TRAININGSex Crimes Prosecution In New Mexico: Best Practices in State and Tribal Prosecution, Skills and Practice for Expert Witnesses

Join us for this 2-day training event. Three tracks of information will be provided by state and national experts to address cases of sex crimes perpetrated against adults and children. Tracks include one for tribal prosecutors, one for state prosecutors, and one for clinicians seeking to become expert witnesses.

~Free registration
~New Mexico state, tribal, and federal prosecutors, traveling more than 50 miles outside of Albuquerque, are eligible for up to two nights hotel reimbursement (nights of Wednesday 2/19 and Thursday, 2/20 only) at the group rate and/or mileage reimbursement (one round trip)
~Clinicians and very experienced advocates traveling from more than 50 miles outside of Albuquerque, are eligible for up to two nights hotel reimbursement (nights of Wednesday 2/19 and Thursday, 2/20 only) at the group rate and/or mileage reimbursement (one round trip).
~MCLE accredited
~Three tracks:  Expert Witness Training, Tribal Prosecutors, State Prosecutors
~Link: pending

National Trainers:
Robert J. Peters, Esq. Robert J. Peters is the Senior Attorney of the Zero Abuse Project, where he develops and delivers state-of-the-art training and comprehensive technical assistance to prosecutors and child abuse multidisciplinary team members on crimes against children.

Previously, Robert worked as the Senior Cyber and Economic Crime Attorney & General Counsel with the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), where his efforts included providing subject matter expertise on topics and trainings related to child abuse, human trafficking, and Internet-facilitated child exploitation, and acting as lead instructor for NW3C’s Judges & Prosecutors courses.

Mr. Peters served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Marion and Hampshire counties in West Virginia, as well as Special Prosecutor in multiple statewide jurisdictions where he specialized in the prosecution of sexual offenses, civil child abuse and neglect cases, and juvenile crime. Peters started and ended his tenure in Marion County with the jury trial and conviction of sexual predators.

In addition to his prosecutorial experience, Robert authored several child protection-related articles in peer-reviewed publications, including the Florida Journal of International Law, Handbook on Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan, and Christian Ethics Today. While in law school, Peters clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Virginia.

Mr. Peters served on the faculty of the 34th International Symposium on Child Abuse, where he developed and co-presented training involving the investigation and prosecution of child abuse perpetrated in the context of faith communities. Prior to serving as prosecutor, Robert designed comprehensive child protection policies for numerous entities including educational institutions, churches, and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Peters is founder and Chairman of the SHIELD Task Force, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that partners with Child Advocacy Centers and local stakeholders to encourage reporting of sexual abuse and online safety. This initiative has brought age-appropriate abuse prevention education to thousands of school-aged children and numerous civic and community groups. Mr. Peters also serves on the WV Child Advocacy Network (WVCAN) Board of Directors and WV Human Trafficking Task Force. In 2019, Robert received the WV State Police Center for Children’s Justice Extra Mile Award for demonstrated professional leadership and personal commitment in going the Extra Mile on behalf of children and families.

Jonathan Kurland. Prior to joining AEquitas, Jonathan worked for sixteen years as a prosecutor in the District Attorney’s Office in Berks County, Pennsylvania, serving as Chief Deputy District Attorney, Chief of Trials, and Assistant District Attorney. For five years he supervised prosecutions involving intimate partner violence, sexual violence, child abuse and fatalities, and grand jury investigations. Throughout his career, he has successfully prosecuted domestic violence homicides, campus sexual assaults, cold case sexual assaults, intimate partner violence, stalking, child pornography and exploitation, child abuse and molestation, and human trafficking. Jonathan has extensive experience working with multidisciplinary partners, including victim advocacy and medical professionals. He served as the office representative for the STOP program, multidisciplinary investigative team, and other community-based collaborative efforts.

In addition to his trial and supervisory experience, Jonathan served for two years in the appellate unit. He was assigned as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for Berks County, where he served as liaison to multiple agencies to facilitate federal adoption of prosecutions involving complex criminal enterprises and violent career criminals. He also served as adjunct faculty at Alvernia University, where he taught courses in the Criminal Justice Department.

Before coming to Berks County, Jonathan worked for two years as an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Prior to that position, he served as a judicial law clerk in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas where he assisted the Court sitting over Criminal, Civil, Family, and Orphans’ Court divisions.

Jonathan received his undergraduate degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 1997. He is an active member of the Pennsylvania bar. He is admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Jonathan is based in Berks County, Pennsylvania.

Topics:

  • Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse Cases
  • Special Problems in Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions
  • Needs Assessment and Training Planning for Tribal Prosecutors
  • Pleadings Practice in Tribal Court
  • The Consent Defense
    Alcohol/Drug Facilitated Sexual Violence Prosecution
    Effective Use of Expert Witnesses
  • Confidential Case Consultation with experienced prosecutors- State and Tribal consultants
  • Confidential Group Discussion of Case Issues
  • How to Be an Effective Expert Witness
  • Practice Testimony for Expert Witnesses


NM Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Room Block (special group rate of $96.00/night + taxes/fees) – Courtyard by Marriott Albuquerque at 5151 Journal Center Blvd., Albuquerque, NM.

Room block for the nights of 2/19/20 and 2/20/20
Book your room online at: Book your group rate for NM Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs or call 505-823-1919 and ask for NM Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs special group rate of $96.00 USD per night (book by 1/28/20).

NMCSAP encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call (505) 883-8020 or email Carla at carlago@swcp.com in advance of your participation.

This project is supported by subgrant 2020-WF-624 awarded by the NMCVRC for the STOP Formula Grant Program and NM CYFD Contract #20-690-5000-19680 under the Children’s Justice Act. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in the publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NMCVRC, NMCYFD, or the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.