Confidentiality in Collaborative Settings: Building Relationships with Each Other & Survivors
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), and ICF Incorporated, in collaboration with the Alabama Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance, hosted a webinar on this topic on Wednesday, July 26th, 2023. This webinar is a part of IACP/Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)'s Enhanced Collaborative Model (ECM) Task Force training catalog.
This webinar will help participants better be able to:
•Define confidentiality, privilege, and informed consent;
•Understand “the why” and “the how” these legal and ethical principles exist for investigators, prosecutors, and service providers;
•Discuss why it’s important to comprehend each party’s confidentiality rules in a multi-disciplinary team in any given case; and
•Provide practical examples and tools for approaching partners when seeking information.
This webinar was produced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police under Cooperative Agreement #2020-VT-BX-K002, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this webinar are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Special Agent, Human Trafficking Investigator
Alabama Attorney Generals Office, Alabama Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance
Cameron started her law enforcement career in the summer of 2009. Prior to Law Enforcement, Cameron worked in pre-hospital emergency care as a paramedic since 2001. Cameron obtained her associate degree in science in 2011 from Southern Union State Community College. Cameron was promoted to patrol sergeant at Lanett Police Department in 2012 and then moved on to Tallapoosa County Sheriff Office in 2014 where she was promoted to the position of criminal investigator in 2016. Cameron continued to work hand in hand with community members, and non-government organizations; providing community-based training on awareness of human trafficking to include continuing education classes for hospital nurse staff. Cameron worked in close partnership with the Alabama Fusion Center and State Bureau Investigators, investigating several incidents of human trafficking. She represented Tallapoosa County Sheriff Office as the MDT -Team member at the Tri-County Child Advocacy Center, and on the Human Trafficking Task Force of the Middle District of Alabama. Cameron was recruited in November 2020 to join the Homeland Security Investigations as a Task Force Officer in the fight against human trafficking. Cameron continued to work closely with those whose common aim was to do something that would affect the local and state community and cause a positive change, empowering them with tools, resources, and mentorship to attain the suitable practices in investigating and prosecuting human trafficking cases of all forms.
Human Trafficking Outreach Coordinator, Survivor Services Coordinator
Family Sunshine Center, Alabama Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance
Jennie Tice currently serves as the Family Sunshine Center (FSC)’s Human Trafficking Outreach Coordinator. In that role, she coordinates victim and survivor services for the Alabama Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance ("Alliance"), a federally funded, multi-disciplinary, collaborative task force. At FSC, Jennie served as the Human Trafficking Case Manager when their emergency shelter opened and developed the economic empowerment program in the domestic violence shelter prior to that.
Jennie first began her advocacy career in 2003 after graduating from Auburn University with a B.A. in Psychology. After working for non-profit domestic violence agencies and focusing on legal advocacy, she accepted a position as a Victim Witness Advocate in the Atlanta District Attorney's Office. There she served as a system-based advocate working with felony crime victims and witnesses in a variety of cases such as death penalty, serial rape, cold cases, child abuse, human trafficking, and gang. This enabled her to advocate for thousands of survivors from a diverse set of backgrounds, circumstances, victimizations, and traumas using a survivor-centered, trauma-informed lens. It opened her up to different perspectives of the professionals working within the criminal justice system and those she served.
Erin Wirsing (Moderator)
Project Roadmap ICF, Inc.
Erin Knowles Wirsing, MSW, provides technical assistance to federally funded human trafficking task forces through Project Roadmap at ICF. Since 2006, Erin has managed programs providing direct services to persons experiencing trafficking in Chicago and Central Florida. She was a core team member in the initiation of a pilot multi-disciplinary task force in Chicago, working to ensure persons experiencing trafficking were provided options for exit. Erin is skilled in trauma-informed care and person-centered approaches to services. She is an expert in networking, building collaboration and program development. Erin has a long history of providing training, support and consultation for professionals, families, and community groups.