TRAINING2020 New Mexico Advanced SANE Conference – Pediatric Focus

We are happy to announce that this year’s New Mexico Advanced SANE Conference will take place on a virtual platform due to COVID-19 restrictions. The conference will be a combination of two live streaming presentations on June 5, 2020 (OPEN TO ALL PARTICIPANTS), and five prerecorded webinars FOR SANE AND SANE PROGRAM STAFF ONLY will be available between June 4 and June 18, 2020. Live streaming is capped at 95 attendees. SANE nurses and staff have PRIORITY. Registration is FREE!

We have great presenters and topics this year, including:

  • Live streaming on June 5, 2020 with national presenter Rita Farrell, Zero Abuse Project:
    • Forensic Interviewing Children with Disabilities 9:00 – 10:30 AM
    • Break 10:30 – 10:45 AM
    • Playing Nice in the Sandbox—Developing Effective MDTs 10:45 – 12:45 PM
  • FOR SANE AND SANE PROGRAM STAFF ONLY — Pre-recorded webinars available to view June 4 – 18:
    • The Deferred Child Sex Abuse Medical Evaluation, MaryAnne Chavez, FNP, MSN, SANE-P
    • The Dynamics of Sexual Predation on Children, David Lisak, PhD
    • There’s more than a Hymen: Overview of Physical Injuries for Pediatric SANEs, Leslie Strickler, DO, FAAP
    • Objection! Hearsay and Confrontation Clause Issues for SANE Nurses Testifying in Child Sexual Assault Cases, John Sugg, JD, District Attorney, 12th Judicial District
    • Trial Preparation: Making the most of your SANE exam for the youngest patients, kids, Lisa Trabaudo JD

CEUs pending

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Rita Farrell serves as the Director of the ChildFirst® program of the Zero Abuse Project. Rita has been in the field for more than 20 years and manages the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Training Program, ChildFirst® Arkansas state program, and the development of advanced training courses and programs for forensic interviewers. Rita is a certified law enforcement instructor and provides training and technical assistance for child protection professionals. Rita currently conducts forensic interviews and has interviewed more than 1,500 children. She serves as an expert witness on child sexual abuse, authored many peer reviewed articles specific to forensic interviewing and has trained nationally since 2005 on issues relating to child maltreatment and forensic interviewing. Rita graduated from Ball State University with a degree in secondary education and was the founding executive director of Chaucie’s Place, a Child Advocacy Center in Hamilton County, Indiana. As a national trainer, Rita continues to champion the cause of child advocacy and the field of forensic interviewing.

MaryAnne Chavez, FNP, MSN, SANE-P, is a native New Mexican and has been a nurse since 1997. She began working as a Forensic Nurse with the Albuquerque SANE Collaborative in 2010 and became a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2015. She worked in primary care and transitioned to a full-time provider with the University of NM’s Para Los Ninos Clinic where she provides medical evaluations to children and teens when there are concerns for sexual abuse or assault. She has completed over 800 specialized forensic exams to date. She works as an instructor with the NMCSAP and is now beginning to train with the University’s Child Abuse Response Team. She stays active in the nursing community by continuing to work in the hospice and urgent care settings as well as with Albuquerque SANE. MaryAnne expects to graduate with a post-master’s certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Spring 2021, with which she can continue to help children recover from the consequences of abuse by also supporting their mental health needs.

Dr. David Lisak is a researcher and forensic consultant who for 30+ years has studied the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence. His work has focused on the long-term effects of sexual abuse in men, the relationship between child abuse and violence, and the motives and characteristics of rapists. Dr. Lisak received his Ph.D. from Duke University and for 23 years served on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he taught and conducted and supervised research. His research has been published in leading scientific journals, and he was the founding editor of the journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity. Dr. Lisak now serves as a consultant to judicial, prosecutor and law enforcement education programs across the country, and frequently serves as an expert witness in homicide and sexual assault cases. Dr. Lisak is a founding member of 1in6, a non-profit agency that serves men who were sexually abused as children. Himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Dr. Lisak founded the Bristlecone Project ( and directed the documentary, The Bristlecone Project: Men Overcoming Sexual Abuse.

Leslie Strickler DO, FAAP is a professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where she works as a child abuse pediatrician. She serves as the medical director of the Child Abuse Response Team (CART) and executive director/interim medical director of the Para los Ninos Program. CART provides medical evaluations of children who are alleged victim of physical abuse or neglect. Para los Ninos provides medical evaluation of children who are alleged victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse. Dr. Strickler attended medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (1999-2003) and completed her pediatrics residency at the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital (2003 -2006). She is board certified in general pediatrics and child abuse pediatrics, and frequently serves as an expert witness in civil and criminal legal proceedings relating to child maltreatment. 

District Attorney John P. Sugg is the chief law enforcement officer for Lincoln and Otero Counties. He began his career as a prosecutor in the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Bernalillo County) in 2007. As the Repeat Offender Prosecutor, John prosecuted some of the New Mexico’s most dangerous offenders. His work resulted in over 400 criminal offenders being sentenced to prison from 2008 to 2011. In 2009, the New Mexico District Attorneys’ Association recognized John as the Rookie Prosecutor of the Year for the State of New Mexico. After leaving his position as the ROP attorney, John worked as a gang prosecutor, and later supervised the Community Crimes Division. In 2013, John accepted a job as the Deputy District Attorney in charge of supervising the Lincoln Office of the Twelfth Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Otero and Lincoln Counties), where he prosecuted all violent felonies occurring in Lincoln County and was named Prosecutor of the Year for the Twelfth Judicial District in 2013. In November 2016, John won the general election as Twelfth Judicial District Attorney and he is serving his first full term in that capacity. John received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminology (summa cum laude), and his Juris Doctorate (magna cum laudeOrder of the Coif) from the University of New Mexico.

Lisa TrabaudoJD was a former child abuse prosecutor in the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 26½ years, prosecuting cases involving adult offenders who sexually and physically victimized children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She retired in May, 2016, and for the past two years has worked as a contract attorney on screening the rape kit backlog. During this time she has also been a contract attorney for the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, mentoring prosecutors around the state and providing training on sexual assault prosecution issues. Lisa graduated from law school in 1987, and is a licensed attorney in New Mexico.

This project was supported by subgrant # 2020-WF-622 awarded by the NMCVRC for the STOP Formula Grant Program. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in the training are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NMCVRC or the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.