Conducting Trauma Informed Investigations

Best Practices in Conducting Trauma Informed Investigations of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence

July 11-12, 2017   |   9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monroe Community College
1000 East Henrietta Road
Rochester, New York 14623

Opening and Welcoming Remarks:
July 11th:   Dr. Anne Kress, President, Monroe Community College and Kristin Lowe, Title IX Coordinator, Monroe Community College
July 12th:   Sandra Casey, Deputy General Counsel, State University of New York

July 12-13, 2017   |   9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Albany Capital Center
55 Eagle Street
Albany, New York 12207

Opening and Welcoming Remarks:
July 12th Bradley Hutton, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health
July 13thPaul Berger, University Police Commissioner

September 1, 2017   |   9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, New York 11794
(Day 2 presentation)

Convener: Judith Greiman, Senior Vice President for Government and Community Relations/Chief Deputy to the President

The $45 registration fee is inclusive of all meals during training.

This two-day training will provide cutting-edge and research informed training for law enforcement, student affairs and Title IX professionals charged with investigating and adjudicating reports of sexual and interpersonal violence. Day 1 will be a deep dive into the impact of trauma on the brain and its effect on investigations of violence and Day 2 will build on that information to provide best practices for conducting trauma-informed and carefully tailored investigations.

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Intended Audience: SUNY, CUNY, independent and proprietary college staff with direct obligations to investigate and adjudicate in response to sexual and interpersonal violence on college campuses; State agency personnel working with colleges on investigations and adjudications in response to sexual and interpersonal violence; law enforcement personnel responsible for investigating sexual and interpersonal violence on college campuses; prosecutors responsible for prosecuting sexual and interpersonal violence on college campuses.

This event is generously funded by the Department of Health Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant and is sponsored by the SUNY Title IX Coordinators Association, Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers, Community College Chief Student Affairs Officers, Student Conduct Association, Chiefs of Police Association, Community College Public Safety Administrators Association, and Offices of University Police, University Life, and General Counsel, in partnership with the New York State Police.

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Dr. Jim Hopper, Harvard Medical School

Dr. James Hopper is an independent consultant and Teaching Associate in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. For over 25 years Dr. Hopper’s research, clinical and consulting work has focused on the psychological and biological effects of child abuse, sexual assault and other traumatic experiences. As a clinician Dr. Hopper works with adults who have experienced assault or were abused as children. In his forensic work he testifies on short- and long-term impacts of child abuse and sexual assault. Dr. Hopper served on the Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council and consults and teaches nationally and internationally to military and civilian investigators, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, commanders and higher education administrators.

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Chantelle Cleary, Esq., University at Albany

Chantelle Cleary is the Assistant Vice President for Equity and Compliance and the Title IX Coordinator at the University at Albany.  In this role, Chantelle is responsible for overseeing the university’s responses to unlawful discrimination, including sexual violence. This includes coordinating sexual violence prevention and education programs as well as conducting prompt, equitable, and thorough investigations into allegations of unlawful discrimination and sexual violence occurring within the campus community.  Chantelle also serves as a faculty member for the National Center for Campus Public Safety’s trauma informed sexual violence investigation and adjudication institutes. In that role Chantelle travels to institutions throughout the United States to teach higher education professionals how to conduct sexual violence investigations in accordance with best practices.

Prior to joining the University at Albany in January of 2015, Chantelle spent a decade as an Assistant District Attorney assigned exclusively to the prosecution of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and crimes against children.  In that role, Chantelle was able to develop expertise in conducting thorough and trauma informed sexual violence investigations.

Chantelle received her B.A. from Binghamton University and her J.D. from Albany Law School.

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Lt. Gary Kelly, New York State Police

Gary Kelly is a thirty year veteran with the New York State Police, currently assigned to oversee the New York State Police Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit (CSAVU) and the Special Victims Unit (SVU).

In the dual role, Gary is responsible for managing the staff and work of CSAVU members across the state in their outreach to college and university campuses, their response and investigation of reported crimes, and overseeing the unit’s training and prevention education campaign. He is also responsible for managing the staff and work of the state police members assigned to the Special Victims Unit (SVU).  He oversees the administration of law enforcement child abuse hotline reports, and the implementation of law enforcement training in the fields of child abuse, sexual offense investigations, elder abuse, and the state’s AMBER Alert program.  He is responsible for the management of New York State’s AMBER Alert child abduction program.  He has activated New York’s AMBER Alert system in 47 child abduction cases involving 64 children, including cross border and international cases.

Gary has served on numerous task forces and committees, including the New York State Children’s Justice Task Force, the Capital Region Sexual Assault Response Team, and the NYS Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.  He was assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for twenty five years, including fifteen years of field experience as an investigator conducting investigations of child abuse, sexual assaults, and other felony offenses.

Gary spent four years assigned to a Major Crimes Homicide Unit, and participated in the investigation of numerous homicides, sexual assaults, and cold cases.  He was assigned as the state police lead investigator for the Porco Homicide case in 2004, and contributed significantly to the successful prosecution in that circumstantial case involving the murder of a prominent law clerk of the New York State Supreme Court.

Gary holds a Masters Degree from the State University of New York at Albany School of Criminal Justice and has instructed law enforcement and social service agencies for more than two decades.

Kristin Lowe, Title IX Coordinator, Monroe Community College

Kristin Lowe serves as the Assistant to the President for Title IX and Inclusion at Monroe Community College, overseeing the development, implementation, and monitoring of the College’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act, the Violence Against Women Act/Campus SaVE Act, NYS “Enough is Enough” legislation, as well as College policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment, including sexual violence, and retaliation. Kristin coordinates the College’s response to and investigation of reports of sexual and interpersonal violence. She collaborates with the College’s internal community members and external stakeholders to lead education, training, and awareness programming efforts related to sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and the promotion of a safe, respectful, and inclusive learning environment.

Prior to joining MCC in March 2016, Kristin served as Director of Human Resources for Monroe #1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Fairport, NY, and practiced labor and employment law at Harter Secrest and Emery LLP in Rochester, NY. Kristin is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), the American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), and the State University of New York Title IX Coordinators Association (STIXCA). She is a 2017 recipient of the AAWCC’s 40 Under 40 Award.

Kristin received her B.A. in English from Providence College, her M.A. in Higher Education from Boston College, and her J.D. from Albany Law School.

Bradley Hutton, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health

Brad Hutton received his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and his Master's of Public Health from the University at Albany School of Public Health, where he has also completed all requirements except the dissertation for a Ph.D. in epidemiology with concentrations in infectious disease and chronic disease epidemiology. He has been with the New York State Department of Health for twenty-two years, and was recently appointed to be the Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Public Health after serving as the Director of its Center for Community Health for nearly five years. As Deputy Commissioner for Public Health, Brad oversees the Centers for Community Health and Environmental Health, the AIDS Institute, the Department’s Public Health laboratory the Wadsworth Center and the Office of Health Emergency Preparedness and Office of Public Health Protection. Previously, he has directed the Department's Bureau of Early Intervention, and it's Cancer Services Program. He has served on several committees that advise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on cancer control and also served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee to Improve Mammography Quality.


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Paul Berger, SUNY University Police

University Police Commissioner Paul M. Berger began his career with the State University of New York Police in July 1988. Since that time he has the ranks of Officer, Investigator, Night Commander, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, Deputy Commissioner, and Commissioner. Commissioner Berger is responsible for administrative coordination between SUNY police departments and system-wide issues such as training, employee relations, and interactions with other state agencies. Commissioner Berger holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College and a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Alfred University.