Northeast Tribal Summit on Child Victimization
September 7-8, 2016
Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel
Niagara Falls, NY
Seneca Nation of Indians
Native American Children’s Alliance
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York Regional Office
Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center
DAY ONE September 7, 2016
8:00-8:30 REGISTRATION and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:30 Blessing and Opening Remarks Participant Introductions
President’s Office Seneca Nation
Summit Organizing Committee
9:30-10:30 KEYNOTE: Behind the Net: Incorporating Technology Into Your MDT Investigation of Child Abuse.
In this presentation, the audience learns the importance of incorporating digital evidence into a Multi-‐Disciplinary Team (MDT) investigation. The presentation explains the different types of technology currently available. Attendees gain knowledge of specific examples and questions to interject into a forensic interview and learn the steps necessary to secure technological evidence
Justin Fitzsimmons, Program Manager,
High-Tech Training Services Division, SEARCH Group Inc.
10:45-12:00 Technology Facilitated Crimes Against Children: Sexting, Sexploitation and Sextortion
This presentation describes the different characteristics of crimes against children facilitated by technology. It also explores the roles of sexting, sexploitation and sextortion in cyberbullying. In addition, new software applications are being added to mobile phones and tablets daily. This presentation will demonstrate several of the newer applications for mobile devices that are popular for teenagers. Participants will learn about vault applications and the ability to secretly store information.
12:00-1:15 LUNCH Provided (Networking and facilitated debrief of morning sessions)
1:15-2:45 Investigation Workshop: Focusing on the Uniqueness of Investigating Crimes Against Children in Indian Country
This Law Enforcement perspective session is aimed to provide an insight for authorities on understanding and overcoming unique issues, trends, and hardships faced while investigating Crimes against Native Children in Indian Country as well as some of the victim hardships endured from an unprepared jurisdiction. The strategies discussed are geared to enhance a variety of responses to the needs of victims, your case management concepts or protocols, and/or address overcoming of investigative, and enforcement barriers. Discussions address considerations for evaluating revisions, improvements, and amendments to protocols and Law. Collaboratively enhance areas of community concern, enforcement, or advanced strategies such as increasing Indian Child Protection, community reporting, and Investigation tips. It is intended as a motivational and inspirational means to rejuvenate the investigators and team’s passion to provide exceptional and equal services to all the many children whom have suffered injustices by way of systematic mistakes, compassionate fatigue, biases due to misunderstanding of cultural standard, and lack of training due to budget constraints. Focus on enhancing your tool box of resources with minimal expense utilizing tuition free TA, Webinars, and other educational publications available.
Karin Ashby, Independent Contractor
Detective, Tohono O’Odham Nation Police, Sells, Arizona
3:00-4:00 Child Sex Trafficking in Indian Country (Borders/Great Lakes)
This workshop will focus on child sex trafficking in Indian Country examining the unique challenges to identifying and investigating these crimes and providing services to victims
Executive Director, Native American Children’s Alliance
4:00-5:00 Joining Together: Discussion and debriefing of afternoon session. (ALL)
5:30-7:30 Wine and Cheese Networking Reception (ALL are Invited)
Dinner on your own. There are several excellent restaurants within the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel resort complex as well as nearby. Please feel free to enjoy the fun of the casino gaming floor and all the resort has to offer. Of course Niagara Falls, one the most amazing “wonders of the world”, is only a few blocks away (and especially beautiful in the evening). Relax and enjoy!!!
DAY TWO September 8, 2016
8:00-8:30 REGISTRATION and Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:30 KEYNOTE: Working Together to Keep Native Children Safe: Improving Communication and Engagement Between Tribal Leaders and MDTs
There is an innate marker from birth to vocalize and engage with another human being. Communication is a natural instinct that provides a means for reciprocal exchanges. When groups of professionals seek to establish open lines of communication, this is govern by training, discipline, terminology, and culture among other variable. This presentation will provide guidance in what would be necessary elements to create or foster a positive climate for open and reciprocal exchanges with tribally based child serving programs. Both verbal and written patterns of communications will be discussed that honors the status of tribal sovereignty and addresses public safety. An example of the process and dialogue that occurred to establish a tribal-state-federal MOU will be shared on child abuse reporting and investigation.
Dolores Subia Bigfoot, PhD
Director, Native American Division Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
10:45-12:00 WORKSHOP: Cultural Adaptation for Clinical Treatment of Childhood Trauma in Indian Country
The 2014 Attorney General's Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence Report states that every American Indian and Alaska Native child has had some degree of exposure to violence and its ensuing trauma. Treatment for childhood trauma exposure has evolved into a highly effective and skilled based method that results in significant decrease in trauma reactive symptoms while building resilience for future traumatic events. This workshop will present an overview of the cultural adaptation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TFCBT) developed by Mannarino, Dillinger, and Cohen. Honoring Children, Mending the Circle is the preferred treatment method with American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families who have experienced traumatic events. When children have difficulty with affect regulation, cognition distortions, psychosomatic complaints, impacting academic performance or family relations, due to trauma(s) in their lives, TFCBT is recommended. The cultural adaptation of TFCBT, Honoring Children, Mending the Circle will be described and resources on trauma informed care will be available.
12:00-1:15 LUNCH Provided (Networking and facilitated debrief of morning session)
1:15-2:45 Panel Presentation: Issues and Stumbling Blocks We Encounter When Prosecuting Child Abuse Cases in Indian Country and Ways to Overcome
This panel discussion will address issues and concerns during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases in Indian Country. The panel members will address and discuss challenges unique to child abuse investigation, prosecution and service provision in Indian country related to cross jurisdictional issues, cross tribal issues and nation sovereignty. Solution focused discussions related to overcoming obstacles, building bridges and creating memorandums of understanding will be facilitated.
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Richelle Gregory, Clinton County CAC
Jade White, Commissions of Social Services
Beverly Cook, Tribal Chief
Karonienhawi Thompson, Tribal Law Enforcement
Tracy Pacini, Seneca Health Services
Brian Mohr, Erie County Sheriff’s Department
Geri Wisner, Native American Children’s Alliance
3:00-4:00 Victim Advocacy: Understanding and Responding to Tribal Youth Victimization
The multiplicity of laws and policies that apply to working with minor victims is confusing and can even seem contradictory. Issues such as consent, mandatory reporting, confidentiality, notification, and access to legal remedies can present barriers when serving child and teen victims, and even prevent some service providers from reaching out to teens. In this workshop, we will begin by exploring these laws and policies at the tribal, national and state levels and looking at how victim service agencies typically handle legal issues related to minors. With a review of effective victim advocacy interventions, through multi-disciplinary team involvement; we will strengthen an understanding of organizational roles, advocate interactions develop strategy to identify and fill the gaps in interventions to support young victims of crime
4:00-5:00 Joining Together: Discussion and debrief of afternoon session (ALL)