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116 Lt Joseph E Laramie Ret

116 Lt Joseph E Laramie Ret

Lt. Joseph E. Laramie, ret.   Program Manager  National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College. Joe has been involved in combatting crimes against children for over three decades in senior law enforcement positions.

He is a Program Manager with the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College working in the Missing and Exploited Children’s and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Training and Technical Assistance Programs.  He retired from the Glendale, Missouri Police Department, with more than 30 years of child protection, investigation and training experience.  During his time with Glendale PD he was a child abuse investigator, created the Greater St. Louis ICAC Task Force, and became the founding Commander of the Missouri ICAC Task Force.  He later was an Administrator with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, with responsibility for online crimes against children, human trafficking and the computer forensic lab.  He served as a subject matter expert on the Missouri Governor’s Cyberbullying Task Force, the Missouri Task Force for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Child Sex Trafficking Training Project.  He is currently serving on the Tennessee DCS Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Committee, and the Board of Directors for the Davis House, a Child Advocacy Center in his home of Franklin, TN.

We talk of the evolution of safeguarding children, the attitudes and the misconceptions that existed and the myriad of challenges that face colleagues today.

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115 Human Traffiking. Follow the Money.

115 Human Traffiking. Follow the Money.

ATII stands for the Anti Human Traffiking Intelligence Initiative  a non profit organisation promoting corporate responsibility,awareness raising,intelligence integration,technical advancement and data collaboration.SAM GRABER is the chief Communications Officer of ATII

We talk of the importance of identifying supply chains in traffiking situations and how front line workers can learn from financial analysts. 

Dr. Samantha Graber comes from a holistic healthcare background and has solidified her niche within the ATII team. She comes to ATII with not only an uncanny skill for looking at complex problems holistically, she brings with her a wealth of personal experience navigating the human trafficking world through “boots on the ground” volunteering and tactical strategy. Samantha has completed the US Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Investigative Response to Child Sex Trafficking course which gives her a unique perspective into law enforcement’s response to this egregious criminal network. This blend of experiences will keep ATII mission-centered and vision-driven in combatting all forms of human traffiking.

Dr. Samantha Graber was an active clinician for over 25 years during which she saw how preventable problems spiral out of control when the core issues are not identified and corrected. This is how ATII. she views the scourge of human trafficking. Samantha will work to unify the anti-human trafficking community through her work at ATII.

I plan to follow up this podcast with a second after March 11th onlineSummit  a packed day of information and education with panels of expert speakers. ( an audience of 1600 already booked )

My thanks , as always , to  for their help on the technical side of this podcast.

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114 Children’s Hospice South West

114 Children’s Hospice South West

I talk with Laura Robertson from Children’s Hospice South West about how we offer end of life care to our young children and their families.

Laura joined Children’s Hospice South West back in June 2017 after many years of fundraising for both small and large charities. A career that that she did not anticipate when graduating from University of Plymouth with a Theatre degree over 10 years ago, but one that is filled with highs, lows, daily challenges and so much to be thankful for. “What I love so much about my job is getting to meet so many people from different walks of life and knowing that the work that I am doing is making a real difference to local people.

Social isolation is not new to families caring for children with life-limiting conditions. Many are used to long hospital stays far from home, long periods of illness preventing normal daily activities, being unable to attend school due to health needs, and sacrificing social interactions due to care needs.

But the Covid lockdown has brought many new and often terrifying challenges to these families, many of whom have seen care packages fall away and their wider support networks disappear in the wake of the global pandemic.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), which looks after 500 families around the South West, has had to adapt its care model to continue providing the lifeline support the charity has offered since 1995.

Because of the significant risks and the vulnerability of children, routine respite stays at the three hospices – Charlton Farm in North Somerset, Little Bridge House in Devon, and Little Harbour in Cornwall – have been cancelled. But the hospices remain open for emergency and end-of-life care and the charity has developed a ‘hospice, home and virtual’ model to be able to continue caring for families wherever they are and whenever they need it most.

“We try to make the most of every single moment and make memories that we will treasure always”

We have supported children in their homes providing night shifts when care packages in the community have fallen apart, enabling families to step in and care for their children in the morning. We have also been providing care for community children’s nurses, cover over weekends and evenings. Our care teams have been visiting families on doorsteps giving food parcels and lots of virtual support, including a virtual sibling and bereavement groups.

CHSW needs around £11m a year to run its three children’s hospices and around 85 per cent is raised through voluntary donations.

Find out more at or contact Laura at


Thanks as always to for technical support

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