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California Child Abduction Training Project

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On-Demand Webinars

  • This course will discuss common emotional and behavioral responses to parental abduction, along with trauma informed treatment interventions. Challenges with reintegration will be reviewed.

    You will be sent two separate links after you submit your video request form - one: to the pre-recording of the content and two: the live Q&A Session.

  • The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is the statewide coordinator for the AMBER Alert, Silver Alert, Endangered Missing Advisory, and Blue Alert. The CHP is a national leader for the application of the Wireless Emergency Alert in emergency alerts. This course will provide a brief description, capabilities, and process of the WEA. It will also review what to expect when an alert has been activated. The focus of the discussion will be about incorporating technology into the alert process and what agencies can expect with its use.

  • This Course will provide an overview on international child abductions, prevention methods, investigative tools and resources (domestic and international) prior to filing an application for return under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

  • This course will provide an overview on what occurs after the minor(s) have been located and placed in protective custody, travel and security considerations, U.S. and foreign resources and coordination, court process and etiquette, return plan and notifications.

  • Communication Technology is more important than ever before. Playing games online had already all but replaced families playing cards or board games, but now that online education and tele-commuting are the new normal, it is critical that families be proactive about ensuring everyone understands and practices safe behaviors online. In this presentation, you will learn the truth about online predators and specific strategies to engage children in creating a plan for online safety that they will follow even when they are not being directly supervised. You will also be introduced to The Joyful Child Foundation's Be Brave - Be Safe programs designed to empower young people with realistic knowledge and skills to recognize, avoid, and effectively respond to potential dangers.

    Erin Runnion is the mother of Samantha Runnion and the Founding Director of The Joyful Child Foundation. Erin is dedicated to ensuring that Samantha’s tragic death will continue to be a catalyst to engage adults in our collective responsibility to protect our nation’s children. Honors include A Certificate of Valor from The Department of Justice, People Magazine’s 2004 Heroes Among Us Award, and commendations from the California State Assembly.

  • Long-term missing person investigations can prove very challenging. This course will not only cover the California Penal Codes as related to missing persons, as well as biometric descriptors used to assist in identifications of unidentified remains, but it will also provide creative resources that can assist your investigation. Sources of potential biometric materials (including fingerprint exemplars, dental records, and DNA reference samples) will be provided. Multiple databases will be discussed to include their capabilities and resources of assistance benefits. Skip tracing methods will also be discussed in how they are used to generate additional information to aid in your investigation.

  • This course will provide an overview of current Federal and State laws pertaining to Missing College Student investigations.Overview of resources to include the California Dept.of Justice Missing & Unidentified Persons Section,the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System,and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.Case studies will be used to explain the need for laws and resources.

    Megan Eschleman earned her M.S. in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven in 1999. She started with the California Department of Justice as a crime analyst in 2002, working as the lead analyst in the Sex Offender Assessment Unit until 2009 when she became the lead analyst in the Missing and Unidentified Persons Section (MUPS). In 2013, Megan received the Attorney General’s Award for Sustained Superior accomplishment. Megan took over the Supervisor roll in MUPS in 2014 and in 2017, she became the Manager over both MUPS and the Violent Crime Investigative Services Section. She now also oversees the Investigative Services and Systems Support Program. In 2019, she and the entire MUPS received the Attorney General’s Team Award for their work assisting in the identification of many of the Camp Fire victims.

    Megan has instructed at multiple P.O.S.T. certified courses on Missing Persons Investigations, Unidentified Persons Investigations, Missing College Students, and Child Abductions. She is also a certified National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) instructor. Megan has been a member of the California Child Abduction Task Force since 2015, where she now serves as the Chair.

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    Overview of the California Department of Justice’s Missing & Unidentified Persons Section’s resources, best practices, and CA Penal Code and Government Codes as applicable.  Overview of the National Missing & Unidentified Persons System’s services and support.  Case studies will demonstrate the effectiveness of the collaborative effort between the two groups.

  • The sex trafficking of minors has become one of our nation’s top concerns in the last few years. An increase in legislative efforts, community awareness campaigns, the creation of task forces, and providing funding for victim services has been paramount in addressing this issue, yet missing children, who are believed to have run away of their own free will, with no solid evidence of coercion, luring, or forceful removal from their homes, or last known location, ultimately become lost among the close to 450,000 children reported in the NCIC. Along with a discussion about how our students are being lured, what their missing categories are, and how social media is playing a role in all of this, we will also take a closer look at CA’s Education Code that requires schools to be providing human trafficking education in both middle school and high school.

  • The purpose of this presentation is for participants to understand how the bond between the trafficker and their victim is established and the barriers that stand in the way of recovery.​

    Dr. Stephany Powell is the Executive Director of Journey Out, a non-profit organization, fighting for the freedom and survival of women and girls in Los Angeles whose lives have been destroyed by human sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.  She was a thirty-year sworn veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Sergeant in Charge of Mission Area Vice the last four years of her career.  Dr. Powell is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, School of Behavioral Science.  Dr. Powell has firsthand knowledge of the fall out created by domestic sex trafficking of both children and adults, therefore she and the dedicated staff of Journey Out help to guide those who want to make the difficult journey out of a life filled with abuse and violence. She has been featured in local, national and international media as a subject matter expert on human trafficking.  

Cal OES: Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Produced by the Child Abduction Training Project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. (CIR) in partnership with the California Child Abduction Task Force with funding from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), made possible through the United States Department of Justice, Victims of Crime Act.