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July 2020

AFN Indianapolis 2020 Regional Conference

July 20, 2020 - July 21, 2020

Join your AFN Colleagues again this year at the Indianapolis 2020 Regional Conference on July 20th & 21st to build upon last year's knowledge base! Enhance your forensic nursing practice and skills over two fast-paced conference days! The forensic nursing topics are multi-faceted – current issues forensic nurses face every day. You will have the opportunity to learn from nationally-recognized speakers, and network with others in the field of forensic nursing.

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August 2020

What’s New in VINE? Webinar

August 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Exciting changes are coming to VINE, America’s leading victim notification network! Join Appriss Insights as we take you on a guided tour of the VINE user experience, highlighting improvements to features, functionality, and navigation for all users. This session will be dynamic and interactive, allowing you to explore VINE and its updated features and how you make a direct impact on this service for victims and survivors.

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Webinar: How Law Enforcement Leaders Can Build a Trauma Informed Response Culture at Their Agency

August 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am UTC+0

Progressive law enforcement agencies are changing the way they investigate sexual assault. Based on neuroscience research into trauma’s effect on the brain, police organizations have begun to adapt their perspectives on rape victims’ behavior and memory following an attack. Are these same agencies ensuring their policies and procedures maintain these changes? Are police executives committed to transforming the culture of their agency? Has the overall culture changed, or will gender biases creep back in, negating the progress they have made? Are the positive changes sustainable?

Our police organization adapted trauma informed practices in 2016. We have been committed to these improvements; however, from top to bottom, we consistently see the “old ways of thinking” and gender bias try to reinsert themselves. This webinar will provide concrete answers to these questions and describe initiatives we have used to sustain our progress. It takes a continuous commitment to change.

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September 2020

Webinar: Sex Crimes Cold Case: Learning From the Ghosts of Investigations Past

September 30, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) was one of the early grantees of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), a program designed to address the nationwide plague of unsubmitted, untested sexual assault kits. JSO used SAKI funds to submit kits for analysis and also to assign advocates, investigators, and prosecutors to pursue investigative leads for previously overlooked cases. One of the outcomes of this initiative was a better understanding of sex crimes investigations – the challenges, shortcomings, and successes. Sergeant DeVevo will discuss the lessons learned, as well as the mistakes, and explore promising practices in cold case investigations.

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October 2020

Webinar: A Survivor Speaks: Recognizing and Responding to Stalking

October 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am MDT

This incredibly unique and nuanced case study and data allows service providers and first responders to hear first-hand how victims navigate the world, the legal system, and build a new life from the devastation that stalking causes, as well as tools to plan for victim safety and hold offenders accountable.

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Webinar: Investigating Stalking Crimes Within Sexual Assault Cases

October 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am MDT

In this session, two veteran law enforcement investigators, Cathy Garcia and Carlton Hershman, will cover the recognition and elements of stalking, focusing on ways to obtain evidence (some non-traditional) while investigating these crimes. They will discuss how to use an array of family and civil court documents and proceedings to enhance investigations.

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The Story Behind Athlete A: The heroes who took down Larry Nassar

October 29, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm MDT

An in-depth discussion with the heroes of the Netflix documentary Athlete A.

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December 2020

Webinar: New Frontiers in Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault by Intoxication

December 9, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am MST

This presentation addresses the issues that investigators, prosecutors, victim advocates, and medical personal often encounter in alcohol facilitated sexual assaults. Investigators and prosecutors face many hurdles, including the consent defense, perceptions about “he said/she said” cases, and victims suffering from memory loss, as well as challenges related to victim shame, embarrassment, and lack of trust in law enforcement.

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Webinar: Documenting Domestic Violence: Considerations When Recommending Tech Tools for Victims

December 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am MST

Technology has increasingly become a necessity for professionals, agencies, and organizations since the pandemic. The speed for which available tools come to market can cause confusion as to which ones should be recommended for victims and survivors to use. We will discuss vast considerations that should be vetted before a product or tool should be recommended. This course will explore the history and governance that oversee victim data, describe the technology types used, look at liabilities faced by the recommending…

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2020 Award Ceremony

December 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MST

Each year we have the honor of recognizing courageous and visionary leaders at our annual conference. Unfortunately, we had to cancel our 2020 conference due to the pandemic, but that means everyone can now join us on December 17th for our 2020 Award Ceremony. The virtual event is free, and guaranteed to be inspiring and engaging. Make a plan to re-energize your spirit. RSVP today to receive a link to the livestream. Click Here to RSVP

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