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Stop Violence is a unique conference focusing on the drivers of crime – such as school violence/school safety, interpersonal victimization, violent crime, 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 30-31, 2019

July 30 – 8:30am - 5:00pm
July 31 – 8:30am - 5:00pm 

$250 Before July 20, 2019
$300 After July 20, 2019
Registration Closes July 26, 2019

Conference Location:
Hurst Conference Center
1601 Campus Drive
Hurst, Texas 76054
Phone: 817-581-0044
Click here for directions to the conference center and a parking map.

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Who Should Attend?

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

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Featured Speakers & Workshops


Featured Speaker: Erik Lloyd
Lieutenant, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department 
1 October Mass Casualty Shooting in Las Vegas

Overview: On October 1, 2017, over 22,000 festival-goers came together to enjoy an open-air music festival (Route 91 Harvest) in Las Vegas, NV. On the final night of the festival, during the main event performance, a lone gunman rained gunfire down into the crowd from an elevated position from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. The gunman actively targeted concert attendees and workers for over ten minutes, resulting in the deaths of 58 innocent people and injuring approximately 887 others. With law enforcement closing in on his location, the gunman killed himself. By the end of the presentation, participants will be prepared to: have an overview of the venue/area and learn the sequence of events; learn of communication and radio traffic; review the police response; review the fire/medical response; have an understanding of the command & control structure; learn about the suspect - intelligence gathering - firearm purchases; detail the crime scenes; list the investigative findings & intent; learn of the Family Assistance Center & healing resources; and discuss the lessons learned.


Featured Speaker: Aisha Saleem & Alex Lewis
Assistant United States Attorneys, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas
Combating Sextortion: the Latest Trend in Cyberbullying

Overview: Would you recognize cyberbullying if you saw it?  In order to fight cyberbullying effectively we need to understand how to change the culture in which it happens.  Knowing the facts about cyberbullying is important because when young people believe that cyberbullying behavior is the norm, they are more likely to engage in and tolerate it.  This presentation will examine the growing trend in cyberbullying, “sextortion.” This session will define the term “sextortion,” and, based on local case investigations, will identify common platforms, as well as techniques used by perpetrators.  Cyberbullying is everyone’s business and the best response is to be proactive with solutions to combat the problem kids face today.



Featured Speaker: Jim Buffington
Chief Operating Officer, Bridges to Life
Victim/Offender Story and the Impact of Restorative Justice

Overview:  Mr. Buffington will share his personal story from both the perspective of victim and offender.  It will include the impact of crime, experience with the Criminal Justice system, and the healing process of Restorative Justice.


Special Performance By: The Royal Boys Choir
Sponsored by: Powerhouse Foundation

Overview: From New Orleans, Louisiana, the Royal Boys Choir consist of young men, ages 9-15, singing of hope and change.  They aspire to spread the message of love and non-violence throughout the World.



Addressing School Violence - Brandi Burque, Ph.D., Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Complex Cases and Subtle Abuse of the Vulnerable Victim:  The Forensic Pathologist’s Perspective - James Downs, M.D., D-ABP-AP/CP/FP, F-AAFS, F-NAME, F-ASCP, F-CAP, D-ABMDI, forensX, LLC, Charleston Southern University

Interfaith Panel on Domestic and Community Violence

Poverty and Violence - Dr. Al Valdez, University of California-Irvine

Fentanyl and the Opioid Epidemic - Lisa Sullivan, DEA Dallas Division

Emergent Strategies for Catastrophic Events: A look at the July 7th shooting and aftermath - Major Max Geron, Dallas Police Department

In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence - Casey Harrelson, SafeHaven of Tarrant County

The Neurobiology of Trauma for Law Enforcement & Advocates - Lacy Hensley, One Safe Place

Fort Worth Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit - an Overview/Case Study - Officer Domingo Martinez, Fort Worth Police Department

Panel on Handling Social Media Threats: Best Practices Revealed

When Tragedy Leads to Suicidality for Survivors - Anita McNew, The Women's Center of Tarrant County

"A.O.B.” Social Media and Pimping - Cara Foos Pierce, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas & Jabari Howard, Dallas Police Department

Innovative Approaches to Stopping Violence in our Cities - PJ Meitl, U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas

Implicit Bias - Dr. Al Valdez, University of California-Irvine

Current Drug Trends - Eduardo A. Chavez, DEA Dallas Division

Strangulation: Research and Victim Perspectives - Dr. Tara Shelley, Tarleton State University and Michelle Morgan, One Safe Place

War of the Orphans - Alfonso Herrera, Positive Passage Program

Reentry Programs: The Other Side of Corrections - Tina Naidoo, MSSW, LCSW, The Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.)

Solution Focused Victim Services - Emily Spence, UNTHSC & Jessica Grace, UNTHSC

Victimology: An inside look + case study - Sgt. Calvin Johnson, Dallas Police Department

Protecting Critical Infrastructure is More Than a Physical Task - Matthew "Matty" Squarzoni, Sitch Ai

And more....

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Hotel Options

Hilton Garden Inn 
(Conveniently connected to the Hurst Conference Center)
1615 Campus Drive
Hurst, TX 76054
Rates: Special limited discounted group rate of $125 per night available until Monday, July 8, 2019
Complimentary shuttle service to and from DFW Airport.  Guests should call the hotel a couple days prior to arrival with flight information.  
To make reservations with the hotel directly, call 817-281-5800 and reference the Stop the Violence Conference group or book online by clicking here.  You may also call 877-782-9444 toll-free, ask for the Hilton Garden Inn in Hurst, give dates of stay, and give name of the group - Stop the Violence Conference.

Holiday Inn Express 
(Across the street from the conference center)
820 Thousand Oaks Drive 
Hurst, TX 76054 
Rates: Special limited group rate of $112 per night for standard rooms or $124 per night for a suite available until Monday, July 8, 2019.
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 
(Across the street from the conference center)
1600 Hurst Town Center Drive
Hurst, TX 76054 
Rates: Special limited group rate of $112 per night for standard rooms available until Monday, July 1, 2019
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 Stop Violence Conference group or book online by clicking here.

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Hosted by

The 2019 Stop Violence Conference is hosted by One Safe Place, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, and Operation Blue Shield.

The 2019 Stop Violence Conference Planning Committee consists of representatives from the following agencies: Youth Advocate Programs, Inc.; Texas Offender Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.); Fort Worth Police Department; Arlington Police Department; Drug Enforcement Administration; Crowley Independent School District; Fort Worth Independent School District; Dallas ISD Police Department; Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.; Shaken Baby Alliance; Tarrant County Domestic Relations Office; and Challenge of Tarrant County

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