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Seminar Title:  
Human Trafficking Investigations

DATES:  10/5/2020 through 10/7/2020

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Melissa Maranville

LOCATION:  Caernarvon Township Police Department - 3307 Main Street, Morgantown, PA  19543

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn - Morgantown, PA  
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Melissa Maranville is the Founder/CEO of DeVille and Associates, a public safety training agency located in Knoxville, TN, where she has been researching and developing law enforcement education and training content focusing on topics such as human and sex trafficking, and cryptocurrency and the dark web.

Melissa comes with over 25 years’ law enforcement experience in educating, training, development, presenting, and lecturing.

A former law enforcement officer, Melissa is experienced in crime scene investigation and time-since-death, as well as a former criminal justice and criminology college professor. In 2000, Melissa assisted in training and educating the FBI’s Evidence Response Team in crime scene collection of human remains at the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropological Research Facility, the Body Farm. It is here where Melissa began her career path and passion of becoming an expert on human/sex trafficking and sex crimes working alongside Dr. Bill Bass.

Since then, Melissa has become an avid speaker and trainer for police academies, educating on human and sex trafficking and how to identify trafficking during routine traffic stops and investigations. On several occasions, Melissa was invited to speak and present at the Department of Homeland Security’s training division in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Mass Fatalities and Counter Terrorism; as well as the College of Forensic Psychology on expert witness courtroom testimony regarding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, in San Diego, California. In addition, Melissa has completed training at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and The University of North Carolina.

During Melissa’s college professor days, she researched, developed and taught many courses in criminal justice, criminology, victimology, mass fatalities, terrorism, and organized crime. It was during this time that Melissa developed a passion for understanding the criminal mind focusing on organized crimes that fund terrorism, such as human and sex trafficking. In understanding the Future of the Criminal Mind, Melissa began developing content and training programs in Cryptocurrency and the Dark Web for an INTERPOL training initiative, including webinars with the first of its kind to be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Melissa is currently a PhD candidate in Cognitive Psychology at Grand Canyon University, where her research and dissertation has focused on sex crimes and sex offenders in relation to recidivism rates looking at the United States’ sex offender registration program and how to educate law enforcement agencies on reducing repeat offending. Melissa also holds a master’s degree in Public Health and Safety from the University of Tennessee focusing on mass fatalities and terrorism.

Lastly, Melissa holds many recognitions, including Psi Chi National Honorary Society, Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Recognition of research on “Violence Against Women in the South” from Spellman College, Nominated for Distinguished Faculty Member for five consecutive years, and a Letter of Commendation from Knox County Sheriff’s Dept. Knoxville, Tennessee for dedicated work on sex offender cases in conjunction with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations.

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Course Objectives

Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes today. Modern Day Slavery is a criminal industry that averages $150 billion dollars worldwide. Human trafficking, labor and sex trafficking, is prevalent in the United States. A staggering 24.9 million people are being robbed of their freedom and basic human dignity. Law Enforcement Officers may encounter a human trafficking situation during a routine traffic stop affording officers, the opportunity to rescue a trafficking victim. As well as investigators may overcome evidence of trafficking during a different case investigation. This course will focus on both forms of trafficking: human and sex trafficking while looking at difference scenarios and case studies to understand and learn about modern day slavery and the modern-day criminal mind. Upon Completion: Participants will be able to:
  • 1. Gain general education on labor and sex trafficking in the U.S.
  • 2. Understand the basic characteristics of victims and perpetrators
  • a. How to identify victims and their perpetrators
  • 3. Learn about the relationship between prostitution and domestic minor sex trafficking (DMT)
  • 4. The underground world
  • 5. Learn about the modern-day criminal mind and trafficking
  • a. Technology
  • b. Dark Web
  • 6. Understanding and uncovering trafficking operations
  • 7. Discuss case studies: both domestic and international
  • 8. What to look for during routine traffic stops
  • a. Including investigations
  • 9. Understand challenges officers must overcome
  • a. Legal barriers
  • b. Cultural barriers
  • c. Search and Seizure: Warrants and Subpoenas
  • 10. How to build bridges amongst agencies
  • a. Teamwork
  • 11. Learn about the future of trafficking and what can be done

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