Speakers

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Peter J. Skandalakis --Executive Director for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia

Peter J. Skandalakis Executive Director for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia

Peter J. Skandalakis is a career prosecutor who serves as the Executive Director for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. Prior to his appointment, he spent his entire legal career as a prosecutor in the Coweta Judicial Circuit since graduating from law school in 1984. He began as an Assistant District Attorney, was promoted to Chief Assistant in 1987, and was appointed the District Attorney in 1992. Later in the same year, he won a contested election, and was re-elected without opposition each following term, serving a total of six terms as District Attorney.

Session

Morning Plenary Speaker

Website
Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia
Jennifer King--Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocate

Jennifer KingGeorgia Court Appointed Special Advocate

With an education in Child Development & Family Studies and experience caring for young children and working families, Jen started out her career with Georgia CASA providing training and support for local CASA affiliates. In the late 90s, Jen worked with America's Promise and United Way building supportive connections for children and youth. While working full-time, Jen earned her Master in Public Administration in Nonprofit Studies.  Returning to Georgia CASA in 2002, Jen worked to build a strong and supportive network of CASA affiliates. Today, more than 2,200 CASA volunteers are advocating for more than 11,000 children in foster care. Her team leads statewide training efforts, support, leadership development, and relationship building to strengthen collaboration and advocacy needed to improve outcomes for children and families.  Since entering this field in 1995, Jen has been a part of many shared efforts including Celebration of Excellence, Council of Volunteer Administrators, various training and child welfare workgroups, as well as work with Criminal Justice Coordinating Council and state DFCS.

Brian Johnston--Georgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit

Brian JohnstonGeorgia Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit

Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Brian Johnston has been in law enforcement for twenty-two years and is currently assigned to the GBI’s Child Exploitation and Computer Crimes Unit. The unit is responsible for the management of Georgia’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force; as well as, child exploitation investigations to include child pornography and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) investigations. ASAC JOHNSTON has worked in a multi-disciplinary approach to child sex trafficking to include working closely with other law enforcement agencies, victim service providers, medical providers, child advocacy centers, child welfare agencies, and other government and non-government organization to combat child exploitation in Georgia.

Session

Human Trafficking: Law Enforcement Response Part 1 and Part 2 (Law Enforcement only)

Website
Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Andy Kogerma --Training and Development Specialist - Education and Training Section, Department of Family & Children’s Services

Andy Kogerma Training and Development Specialist - Education and Training Section, Department of Family & Children’s Services

Andy began his career in child abuse prevention and prevention over 30 years ago with the State of Florida as a CPS Treatment Counselor. He served as Director of non-profit child abuse prevention agencies in Florida and Georgia that specialized in providing intensive family preservation intervention with families who had existing CPS cases. In 1993, Andy began his career in adult learning as a Trainer and Training Manager with Georgia Academy (provided all DFCS social services training from 1993-2000). When Georgia Academy became Family Connection Partnership, Andy served as the Statewide Community Facilitator. Andy later joined the Education & Training Services Section to help launch the FTM initiative for DFCS. He has a Level Three Certification in Training Design & Delivery from the NVQ Certification Board in England, as well as extensive experience in organizational facilitation. Andy believes that all adult learning is based on a “learning conversation” and strives to bring this quality to all the work he does.

Session

Federal DHR Mandates

Lalaine Briones--Director, State Prosecution Support Division Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia

Lalaine BrionesDirector, State Prosecution Support Division Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia

Lalaine A. Briones currently serves as Director of the State Prosecution Support Division for the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia. Ms. Briones has 20 years of experience as a prosecutor specializing in the area of Crimes Against Children. Prior to becoming Director of the State Prosecution Support, Ms. Briones was a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Clayton Judicial Circuit, an Assistant District Attorney in the Crimes Against Children Unit in DeKalb County, Director of Legal Services for the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council, and Chief Executive Assistant Crimes Against Children in the Clayton Judicial Circuit. Ms. Briones has served on Child Abuse Protocol and Multi-Disciplinary Teams in DeKalb and Clayton Counties. Since 2008 Ms. Briones has served on the Children’s Justice Act Task Force Committee. Ms. Briones received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia in 1990 and graduated from Georgia State University College of Law in 1993.

Session

Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases and Challenges

Website
Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia
Dr. Adrianne Artis--Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Dr. Adrianne ArtisChildren’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Dr. Adrianne Artis completed medical school at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington D.C. and then completed her general pediatrics residency at the University of Florida at Orlando Health in Orlando, Florida. During residency, Dr. Artis became especially interested in caring for children who were suspected to be the victims of abuse. Dr. Artis therefore, decided to pursue a career in Child Abuse Pediatrics and is currently completing her fellowship at Emory University.

Session

Child Abuse Medical Examinations

Alexia M. Tanner--Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Alexia M. TannerLicensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Alexia M. Tanner started her journey into a career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at an early age. She always knew she was destined to help people. She worked with the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) for two years and was a personal caretaker for persons with developmental disabilities  while completing her undergraduate studies. She finished her undergraduate studies and continued her education at Smith College of Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

Session

Child on Child/Sexual Behaviors in Children and ABC’s Of Understanding The Healing Process After Trauma

Website
Wholistic Therapeutic Services
Michelle White, LMSW --Child & Youth Project Manager

Michelle White, LMSW Child & Youth Project Manager

Michelle White is a licensed social worker in the states of Georgia and Illinois. She earned her Masters of Social Work focusing on Children and Families, from Loyola University of Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Indiana University Bloomington. Michelle’s professional background includes working with adults and children impacted by domestic and dating violence, developmental delays, child abuse and neglect and youth with mental health and behavioral conditions.

Session

Child Witness and the Effects of DV Exposure on Children

Website
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Twitter
@gcadv
Andrew H. Agatston, J.D.--Attorney

Andrew H. Agatston, J.D.Attorney

Law Offices of Andrew H. Agatston, P.C. and CEO/General Counsel for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia

Andrew Agatston is an attorney in private civil practice whose personal injury trial practice includes the representation of individuals who are targeted by criminal acts, including child sexual abuse survivors. He also began representing Children's Advocacy Centers as legal counsel in 1998, ultimately representing 8 Georgia CACs, and continued until July 1, 2014 when he was hired as CEO and General Counsel for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia, the state network of the 48 Georgia child advocacy centers. Andrew is the author of four books for CACs, and since 2008 has operated a national listserv for CAC professionals and their multidisciplinary team members that reaches more than 1,000 subscribers in 49 states. Andrew also regularly conducts workshops and other trainings throughout the country for CAC professionals regarding legal matters that impact their important work on behalf of suspected victims of child abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Session

The Importance of MDT’s

Website
Law Offices of Andrew H. Agatston
Twitter
@AndrewAgatston
Nancy Chandler, MSW--Consultant to CAC’s of GA

Nancy Chandler, MSWConsultant to CAC’s of GA

Nancy Chandler, MSW Atlanta, GA serves as a consultant to the Children’s’ Advocacy Centers of Georgia as well as the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. In December 2015 she retired as the CEO of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, having served in that position for eight years. Prior to this service, she served for 14 years as the founding Executive Director of National Children’s Alliance. Prior to this position Ms. Chandler served as the founding Executive Director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. She currently serves as a member of the Children’s Justice Act Task Force and the Advisory Board for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia.

Session

Working Lunch - The Importance of MDT’s

Website
Children’s Advocacy Centers of Georgia
Twitter
@cacga
Matthew Sandusky--Child Sexual Abuse Survivor + Motivational Speaker

Matthew SanduskyChild Sexual Abuse Survivor + Motivational Speaker

  • Co-Founder and President of Peaceful Hearts Foundation
  • Advocate and Activist for the issue of Child Sex Abuse
  • Published Author of “Undaunted: Breaking my silence to overcome the trauma of child sexual abuse”.

Matthew uses his life’s story to motivate people to take action to prevent CSA and how to positively engage and support adult survivors of CSA. He hopes that by telling his story he is able to show survivors that hope always exists and that healing will happen. “We have been broken, but with Love and Support, we will rebuild and become stronger than we ever could have imagined”.

Session

Afternoon Plenary Speaker

Website
Peaceful Hearts Foundation
Twitter
@PeacefulHearts1
Shannon Martucci--Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer

Shannon MartucciChild/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer

Shannon Martucci is a Child/Adolescent Forensic Interviewer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Shannon is located in the Atlanta Regional office and covers the Southeast Region of the United States of America, which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico. Shannon is one of eleven Forensic Interviewers who cover the USA and its foreign partners. Shannon has a Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling, a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and she is a National Certified Counselor. She began her career as a forensic interviewer in 2009 at the 13th Judicial Circuit’s Administrative Offices of the Court-Children’s Advocacy Center in Tampa, Florida. She joined the FBI in 2014. Shannon has conducted forensic interviews for a variety of violations to include: cyber exploitation, human trafficking, kidnapping, homicide, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and domestic violence. Shannon also has extensive experience as a trainer to law enforcement, service providers, and community members in various topics related to child abuse. Due to her training and experience in Forensic Interviewing, Shannon testifies in court as an expert in Forensic Interview process.

Session

Introducing Evidence in the Forensic Interview

Website
Federal Bureau of Investigation - Atlanta
Twitter
@FBI
Kristy Carter --Program Director, Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Kristy Carter Program Director, Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

Kristy Carter, J.D., is a Program Director and Grants Administrator for the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. Carter specializes in grants that support intervention and prevention services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and trafficking. Carter works with stakeholders and advocates improving systematic responses to sexual assault, domestic violence and trafficking with the goal of building the capacity of communities to serve victims of abuse. Carter has been administering grants for five years in Georgia. Carter, a graduate of Mississippi School of Law and the University of Georgia, began working with victims of crime more than a decade ago. She has experience working in juvenile courts and the child welfare system.

Session

Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force & Child Sexual Exploitation 101

Website
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Twitter
@gacjcc
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