11th Annual Child Abuse Symposium

11th Annual Child Abuse Symposium

At Georgia Southwestern State University – Student Success Center

Americus, Georgia
Thursday, April 14, 2022





General Assembly, Welcome and Remarks
Rucker Smith – Chief Superior Court Judge of the Southwestern Judicial Circuit


Session 1: Describe the gangs effecting Southwest Georgia youth. Identify the tactics used to
recruit youth as well as the impact. Address the prosecution of these cases.
Lindsay Gardner – Managing Attorney, Legal Division, Georgia Bureau of Investigation




Session 2: Define the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study and types of poly-
victimization. Discuss the total bio-psycho-social impact on children and communities regarding
ACEs and poly-victimization. Use of the ACEs quiz in conjunction with trauma informed
therapy approaches.
Amy Hutsell – Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Unit Program Director,
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council


Transition to Private Dining Hall

12:30- 1:15

Lunch: The importance of documentation, as so many cases are hard to prosecute with reluctant
and/or unreliable witnesses. Also, review new court procedures and what to expect as in-person
court has recently resumed.
Lewis Lamb – District Attorney, Southwestern Judicial Circuit


Presentation of Service Awards
Nikki Still – Director, Lighthouse Children’s Advocacy Center


Transition back to Student Success Center


Session 3: This training has been developed to provide attendees with an understanding of the
functionality and operations of the Georgia Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System (SAKTS) as it
pertains to their agency type.
Rebecca Arnold – Planning and Policy Development, Sexual Assault Unit, Criminal Justice
Coordinating Council


Break: Cookies and Coffee


Session 4: History of National ICAC Program. Discuss Georgia ICAC Task Force (host agency
and affiliated agencies). Explore types of investigations. Case studies/best practices for
responding to child exploitation complaints.
Brian Johnston – Commander, Georgia ICAC Task Force, Child Exploitation and Computer
Crimes Unit, Georgia Bureau of Investigation


Closing: Dr. Neal Weaver – President of Georgia Southwestern State University