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Stop Violence is a unique conference focusing on the drivers of crime – such as school violence, interpersonal victimization, mental health issues, gangs and narcotics – using new approaches to prevent and suppress crime including the latest technology, research and successful programming. Join us for Exciting Speakers, Workshops, Networking Opportunities and Informative Exhibits!

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Dates: July 25-26, 2018

July 25 – 8:30am - 5:00pm
July 26 – 8:30am - 5:00pm 

$250 Before July 1, 2018 
$300 After July 1, 2018 
Registration Closes July 13, 2018 

Conference Location:
Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054
Phone: 817-581-0044

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Who Should Attend?

Tracks include subjects relevant to social services, re-entry, law enforcement, corrections , educators, government agencies, community organizations, and mental health professionals.

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Featured Speakers & Workshops


Featured Speaker: Robert L. Woodson
President & Founder, The Woodson Center
Community-Based Solutions to Combat Crime and Reduce Violence

Overview: The emphasis on gun control legislation, arming teachers, and placing more police in our schools is missing a critical element in addressing school-based violence. Mr. Woodson will speak on successful non-traditional approaches to violence reduction that can be replicated in schools and neighborhoods throughout the country. 


Featured Speaker:
U.S. Secret Service, National Threat Assessment Center
Mass Attacks of 2017: Identifying the Investigative Themes for Prevention

Overview: An overview of mass casualty attacks in public spaces that occurred throughout 2017 and across the United States will be provided.  Many of these incidents were acts of violence that targeted specific individuals and included acts of workplace violence, domestic violence, and school violence.  Perpetrators of these attacks were driven by a variety of motives, made concerning communications or elicited concern from those around them, and experienced significant stressful events prior to their attacks. We will discuss the investigative themes found amongst these cases that cross different contexts.  



Featured Speaker: Dr. Al Valdez
Professor and Director Public Laboratory, University of California - Irvine
Vicarious Trauma

Overview: Dr. Valdez will address the long and short term effects of vicarious trauma and how to mitigate them.


Featured Speaker: Chris “Kish” Kishiyama
Global Director Public Safety Development, FranklinCovey
Cultivating Trust Between Communities and Public Safety as a Catalyst to End Violence

Overview: The erosion of trust between the community and public safety is increasing at exponential speed. The public not trusting government, police not trusting the community (Ferguson effect) and line staff not trusting administration or elected officials are significantly impacting our relationships with the communities we serve. Increases in crime rates, complaints, increased response times, anti-government protests, social media impact and a lack of transparency are all leading to a culture of distrust. Attendees will learn the 13 behaviors of trust, how to have structured conversations around hard topics and how to engage the community in a collaborative process of change. 


Preventing Targeted School Violence - U.S. Secret Service, National Threat Assessment Center

Gangsta Rap and its Influence on Street Gang Culture - Det. Jabari Howard, Dallas Police Department

Tami King Cold Case Homicide - Sgt. Ben Lopez, Arlington Police Department

What Happens to UAC's (Unaccompanied Minors from Central America) After Entry to the U.S. - Dr. Al Valdez, University of California - Irvine

Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Protocol - Marcene Weatherall & Kevin Kinley, Keller Independent School District

LGBTQ 101 - Sharon Herrera, Fort Worth Independent School District

Law Enforcement's Role in Behavioral Health: Why Have Crisis Intervention Teams? - Panel moderated by Leah White, MHMR Tarrant County

Crime Gun Intelligence - NIBIN and Violent Crimes - Cecil Manuel, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Illicit Narcotics & Their Links to Local, Regional and International Criminal Organizations/Gangs - Justin Hitz, DEA and David Dickie, TXDPS

Prevention & Intervention: A look at interpersonal violence through a trauma-informed lens - Katherine Collier-Esser, The Women's Center

DEA Community Outreach & Prevention Support - Eduardo A. Chavez, DEA Dallas Division

Branded with Hate - Justin Caraway, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

Strangulation - Evidenced Based Prosecution and All Things Medical - Mary Ann Contreras, JPS Health Network & Art Clayton, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office

Proliferation of Illicit Goods on the Internet: Illegal Weapons on the Darkweb - Dr. Christopher Copeland, Tarleton State University

Sextortion: Case Studies of Extreme Cyberbullying - Aisha Saleem, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas

The Mexican Cartel Influence in West Texas - William Kimbell, DEA Lubbock & Jordan Roberts, Lubbock County Sheriff's Office

Bridging the Gap: The Importance of Multidisciplinary Teams in Criminal Justice - Tina Naidoo, Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative

Threat Assessment - Violence Prevention via Intervention - Vicki King, University of Texas Police at Houston

The Faces of Human Trafficking: Learn the Players, Learn the Game - Cara Foos Pierce, U.S Attorney's Office & John Kochan, Homeland Security Investigations

And more.....

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Hotel Options

Holiday Inn Express 
820 Thousand Oaks Drive 
Hurst, TX 76054 
Rates: $112 per night for standard king or 2 queens; $124 per night for a suite 
Complimentary shuttle service to and from DFW Airport as well as anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel is available. 
To make reservations, call 817-427-1818 and reference the Stop Violence Conference group or book online by clicking here.

Hampton Inn & Suites
1600 Hurst Town Center Drive
Hurst, TX 76054
Rates: $124 per night for standard king or 2 queens; $134 per night for a suite
Complimentary shuttle service to and from DFW Airport as well as anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel is available.
To make reservations, call 817-503-7777 and reference the One Safe Place group or book online by clicking here.

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Hosted by

One Safe Place; U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas; Texas Offender Reentry Initiative (TORI); Fort Worth Police Department; Arlington Police Department; Drug Enforcement Administration; Challenge of Tarrant County; Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.; Operation Blue Shield; Dallas ISD Police Department; Tarrant County Juvenile Services; Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

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