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Child Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation: A Multidisciplinary Response

Presented by Jordan Greenbaum, M.D., Director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s Global Child Health and Well Being Initiative


The plethora of needs of trafficked and sexually exploited persons extend beyond the capacity of any single agency or service provider. A multidisciplinary team model of investigation and treatment for child abuse and neglect has proven to be successful and can be very useful in the field of human trafficking.

In this presentation Dr. Jordan Greenbaum, Director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children’s Global Child Health and Well Being Initiative, will discuss child and adult sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children.

She will focus on risk factors, common indicators, and challenges to the identification of trafficked persons. She will discuss the impact of complex trauma and traumatic stress on trafficked persons and then evaluate the advantages of a trauma-informed approach to working with survivors. Finally, she will describe common survivor needs and ways a multidisciplinary team can work together to meet them.

Panelists will also include key members of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force:

  • Dwayne Angebrandt, Supervisory Special Agent, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • Sergeant Juan Reveles, Anaheim Police Department
  • Daniel Varon, Deputy District Attorney, Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, Orange County District Attorney’s Office

This event is approved for 1.5 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.


Date: Thursday, July 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
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Jordan Greenbaum, M.D.

Director, Global Child Health and Well Being Initiative
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine
Staff Physician, Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Jordan Greenbaum is a child abuse physician from the United States who received her degree from Yale School of Medicine.  She works with victims of suspected physical/sexual abuse, neglect and sex trafficking at the Stephanie Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where children receive forensic interviews regarding the suspected abuse, medical evaluations, mental health assessments and treatment.  She is a consultant for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children on their Global Health Initiative.  Jordan provides trainings on all aspects of child maltreatment for medical and nonmedical professionals working with children.  She gives trainings locally, nationally and internationally, working with child-serving professionals to prevent, identify and intervene in cases of suspected abuse and sex trafficking.

An Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) Survivor Series:

Leslie Morgan Steiner Blue ShirtFrom the Ivy League to A Gun at My Head: Inside the World of an Abuse Survivor

Presented by Leslie Morgan Steiner
New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Love

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016
Time: Book Signing: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Lecture: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. followed by a catered reception and book signing to continue from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Pacific Ballroom AB, UC Irvine (directions and parking information)
This event is free and open to the public. Parking is $10 per vehicle in the Student Center Parking Structure.

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Crazy Love CoverLeslie Morgan Steiner will be signing her book Crazy Love before and after her talk.

Her books will be available for purchase during the event.

About Leslie Morgan Steiner

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At 22, Leslie Morgan Steiner seemed to have it all: a Harvard diploma, a glamorous job at Seventeen magazine, a funky New York City apartment. Plus a handsome, funny, street-smart boyfriend who adored her. But behind a façade of success, this golden girl hid a dark secret. She’d made a mistake shared by millions: she fell in love with the wrong person.

At first Leslie and Conor seemed as perfect together as their fairytale wedding. Then came the fights she tried to ignore: he pushed her down the stairs of the house they bought together, poured coffee grinds over her hair as she dressed for a critical job interview, choked her during an argument, and threatened her with a gun. Several times, he came close to making good on his promise to kill her. With each attack, Leslie lost another piece of herself.

Gripping and utterly compelling, New York Times bestseller Crazy Love takes you inside the violent, devastating world of abusive love. Why did Leslie stay? She thought she loved him. Find out for yourself if she had fallen truly in love – or into a psychological trap.

Today, Leslie Morgan Steiner is an expert on violence against women and other women’s issues. Her TED Talk about surviving domestic violence, titled “From the Ivy League to a Gun at My Head,” has been viewed by over three million people. She serves as a celebrity board member for the One Love Foundation, in honor of slain University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love; the National Domestic Violence Hotline; Liz Claiborne’s MADE council; and a former spokeswoman for The Harriet Tubman Center in Minneapolis, the country’s oldest shelter for abused women and children.

She is a regular national television and radio guest, appearing on National Public Radio, NBC’s Today Show, The Diane Rehm Show, MSNBC, Fox News, and other programs.  She holds a BA in English from Harvard College.  Her first job was as an editor at Seventeen Magazine; she financed her MBA in Marketing from Wharton by writing for Seventeen, Mademoiselle, New England Monthly and Money Magazine.  She is a member of The UC Hastings School of Law “Wise Women” council.

She is also the editor of the anthology Mommy Wars and a former columnist for washingtonpost. com. She currently writes the Two Cents on Modern Motherhood column for  The ethics of global surrogacy is the subject of her November 2013 book, The Baby Chase, as well as a September 2014 TEDTalk.

She lives with her three children in Washington, DC.


Alive Inside: A Screening and Discussion of the Award-Winning Documentary

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Ageless Alliance: United Against Elder Abuse is a nationwide non-profit organization that actively elevates age-related issues, such as aging with dignity and elder abuse, to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness. Founded on the essential tenets of awareness, advocacy, and action, Ageless Alliance strives for collective action for the support of aging in American society.

Thanks to UCI Illuminations, the event is free and there will be refreshments afterwards. Register early as seating is limited and forward this opportunity to your friends as the film is great for ages 3 and up!

Event Details

  • When: Wednesay, April 6, 2016, 6pm – 8pm
  • Where: Crystal Cove Auditorium
  • Organizer: Julia Lupton (email)

An Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) Distinguished Lecture:

Black Women, Domestic Violence, and Paradoxical Space

Presented by Alisa Bierria
Associate Director, Center for Race and Gender
University of California, Berkeley

Date: Friday, March 11, 2016
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.

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stand_your_groundFeminist critiques of domestic violence have created lucid explanations of how gendered power relations drive patterns of violence in abusive heterosexual relationships.

Recent public debates about the racialized and gendered discrepancies of the application of “Stand Your Ground” laws have created an opportunity for stronger spatialized analyses of domestic violence, particularly in the context of the criminalization of battered women who are disproportionately black women and other women of color. Can a geopolitical analysis of domestic violence create a richer understanding of the criminalization of domestic violence survivors who act in self-defense?

In this talk, Bierra will consider the prosecution of Marissa Alexander as a case study to begin a discussion about the spatialized and racialized dimensions of domestic and state violence.

About Alisa Bierria

Alisa Bierria is the Associate Director of the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley and a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Stanford University. Alisa is a member of INCITE! and the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, and has years of experience writing, teaching, and organizing on issues of violence and redress.  She is co-editor of Community Accountability: Emerging Movements to Transform Violencea special issue of Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict, and World Order.


Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) Distinguished Lecture:

burnightWhat I Learned from Tackling 1,000 Cases of Elder Abuse

Presented by Dr. Kerry Burnight
Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, UCI School of Medicine

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.


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About Dr. Kerry Burnight

Dr. Kerry Burnight is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine.  She earned her doctorate degree from the University of Southern California in Gerontology in 1996. Burnight is the Director of the nation’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center, where she takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding elder abuse.

Burnight has received several prestigious awards, including the 2006 Rising Start of Medicine Award from Woman Sage and the 2011 Crime Victims Service Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Justice. She has also been a featured speaker on the Dr. Phil Show where she discussed her research on elder abuse.

An Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) Workshop:

5140The long shadow of trauma: Intergenerational transmission during gestation of the effects of maternal exposure to childhood trauma

Presented by Pathik D. Wadhwa, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Pediatrics
Director, UC Irvine Development, Health and Disease Research Program

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.



Exposure to childhood trauma (CT) such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse represents among the most pervasive and pernicious stressors in society. Its sequelae include adverse biological, psychological and behavioral conditions and states that may endure over the life span. Emerging evidence now suggests that the long shadow cast by childhood trauma may extend even beyond the exposed individual’s life span and be transmitted to another yet even more vulnerable population – their children. In this context, child brain development and processes related to obesity and metabolic dysfunction represent targets of particular interest. The prevailing paradigm posits that the mother-to-child transmission of the effects of maternal CT likely occurs after her child’s birth, mediated via the effects of CT-related states and behaviors such as maternal depression, reduced maternal sensitivity, or suboptimal mother-child attachment and parenting. We seek to extend this existing paradigm and advance here a trans-disciplinary, developmental framework that integrates the concepts of biological embedding of life experiences and fetal/developmental origins of health and disease. We posit this process of intergenerational transmission may start during gestation itself; that the period of embryonic/fetal life represents a particularly sensitive time window; that the developing fetal brain and peripheral metabolism represent targets of particular interest; and that maternal-placental-fetal endocrine, inflammatory, metabolic and oxytocinergic biology represent leading candidate pathways of transmission. The plausibility of our hypothesis is supported by theoretical considerations from evolutionary-developmental biology and empirical findings, including our own published and preliminary data. The presentation will elaborate on our conceptual framework, present recent findings from our on-going, prospective, cohort studies in humans about the impact of gestational conditions on the newborn and infant brain (structural and functional connectivity), body composition and metabolic function, and describe some newly-established and future directions of this work.




logan150Responding to Stalking

3-hour training for service providers in the community

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Delhi Center, Santa Ana
Instructor: Dr. TK Logan
, University of Kentucky Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research

This session will focus on tools for working with stalking victims. Anyone who works with stalking victims understands that basic safety planning is typically not designed for or very helpful to stalking victims. There has been limited focus on meaningful interventions or tools to help victims increase their safety and mental well-being in the face of stalking victimization and to help victims gain access to needed resources and to the civil and criminal justice system. This session will explore techniques for safety planning with stalking victims as well as lessons from a variety of different areas of research including threat assessment and management, brain science, psychology, and research on stalking. Dr. Logan will provide an in-depth explanation of the Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP), a research-informed safety tool that she designed to aid stalking and harassment victims. Participants will leave with tangible ideas for providing stalking victims with tools to help combat stalking and increase victim well-being.

This event is approved for 3 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.


Stalking as Coercive Control

Keynote Speaker: Dr. TK Logan

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 4:00–6:30 p.m.
Beckman Center, UC Irvine

Stalking is a risk factor for both lethal and non-lethal violence as well as increased risks of sexual assault, threats, economic harm, and victim terror. Stalking is also a public safety risk. Stalking can happen to anyone, yet coping with stalking is difficult and is often minimized, denied, and dismissed. Dr. Logan will examine how current perceptions of stalking often are misleading and harmful; introduce a new framework for understanding and assessing stalking; discuss the Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP), a safety tool she created; and provide recommendations for building better cases for charging and prosecuting stalking. Further, Dr. Logan will describe five key findings every stalking victim should know.

TK Logan, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine, and the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky, with joint appointments in Psychology, Psychiatry, Sociology, and Social Work. Her research focuses on partner stalking, human trafficking, sexual assault, protective order effectiveness, and health disparities of rural women experiencing intimate partner violence. Dr. Logan has written over 130 articles and co-authored four books. She has conducted approximately 15 different studies on partner stalking and has some of the most extensive information about stalking in the nation. Dr. Logan created the Stalking and Harassment Assessment and Risk Profile (SHARP), a research-informed safety tool designed to aid stalking and harassment victims. She also recently completed a comprehensive national study regarding the effectiveness of civil protective orders and the costs and cost-benefit of protective orders. Dr. Logan’s books include: Women and Victimization: Contributing Factors, Interventions, and Implications (American Psychological Association Press) and Partner Stalking: How Women Respond, Cope, and Survive (Springer Publisher).

This event is approved for 1.5 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California. UC Irvine School of Law is a State Bar-approved MCLE provider.

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Survivor Series

Inaugural Speaker Norma Cumpian, with Prof. Heidi Rummel

Monday, October 19, 2015 from 12:00–1:00 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1111

cumpian150In 1992 at the age of 22, fearing for her own life and the life of her unborn child, Norma Cumpian shot and killed her abusive boyfriend. Although domestic violence experts testified at her trial, the jury convicted Ms. Cumpian of second-degree murder and she was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Ms. Cumpian will share her story; the challenges women face while incarcerated, including separation from children, hopelessness, dehumanization, and the power structure in prison; and her inspiring journey. She will describe her vision of how a restorative justice model has the potential to positively change societal views of incarcerated people, and she will share the work she has done since 2010 with the Center for Restorative Justice Works to reunite children and their incarcerated mothers and fathers.

rummel150Heidi Rummel, Ms. Cumpian’s attorney, is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law where she directs the Post-Conviction Justice Project. Under her supervision, law students represent California life-term inmates, primarily women and juvenile offenders. The Project has won the release of nearly 100 women through the parole process, on habeas corpus challenging the denial of parole, and on habeas corpus challenging murder convictions where expert testimony of Intimate Partner Battering was not received by the court. Prof. Rummel has been involved in the passage of multiple recent legislative reforms to aid incarcerated survivors and youth. Prof. Rummel worked at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles from 1996-2005, prosecuting federal criminal civil rights offenses, including human trafficking, police misconduct, child pornography, and hate crimes. Previously, Prof. Rummel was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.


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Prof. Jane Stoever presents “Using Models from Psychology to Improve Legal Responses to Domestic Violence”

Wednesday, October 14, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law, MPAA 420

The dominant theories used to explain domestic violence, namely, the Power and Control Wheel and the Cycle of Violence, provide only limited insight into intimate partner abuse. Both theories focus exclusively on the abusive partner’s wrongful actions, consistent with recent decades’ concentration on criminalization, but fail to educate about the survivor’s needs and process of ending violence. The Stages of Change Model from the field of psychology, conversely, reveals the process through which domestic abuse survivors seek an end to relationship violence and identifies the survivor’s needs and actions at various stages. This critical information should inform domestic violence law and the representation of abuse survivors; however, this model remains unknown in the legal profession. Professor Stoever will discuss how insights from the Stages of Change Model can transform legal responses to domestic violence.

Professor Joan Meier

Joan-MeierProfessor of Clinical Law, The George Washington University School of Law

Family Violence Survivors in Family Court: An Uphill Battle

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015
3:00–4:30 p.m., RECEPTION TO FOLLOW

Please join us as Prof. Meier discusses Child Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence, and the Courts. 

Professor Meier is a nationally recognized expert on child abuse, domestic violence and the law and appellate litigation. In her more than 20 years at GW, she has founded three interdisciplinary domestic violence clinical programs, two of which provided legal representation, advocacy, and counseling to victims of family violence and have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as leading national models. In addition to her years of litigation and teaching, Professor Meier has co-written several significant pieces of federal and state legislation. She has published widely, and her scholarship focuses on custody and abuse litigation, in particular the misuse of psychological science in custody litigation. Professor Meier has received numerous awards for her work, including the Inaugural Sharon Corbitt Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence.

In 2003 Professor Meier founded the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), which provides pro bono appellate representation in compelling family violence cases, including Supreme Court cases, and trains attorneys, courts, and other professionals around the country. DV LEAP spearheaded the domestic violence amicus briefs in several Supreme Court cases, including Giles v. California (2008), and Hammon v. Indiana (2006), both concerning constitutional constraints on criminal prosecutions of domestic violence. In 2010, DV LEAP filed amicus briefs in Abbott v. Abbott, concerning the Hague Convention on International Civil Abduction, and Roberton v. U.S., concerning the enforcement of civil protection orders by criminal contempt. DV LEAP has received Justice for Children’s Leadership Award, the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Leadership Award, and the Mary Byron Foundation Celebrating Solutions Award. In 2011, DV LEAP received a two-year $450,000 grant award from the Dept. of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to provide trainings on the misuses of science in custody and abuse litigation, in partnership with the Leadership Council on Interpersonal Violence and Child Abuse.

Professor Meier is regularly interviewed in the media on domestic violence issues and was one of the featured commentators in the groundbreaking PBS documentary, “Breaking the Silence: Children’s Voices.” She previously practiced in two national law firms and in two public interest organizations providing legal services and freedom of information litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1980, cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1983, and clerked on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


Guest Lecture

jaquelyn-CampbellJacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
National Program Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Address Domestic Violence and Prevent Homicide 

Monday, November 24, 2014
5:00-7:00 p.m.
UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1111 

Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell is a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic and intimate partner violence (IPV). Her more than 12 major federally funded research investigations paved the way for a growing body of interdisciplinary knowledge in the disciplines of nursing, medicine, and public health. Her expertise is frequently sought by national and international policy makers in addressing IPV and its health effects (including HIV/AIDS). As a nurse educator and mentor, Dr. Campbell leads by example in inspiring new generations of nurse researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000, Dr. Campbell also was the Institute of Medicine/American Academy of Nursing/American Nurses’ Foundation Senior Scholar in Residence and currently serves as Co-Chair of the IOM Forum on the Prevention of Global Violence. Other honors include the Pathfinder Distinguished Researcher by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NIH), the 2011 Sigma Theta Tau International Research Award, the American Society of Criminology Vollmer award and one of 17 Gilman Scholars at Johns Hopkins University.  She is the currently a member of the Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence and served as past Chair and on the board of the House of Ruth Battered Women’s Shelter and four other shelters. Dr. Campbell was also a member of the congressionally-appointed U.S. Department of Defense Task Force on Domestic Violence. Dr. Campbell is widely published with more than 220 articles and ten books and holds a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.



Community Launch:communitylaunch


Friday, October 17, 2014, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Delhi Center, 505 East Central Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92707

  • Introduction of New Interdisciplinary Center
  • Examples of Family Violence Research at UC Irvine
    • Dr. Sandra Murray, Pediatrics
    • Prof. Jodi Quas, Psychology, Social Behavior, and Nursing Science
    • Prof. Ray Novaco, Psychology and Social Behavior
    • Prof. Jane Stoever, Law, Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic
    • Dr. Lisa Gibbs, Gerentology
    • Prof. Frithjof Kruggel, Biomedical Engineering
    • Vivian Clecak, CEO of Human Options
  • Community Feedback re: Local Research and Data Needs
  • Hosted Reception

UCI’s Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence unites community partners with faculty from 20 departments at UCI to address the complex, intractable problem of family violence. As we launch the Center, we wish to be a resource to the community, discover ways we can collaborate, and receive the community’s input on research and service needs. Please come prepared to share your ideas!