City Attorney Carmen Trutanich hosted a Meet and Greet/Roundtable Discussion with more than 40 representatives from City and County Child Abuse Agencies.
The City Attorney, along with Tracy Webb, Managing Attorney for the Crime Prevention and Youth Protection Division and Director of Child Abuse Policy, Earl Thomas, Chief of the Criminal and Special Operations Branch and Maureen Siegel, Deputy Chief, Criminal and Special Litigation met with a wide variety of city and county child abuse experts to discuss prosecution and prevention issues important to the community and to examine how we can focus more resources on collaborative and partnership efforts to protect children. In attendance for the event were:
Deanne Tilton-Durfee, Edie Schulman and Cathy Walsh from the Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect;
Eric Marts, Xiomara Flores-Holguin and Emilio Mendoza from DCFS;
Nancy Hayes and Erin Kelley - UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital;
Vince Neglia and Moses Castillo from LAPD's Abused Child Unit;
Marge Graf, General Counsel from the Los Angeles Archdiocese
and Suzanne Healy, Los Angeles Archdiocese Victim Assistance
Monika McCoy, PhD - Los Angeles Community Child Abuse Councils;
Assistant US Attorney Sally Meloch;
James Owens from the County Counsel's Office;
Bill Dworin, Retired LAPD Detective and coordinator of "It's Not a Secret;"
Sue Spears from LAUSD
Carol Baker, Ruel Nolledo and Mayra Gomez from First 5 LA, Laura Romero and Maria Velez from LA Universal Preschool;
Victoria Adams and Pam Booth from the LA County District Attorney's Office;
Rosemarie Belda, Lead Attorney of the LA County Children's Special Investigation Unit, Attorney Richard Schwab, Michael Pines, PhD, Marie Russell, MD - LAC+USC Hospital and Debi Biederman from the LA City Domestic Violence Council and Mara Abrams from the Remedee Foundation.