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2022 Events

1) Webinar on The FBI's Role in Human Trafficking was held on Monday 1/31/2022 at 6:30PM:


January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and our Chapter sponsored an informative webinar to learn more about the FBI's role in combatting human trafficking. 
 
Human trafficking is the illegal exploitation of a person. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking, and it can occur in any U.S. community, this includes cities, suburbs, and even rural areas. The FBI works human trafficking cases under its Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Program and takes a trauma informed, victim-centered approach to investigating these cases.
 
The goal of this webinar is to help attendees learn more about protecting their children, victim warning signs to look out for, and how to report incidents the
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733. NHTRC is a national, toll-free hotline, with specialists available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also submit a tip on the NHTRC website.
 
Opening Remarks: Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski
Assistance and Resources for Victims Presenters:
Special Agent Ashley Belcher- Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Squad
Victim Specialist Elizabeth Appleton
Victim Specialist Seirra Thomas



2) Webinar on Virtual Faith-Based Awareness Briefing was held on Thursday, March 31, 2022 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

As a country, we’ve all too often witnessed attacks on houses of worship. The January 15, 2022, hostage incident at the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, not only serves as a stark reminder of that, but it also highlights the importance of working together to mitigate these attacks and being proactive in keeping our houses of worship safe. The FBI Baltimore Field Office and resident agencies frequently connect with faith-based communities and are committed to working together to keep our communities safe. The FBI Baltimore Field Office leadership discussed international/domestic terrorism, hate crimes, victim services, and crisis response, highlighting resources and important considerations should an incident occur. 


3) Elder Fraud Webinar 1: May 25th, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US) 


In recognition of May as Older Americans Month, May 15th as National Senior Fraud Awareness Day, and June 15th as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day please join The FBI Baltimore Citizens Academy Alumni Association Chapter for upcoming Elder Fraud Webinars on Wednesday May 25th at 6:30 PM and Wednesday, June 15th at 6:30 PM for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The latest IC3 Elder Fraud 2021 reports that victims over the age of 60 lost $1.7 Billion and the average dollar loss per victim was $18,246! In Maryland victims over 60 lost over $37 Million and there were over $7 Million in reported losses in Delaware. Though older adults on average lose more money to fraud than other age groups, they are still the least likely age group to report that loss.

This recent article from the FBI illustrates that fraud can happen to anyone, Former FBI Director Airs Warning About Elder Fraud with a Public Service Announcement Reminds Seniors and Their Loved Ones to Be Vigilant.

Opening Remarks: Mike Kelley, President FBI Baltimore Citizens Academy Alumni Association 
Guest Presenter: FBI Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Keith Custer FBI Baltimore Squad C-2, Complex Financial Crime


For members interested in viewing the May 25th  recording or June 15th recording please send a message through the Contact page to obtain the password.