Gang-Related Violence, Exploitation, and Intimidation
Presented by John Wilkinson, AEquitas Attorney Advisor and Bill Woolf, Jr., Detective, Fairfax County Police Department
Gangs are well known for the perpetration of violent and drug-related crimes but they also rely on crimes of violence against women and girls to exploit and control their victims and communities. Gang members use of violence against women and girls, including pimping, sexual assault, exploitation, and trafficking has become commonplace and the victims can be anyone, from a gang member’s intimate partner to a female gang member, and even innocent bystanders. Gang members are also notorious for intimidating witnesses, and often go to great lengths, including murder, to prevent them from cooperating with law enforcement. The pervasive nature of gang-related violence against women and girls combined with the habitual use of witness intimidation present unique challenges to the effective investigation and prosecution of these cases.
This webinar was designed to overcome the challenges presented by gang-related violence against women and girls. It discussed gang-related domestic and sexual violence, gang culture, and gang members as abusers. It focused on the abduction, recruitment, and violence involved in the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and girls. The presenters also discussed victim-centered criminal justice responses, how to detect gang affiliation of victims or witnesses, reporting issues, lethality, courtroom security, recognizing and addressing intimidation, trial issues, and sentencing considerations.
Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to view the recording.
Click here to view the recording of the October 18, 2013 webinar.
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