Sessions

Sessions


Building Youth Voice and Leadership — Implementation Models

Craig Bowman

More than half of the global population is under 30 and they’re becoming increasingly connected and engaged. When communities begin to see young people as assets (rather than needs), a world of positive change becomes possible. When youth have a seat at the table, they bring fresh perspectives and new ideas. When young people are supported early, they become tomorrow’s leaders today. These actions accelerate development and innovation, enabling organizations to realize a ‘demographic dividend’ in economic growth. In this session, you will learn about several models of community youth development/engagement that are working successfully to foster authentic youth leadership.

Immigration, Advocacy, and Justice on the Border

Carlos Spector, LLC

High demand, limited resources, and complex requirements for asylum are just a few of the demands for legal advocates on the Border of Mexico.  Families in detention facilities are traumatized and overwhelmed. These factors are further complicated by humanitarian concerns, all of which can place legal advocates in a legal conundrum.  In this workshop, participants will learn about challenges for attorneys in detention and immigration centers and commonly overlooked opportunities for effective advocacy. Participants will also hear the true stories behind the painful immigration journey for several families and how legal advocacy paired with other system support led to tremendous success.

Voices from the Borderland: Trauma and Triumph

Dr. Eva Moya

The El Paso/Juarez metroplex offers a unique opportunity to learn about and appreciate the dynamics of immigration, the wide range of immigration stories and hardships, and the complexities for families often struggling with intergenerational trauma. (Complete workshop description pending)

Success Out of Foster Care

Tymothy Belseth

Normal experiences in childhood are critical to the well-being and social development of all children. Children in foster care are no different! This workshop provides information of the importance of normalcy and what caregivers can do to ensure their children are living as normal of a life as possible. This workshop also reviews the findings of the Texas Youth Permanency Study, which examined post-permanency experiences and long-term developmental outcomes of older youth in foster care. Permanency is a multi-dimensional concept describing who has legal responsibility for a child, who is the primary long-term caregiver for the child, where the child considers his or her home and who provides a sense of felt security for that child. Permanency outcomes are discrete outcomes including adoption, reunification and conservatorship. 

Identifying Victims of Child Sex Trafficking — Signs for Law Enforcement, Teachers, and Parents

Ann Johnson, LLC

The signs that someone is being trafficked are often overlooked, leading to incalculable human suffering.  In neighborhoods, schools, criminal justice and child protection systems, and social service agencies, signs of victimization are often overlooked or misunderstood.  In this workshop, I will help the audience understand the most common signs that a youth is being exploited.  When is a “boyfriend” really a boyfriend and when is he a pimp or john?  How are females often manipulated and coerced into a trafficking situation?  I will share examples from cases when people missed opportunities to identify victims and when a critical observation and taking action led to the arrest and prosecution of pimps and johns.

Women Advocating for Equity and Immigration Justice

Taylor Levy, LLC and Colleagues

This panel of experts will share experiences in immigration advocacy and legal coordination in detention & hospitality facilities on the both sides of the US/Mexico Border. (Complete workshop description pending)

Dan Powers, LCSW

The pressure for expert witnesses, investigators, CPS Caseworkers, foster parents, and CASA workers is enormous when it comes to giving testimony about a child in the child protective services system.  In this workshop, learn about critical ways to prepare, facts and impressions that are most relevant to the Court, and how to respond to unexpected or particularly challenging lines of question.  (Complete workshop description pending)

Leveraging Relationships to Inspire Systems-Level Change

Cathy Gaytan, LCSW and Beth Senger, LMSW

The co-hosts of this conference, the El Paso Center for Children and El Paso Child Guidance Center, have been working collaboratively for several years on various projects, leveraging our trust-based servant-leadership philosophy to pursue and secure millions of dollars to benefit El Paso. We are not alone in this work — dozens of entities have contributed to this process.  In this workshop, you’ll learn about various structures/processes among highlighted partnership opportunities, particularly the most recent $2.5 million award to further develop the Family Leadership Council.  

Interviewing Parents — Sensitive Questioning Techniques

Dan Powers, LCSW

CPS Caseworkers and Investigators face unique challenges in interviewing parents suspected or alleged to have abused or neglected their child. (Complete workshop description pending) 

Meth and Other Street Drug Trends

Presenter TBD, Aliviane

Interpreting the indicators and understanding family dynamics when a member is under the influence of meth and other street drugs can be a challenge for child abuse investigators and other professionals.  Learn about the effects of meth, one of the most common “drugs of choice” seen in CPS cases, and other current street drugs on behaviors in families and exposure risks for children and youth.  (Complete workshop description pending)


Succinct, Effective Testimony — Preparing to Take the Stand on CPS Cases

Dan Powers, LCSW

The pressure for expert witnesses, investigators, CPS Caseworkers, foster parents, and CASA workers is enormous when it comes to giving testimony about a child in the child protective services system.  In this workshop, learn about critical ways to prepare, facts and impressions that are most relevant to the Court, and how to respond to unexpected or particularly challenging lines of question.  (Complete workshop description pending)

Child Outcries

Dan Powers, LCSW

When a child or young person shares information with you (teacher, counselor, family friend, police officer) about having been hurt, your reaction can change the trajectory of the child and family’s life forever. While mandated reporting is generally widely enforced and understood, there is often little training and support for understanding what to say and do in the moment of disclosure and how to ask about current safety concerns. (Complete workshop description pending)


Youth/Provider Panel — Juvenile Probation Department

Roger Martinez, Chief Probation Officer

Experiences for both youth in stressful situations and providers trying to support them can be challenging and rewarding.  Learn about these experiences from those who have navigated through these difficult situations and hear from the youth about what their providers did well/could have done better and the pivotal moments that they feel got them on a better path.

Internet Crimes Against Children – Investigations and Warning Signs for Law Enforcement, Social Workers, Teachers, and Parents

Presenter Pending

In this workshop, strategies used by law enforcement to investigate the sale and distribution of child pornography will be discussed.  Case examples, on-line tools, processes for victim identification, and prosecution of perpetrators will be shared.  Participants will learn about methods perpetrators use to lure children, including currently active apps and websites known to be in use and what parents can do to  monitor their child’s cyber life.

Deescalation and Defusing — Techniques to Redirect Youth and Support Resolution in High Tension Situations

Juan Alderete, M.Ed.


In this workshop, strategies used by law enforcement to investigate the sale and distribution of child pornography will be discussed.  Case examples, on-line tools, processes for victim identification, and prosecution of perpetrators will be shared.  Participants will learn about methods perpetrators use to lure children, including currently active apps and websites known to be in use and what parents can do to  monitor their child’s cyber life.


Closed Session — Law Enforcement and Child Protective Services Only

Human Trafficking Investigation Techniques

Ann Johnson, LLC

Workshop description pending 

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Our Spring 2015 issue newsletter in now available!

Youth enjoyed the snow at the Runaway Shelter!

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El Paso Paralegal Association donated to us $1,510.30

This year El Paso Paralegal Association's adopted charity is the Center for Children of El Paso. They donated $1,510.30 to help our children and families in need.  Thank you for your support!

Paso Del Norte Center of Hope receives $390,000 to fight human trafficking

Our Fall 2014 issue newsletter in now available!