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Friday, June 14, 2013

U.S. Attorney Alicia A.G. Limtiaco Speaker At The 27th Annual San Diego International Conference On Child And Family Maltreatment

United States Attorney ALICIA A.G. LIMTIACO, U.S. Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, was a speaker at the 27th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment, held on January 28-31, 2013. Over 1600 participants were at the Conference from nearly 35 countries.

U.S. Attorney Limtiaco was joined by Suzanna Tiapula from the National District Attorney’s Association and their workshop was entitled, “Strategies for Justice: A Pacific Regional Response to Combat Human Trafficking” and introduced a regional model to combat human trafficking and child exploitation. The workshop included a discussion of collaborative efforts and coalition building among federal and local government agencies and non-governmental organizations, and the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to address the needs of victims and families.

The Response calls for the establishment and provision of victim services, investigation and prosecution of human trafficking, training opportunities, community outreach/ public awareness and prevention programs, and creation of human trafficking task forces and coalitions in the Pacific region island communities. The response provides fundamental training in human trafficking, including victimization, investigation and prosecution, prevention efforts, and other related topics, to law enforcement; prosecution; victim service providers; social services; medical, mental and public health professionals; faith based organizations; educational institutions; Consulates; and other community stakeholders, in our Pacific region island communities, is critical to effective prevention and enforcement efforts in the region.

The 27th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment was presented by the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. U.S. Attorney Limtiaco’s track was one of many which included, Medicine, Investigations, Law, Mental Health, Forensic Interviewing, Child Welfare and Research, Military Families, Child Torture, Human Trafficking, Child Protection in Indian Country, Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Global Perspectives and Law and Ethics courses. The goal was to provide opportunities to learn from all the participants and to rekindle the passion to help create a world where children and families are healthy and free from abuse and neglect.

Updated January 7, 2015