestte served as Chairperson of the Indiana Sexual Assault Response Team Advisory Council where she led the effort to implement a statewide sexual assault kit tracking system, Chairperson of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence Prevention & Treatment, on the Indiana Supreme Court’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council, and the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans Task Force, amongst others.

Brie Sivy

Brie is a senior at Ohio University. Brie was sexually assaulted in October of 2016, during her first semester of college. Early in the legal process, she became compelled to push through a lengthy investigative and prosecution process for herself and other survivors who may not have gotten the “justice” they wanted from the legal system. She has spoken to SAFE/SANE nurses in training in June of 2018 about her experience with a forensic sexual assault nurse. Brie has been actively working on Ohio University’s campus to improve the responses people get when they disclose an assault. She was awarded the Model of Justice 2018 Special Courage Award and the Ohio University Community Service award in 2017. Along with Mathew Austin and Kimberly Castor, Brie spoke at the 2019 End Violence Against Women International conference and will be returning for a second year in April of 2020.

Kim Castor

Kim is the Director of Ohio University’s Survivor Advocacy Program (SAP). In addition to providing support and information to student survivors, she oversees office staff and collaborations with prevention education efforts on campus. In 2016, she was tasked with rebuilding the Survivor Advocacy Program, which led to her being recently awarded a Lasting Action Award from Ohio University’s Women’s Center. She is licensed with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Licensed Independent Social Worker with a supervision credential and has a wide range of experience in counseling, mental health, advocacy and trauma informed care.

Greg L. Laker

Gregory L. Laker is a partner and chair of Cohen & Malad, LLP’s personal injury practice. He has over 30 years of experience helping people in complex personal injury, medical malpractice, and sexual abuse litigation. As a father, he is especially passionate about advocating for children who experience sexual abuse. He has handled cases against schools, churches, major corporations, daycare centers, and individuals involving sexual abuse of children. Greg has also represented victims of various crimes including rape, gun violence and shootings, and dram shop -- or over-serving of alcohol. Greg volunteers his time in the community and is a member of the Riley Society Board for the Riley Hospital for Children. He also volunteers his time and legal advice to various advocacy organizations assisting survivors across Indiana.

Continuing Education:

Behavioral Health Counseling Education Unit (CEUs) – Category 1 – 10.0 hours

Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) – General 6.0 and NLS 4.0

Law Enforcement Training Hours – 10.0 hours

Please direct all questions to ICESAHT’s Training Coordinator – Minette Kamara

Minette@indianacesa.org