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Scott Jess

Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Criminal Investigative Liaison (CIL) Branch.



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SCOTT J. JESS is a Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Criminal Investigative Liaison (CIL) Branch. As a liaison to INTERPOL Washington, Mr Jess is part of Diplomatic Security Service's worldwide network of criminal investigators and investigative analysts embedded with global law enforcement organizations.

CIL is uniquely positioned through partnerships with U.S. and international law enforcement agencies, as well as with the Office of Overseas Schools, to provide support and guidance on child safety and child protection issues overseas.

Mr Jess has been with the Diplomatic Security Service for eight years and has served in Washington, D.C., Iraq, and Mexico.

Christopher Young

Special Agent – Diplomatic Security Service, Criminal Investigative Liaison to Consular Affairs-Office of Children’s Issues.



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CHRISTOPHER YOUNG has worked with the U.S. Department of State since 2007, first as a Diplomatic Courier and presently as a Special Agent, serving as the Criminal Liaison Division’s representative to the FBI Task Force for Violent Crimes Against Children, the State Department’s Office of Children’s Issues, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Mr Young previously served in Frankfurt, Baghdad, Buenos Aires, and Chicago. He was also part of the Secretary of State’s Protective Detail.

3-Hour Workshop: Saturday, Oct. 21

Building Relationships with Law Enforcement to Better Understand and Deal with Child Protection Issues


The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is the most widely represented U.S. law enforcement agency in the world with over 2000 special agents working in over 170 countries. Through its Criminal Investigative Liaison Branch, DSS provides security guidance, briefings, and law enforcement support to the Office of Overseas Schools on matters pertaining to student safety, child protection, and law enforcement coordination.

The abuse and exploitation of children is a global problem that continues to evolve and grow. Despite the significant resources that international schools invest to provide their students a safe and caring learning environment, collaboration is critical to ensuring that educators have the help they need to protect children from these threats.

DSS’s worldwide presence makes it a valuable partner and information resource for international schools on matters of child protection. As such, Mr Jess will offer advice on how partnering with law enforcement, NGOs, and others can bolster school protection programs.

Target Audience: School Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, hiring managers. Any member of the school community with direct access to children, and involved in drafting and implementing student safety and security policies.

Continuum Level: 1 = Developing Awareness (curious about learning more, seeking to understand, information gathering)

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3-Hour Workshop: Sunday, Oct. 22

Protecting Students in the Digital Age


Digital technology is a part of everyday life, and with it come risks to the students who use it and who have never known a world without it. However, there are significant challenges for the educators responsible for protecting children under their care as they struggle to keep up with and fully understand the ways digital technology is being used to harrass, exploit, and harm children.

Predators and other malicious actors will often focus their attention on schools in order to identify and contact unwitting children for their nefarious purposes. Therefore, it is crucial that educators understand the techniques and tactics used to target children online.

During this workshop, Mr Jess will offer insights on how to protect students in the digital age. His discussion will cover the most common forms of harrassment and exploitation, including sextortion, current trends in online child enticement, and how offenders keep children from telling.

Target Audience: School Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, hiring managers. Any member of the school community with direct access to children, and involved in drafting and implementing student safety and security policies.

Continuum Level: 1 = Developing Awareness (curious about learning more, seeking to understand, information gathering)

NESA's Learning Continuum:

Learn more about how NESA plans Professional Learning
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