Conference: Investigation of Crimes Against Vulnerable Victims

Charleston Southern University, in cooperation with the National Institute of Justice and the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, will host a conference, "From Cradle to Cane: Investigation of Crimes Against Vulnerable Victims," March 21-23, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina.

The two-day conference, March 21-22, will focus on crimes against children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. An optional, one-day, hands-on workshop, "Death Scene Investigation—A Forensic Entomology Field Training Workshop", taught by Neal Haskell, PhD, will be held March 23 at an off-site location.

Topics for the two-day conference include:

  • The Impact of Abusive Head Trauma on the Family
  • Forensic Pathology of Child Abuse
  • Investigation of Medical Child Abuse
  • Human Trafficking Including Dental Aspects
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence & Special Needs Victims
  • Forensic Investigative Techniques & Case Consultations

The conference is targeted at law enforcement, first responders, death scene investigators, coroners, medical examiners, legal professionals, dentists, medical providers, social workers, prevention specialists, and domestic violence specialists.

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