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PCAO: Sixth Annual Child Abuse Conference Announced
 
Date: 3/6/2014
    
PCAO:  Sixth Annual Child Abuse Conference Announced

Sixth Annual Child Abuse Conference Announced

FLORENCE, AZ (3/6/14) – Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles announced opening of registration for the Pinal County Attorney’s Office Family Advocacy Center Inter-Agency Council’s Sixth Annual Child Abuse Conference.

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The Pinal County Sixth Annual Child Abuse Conference will be held on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, with registration from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm.  The Conference, as with years past, will be held at The Property, 1251 W. Gila Bend Hwy., Casa Grande, AZ.

The focus of this year’s Conference will revolve around two topics, “Commercial Sexual Exploitation” and “Secondary Trauma.”  Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (G.E.M.S.), a nationally recognized and acclaimed New York-based non-profit organization, will explore current and effective ways to empower girls and young women who experienced domestic trafficking and educate on ways practitioners can help encourage them to leave the commercial sex industry.  The second, presented by Karin Kline, MSW, of Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy at Arizona State University will focus on “Secondary Trauma,” a common issue many social and victim service providers experience from exposure to another person’s trauma.  Kline, who provides training throughout Arizona, will speak to participants on how to handle and recover from the effects of vicarious or secondary trauma-related distress experienced through work.

Providing insight into child abuse and ways their respective offices and duties can work to combat abuse and neglect against our youth, Honorable Judge Stephen McCarville and Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles will kick-off the day with a welcome and opening remarks and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-01) and Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-04) will address participants as guest speakers during lunch.

The Annual Child Abuse Conference is hosted by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office Family Advocacy Center Inter-Agency Council, consisting of members from the Arizona Department of Correction; Arizona Child Protective Services; Pinal County Attorney’s Office; Pinal County Sheriff’s Office; Cenpatico; Eloy Police Department; and Against Abuse, Inc.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles stated, “Each year, this Conference sheds light on vital issues and trends occurring within child abuse cases in Arizona and throughout the country.  Regardless of the type of abuse, whether mental, physical or sexual or otherwise neglectful, we must, as communities, be ever vigilant and prepared to effectively and immediately respond to child abuse.  This Conference brings community leaders and organizations, law enforcement, and child service providers together resulting in further education and cooperation that benefits our youth every single day.”

For more information, contact Jim Knupp at 520.866.6573 or by email at jim.knupp@pinalcountyaz.gov.

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