La Crosse Child Maltreatment Conference

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April 14-15, 2016 Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Presented by: Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare, Mayo Clinic and the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center

This nationally recognized conference addresses strategies the multidisciplinary team can use to intervene when child maltreatment is reported, collaborate with community and family to protect children, and ensure justice for child victims of abuse/neglect.

Our conference will be of special interest to front-line child abuse professionals including:

  • child advocacy center staff
  • child protection workers
  • law enforcement
  • prosecutors
  • forensic interviewers>
  • medical and mental health professionals
  • school personnel
  • emergency response personnel>
  • victim/witness advocates

View printer friendly conference brochure and printable registration form (4MB PDF)

Plenary Session Speakers:

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, has worked directly with trauma survivors for over 28 years. She has trained a wide variety of people, including zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, and private practice doctors. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally. Laura is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure.

Madison Police Detective Maya Krajcinovic and Dane County (Wisconsin) Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser will present a case study titled “ Escape from Torture: a Young Girl's Story.” On February 6, 2012, a 16 year old girl escaped from her home, barefoot and wearing only pajamas. The subsequent investigation revealed years of torture as she was confined to the unfinished basement of her home for nearly six years. During her confinement, she suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse as well as being denied an education, basic needs, food and contact with other people. This case review will show how the investigation uncovered thousands of pages of documentation that created a timeline of false statements and deception of the family as well as the numerous agencies, including police, social service, schools, medical and mental health, that had contact with her. You will be shown the investigative techniques and interviews, as well as the legal hurdles and trial strategies that were implemented in three subsequent trials that led to the successful prosecutions of her father, stepmother and stepbrother.

Do you know an advocate for children who goes above and beyond? 
Nominate him/her for the Ken Kolb “Great Kids Start with You” Award
The Ken Kolb Award recognizes an advocate for children and their families in our community who has demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and forward thinking with a commitment to protecting children and strengthening families as well as contributing to improving the well-being of our community at large.

La Crosse, Wis. is a historic, vibrant city of 50,000 people nestled between bluffs and the Mississippi River. Educational, recreational and cultural opportunities flourish. Spring is a beautiful season in which to enjoy all that La Crosse has to offer – hiking, fishing, shopping, theater productions, museums and more. Learn more at

Rooms have been reserved at the Radisson Hotel for conference attendees. Please contact the hotel directly for rate information and to reserve your room, indicating that you are attending the Child Maltreatment Conference.