NSU to Host Inaugural Conference on Child Abuse, Neglect, and Human Trafficking

NSU Conference on Child Abuse, Neglect, and Human TraffickingThey are America’s most precious resource – our children. Unfortunately, too often our children suffer abuse, neglect or, even worse, they are the victims of human trafficking.

In recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention month, NSU is bringing the community together to discuss the issue of Child Protection. NSU’s Department of Justice and Human Services in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, which offers a robust master’s program in child protection, will host the Inaugural Conference on Child Abuse, Neglect and Human Trafficking.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016, at NSU’s Don Taft University Center on NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus, 3301 College Ave. The conference is free and open to anyone who works in the child protection field – from law enforcement to social workers to health care providers to victim advocates. 

Along with providing networking opportunities for attendees, the event features several guest speakers, including:
  • Lauren Book, M.S. Ed.D., is an internationally respected child advocate, former classroom teacher and best-selling author. She is also one of 42 million survivors of child sexual abuse in the U.S. today. Knowing that 95 percent of child sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, Book is using her personal experience as a vehicle to create change.
  • Ronald Book, chairman of the Lauren’s Kids Foundation, is a specialist in governmental affairs and administrative law, with a Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida International University, Book served as director and special counsel for the office of Cabinet and Legislative Affairs under former Florida Governor Bob Graham
  • Detective Sgt. Joe Matthews, a 30-year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department, is a former Miami-Dade County Police Officer of the Year. He is the founder and CEO of DNA LifePrint, Inc., a corporate-sponsored, national child-safety program.
  • Maribel Del Rio-Roberts, Psy.D., is an assistant professor at the Department of Justice and Human Services in NSU's College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She is also the program director for the Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities Dr. Del Rio-Roberts teaches courses in developmental disabilities, child protection, recreational therapy, human services administration, and mental health counseling. She is a licensed Florida psychologist who specializes in the areas of developmental disabilities, clinical child psychology, infant mental health, and psychological evaluation.
  • Elli Bray, Special Agent with the Miami Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has been working violent crimes against children cases for the Miami division of the FBI for the past three years. She has extensive experience in working child sex trafficking matters, and was recently the case agent on an investigation which resulted in the conviction of six men who sexually exploited numerous minors in Broward County. SA Bray also serves as the Miami FBI Child Exploitation Task Force coordinator and oversees incoming cases and complaints involving child sex trafficking matters.
  • Allison Golden, Psy.D, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from NSU in 2013, and specializes in providing assessment and therapeutic services for children and families who have experienced various forms of trauma. In addition to her work clinically, Dr. Golden has worked on behalf of the Lauren’s Kids Foundation for approximately five years, providing education on numerous topics, to children, school personnel, medical and mental health professionals as well as child welfare workers and program administrators.
  • Tara Zuckerman, Psy.D, is a licensed psychologist and South Florida native, who has spent her career helping others in the community. She has participated in various educational and career ventures, which have helped her to hone her clinical skill-set and knowledge. She specializes in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Disorders and has specialized training in the assessment and treatment of behavior related issues, as well as interventions specific to OCD. Dr. Zuckerman utilizes various techniques and interventions to assist her clients in achieving their therapeutic goals.

For more information, please contact Denise Crammer-Turner, Psy.D. at (954)-262-5745 or via e-mail at crammerd@nova.edu.