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NESA Fall Leadership Conference 2019

Peggy Woodard, Ryan Foreman & Joe Fonseca

Forensic Interviewer & Consultant

International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children

PEGGY WOODARD is a Forensic Interviewer and Consultant at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. She is a graduate of the Florida State University School of Criminology. Ms Woodard was a criminal defense investigator with Georgia’s Northern Circuit Public Defender’s Office and later graduated from the Florida Police Academy and worked in child sex crimes investigations.

Ms. Woodard retired from the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) and acted as DFCS Liaison to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, working jointly with their medical child protection team and other hospital staff to assess cases of suspected child abuse and neglect. She was a member of the Georgia Task Force on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.


Ms. Woodard’s 39 years of combined experience in the direct work of criminal defense investigation, child sex crimes, child welfare and broad multidisciplinary team collaboration offers an in-depth view of victims, offenders, and the partnerships needed to address child abuse and neglect.

Special Agent

Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), U.S. Department of State

RYAN FOREMAN joined the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) as a Special Agent in 2013. He is serving a two-year tour as the Department of State’s Representative to the FBI’s Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking unit. SA Foreman also serves as the Diplomatic Security’s Liaison Agent to the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of Children’s Issues, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children within Family Abductions-Hague Countries.


SA Foreman began his career at the Washington Field Office. He then managed law enforcement, safety and security programs as an Assistant Regional Security Officer in U.S. Embassies Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Southeast Asia Regional Assistant Legal Attaché

Federal Bureau of Investigation

JOE FONSECA has 20 years of experience working violent crimes against children investigations for the FBI. SA Fonseca was previously assigned to the FBI's Atlanta, Georgia, Field Office, where he served as the Crimes Against Children Coordinator. While in Atlanta, SA Fonseca created and oversaw the FBI’s largest child exploitation task force and is a founding member and former team leader of the FBI’s Child Abduction Rapid Deployment Team.


SA Fonseca has conducted investigations involving a wide array of crimes against children, including assaults on the high seas and in other countries, international parental kidnapping, child pornography, kidnapping, child prostitution and child sex tourism. Before his current assignment in Bangkok, SA Fonseca was the supervisor of the Child Sex Tourism Initiative within the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children Section in Washington, DC.

He currently serves as the FBI’s Southeast Asia Regional Assistant Legal Attaché, serving the SE Asia region on crimes against children matters.

3-Hour Workshop

Deciphering Victim Behavior and Combating the Overseas Sexual Exploitation of Children

Connect & Engage

Subject matter experts will address childhood sexual abuse through the lens of victim and offender. A forensic interviewer will use case study to illustrate the process of disclosure and the needs of the victim. From a law enforcement perspective, Special Agents from Diplomatic Security and the FBI who are proactively involved in combating the overseas sexual exploitation of children provide their insights, warning signs and steps to successfully protect students from sexual abuse.


Participants will learn how victim trauma impacts victim behavior, the prevalence of abuse and false allegations, and the difference between credibility and believability. The presenters will provide participants with information on how offenders operate, what to look for, and how to respond to suspicion and allegations. Participants will explore how information should be gathered when responding to child protection concerns involving adults.

Reflect & Apply

Participants will review cases and work through appropriate response as outlined in the ITFCP allegation protocol. Bias will be addressed as will myths and realities about victims and offenders in child sexual abuse cases.


Participants will:

• identify grooming behavior and student vulnerabilities.
• understand the disclosure process and the importance of question formation.
• understand the need to know national child protection laws and how to address allegations appropriately.
• understand the role of law enforcement and how to secure evidence in the event of a criminal case.
• evaluate child protection cases with experts from the law enforcement and forensic interviewing fields.

Target Audience:

All child serving professionals.

Continuum Levels:

1, 2, 3

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