AMBER Alert Webinar Series

AMBER Alert Training & Technical Assistance Program Webinar Series

Boys: The Forgotten Sex Trafficking Victims

Presented by: Cathy De La Paz

Detective, Dallas, TX, Police Department

July 16, 2019 | 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM CST

This webinar will highlight the current system response to young boys victimized through child sex trafficking, demonstrate how boys are trafficked, and discuss the profiles of the traffickers and buyers. Participants will explore current challenges and next steps toward addressing these challenges for an effective response.


Registration link coming soon!

The Importance of CART Training: A Family Perspective

Presented by David A. Smither, Associate

 AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program

August 14, 2019 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM CST

David A. Smither will provide a family’s perspective on the importance of Child Abduction Response Team (CART) training (and related resources), informed by his experience of losing his own sister to a serial offender, in a small town that was unprepared to deal with such a catastrophe. Having witnessed first-hand his own community’s lack of preparedness, and subsequently growing up in close proximity to missing children’s cases through his family’s nonprofit, the Laura Recovery Center Foundation, David has a unique perspective on the importance of disaster preparedness. This presentation will combine a high level introduction to CART (and related training resources) with a powerful personal testimony of the impact of the abduction of a child on a family’s life.

About Webinars

AMBER Alert's webinars bring together state, local, and tribal subject matter experts to present and discuss critical issues related to missing, abducted and sexually exploited children. Law enforcement and child protection professionals will benefit from information regarding important first response, investigative and multi-agency efforts to swiftly and effectively handle cases of missing and abducted children.

To address the significant problem of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, subject matter experts will identify prevalent types of victimization, risk factors for victimization and signs of possible exploitation among children. Presenters also include trafficking survivors and victim advocates who share their stories and perspectives on developing victim-centered responses in an effort to more effectively serve and support child victims.

Through these webinars, AMBER Alert works to increase collaboration between state, local and tribal communities in combating the problems of missing, abducted and exploited children in order to develop strengthened agency and collaborative responses, and to effectively address the needs of victims.